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Japanese desserts

If you ask an inhabitant of the European part of the continent, Japanese desserts what he knows, we rarely hear anything besides green tea ice cream. Desserts of the rising sun is quite specific — you will not find them in chocolate or whipped cream.

For a long time doing fruits and nuts, the Japanese began to prepare the desserts just after the collision with European culture. But, again, maximally adapted to their traditions and abilities. A limited number of available components has resulted in surprising and unusual combinations, far from the desserts, as we understand them.

We have already touched on the desserts in the article about Japanese cuisine. but why not pay attention to them again?

The Japanese use amazing ingredients to create desserts

Japanese desserts – wagasi (wagashi, 和菓子) – skilful and unique sweets, made mostly from herbal ingredients. Wagasi played a significant role in the history of Japan. For many centuries some of these types of desserts prepared for the holidays, others otnosilis deities in the form of a sacred victim. And, of course, wagashi was more prosaic purpose. Used them with tea – the subtle sweetness of the desserts perfectly complement certain varieties of tea.

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Korean language

Studying abroad is a great experience. especially if you are interested in foreign culture and language. And Korea is an awesome place for anyone looking to expand their horizons. If you are thinking about studying in Korea, here are 12 facts that You should expect from Korean universities.

1) among Korean universities is very high competition, especially when it comes to foreign students as they strive to meet international standards. Foreign students are a good source of cash as well as help to improve the image of the University globally. Universities can accept as many foreign students as they want, while the Ministry of education sets quotas for the admission of Korean students.

2) if you want to participate in an exchange program or to graduate from a Korean University, you need to have a good command of Korean language. Most universities require a certificate of TOPIK (test of proficiency in Korean) level 3 – 4 level and above.

3) approximately 25-30% of your lectures will be taught in English, but Korean professors, the level of English which may not be very good. Thus, knowledge of Korean and here you will find useful when you contact any of the classmates to help you.

4) comparable to the cheapest tuition and accommodation, especially for those who come from the USA. Continue reading

Ikebana – the history and traditions

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Presented to your attention excerpts from “the Book of ikebana”, the author – Kawase Toshiro, 2000, with the aim of presenting the basic historical stages of development of the art of ikebana.

An offering to the gods

The nature of Japan’s rich, beautiful and diverse, that has always led people in awe. Seasonal changes so distinct in Japan, showed to the people all the colors of the plant world. In the “Nihonteki”, the annals of 720 g. for it is written, as fact that «all plants can talk” that all the trees and flowers, talking to us, using our human language. Unity with nature is clearly evident even from the names by which the ancient Japanese had named their gods. For example, konohana ward-Saku-ya-hime (Princess-Flowering tree)… In ancient times the Japanese believed that in every manifestation of nature’s living deity, be it stone, or a flower… Along with the ritual visit to a Holy place was developed and the rite of the meeting of the gods. A special ceremony known as “kami-mukae” (the meeting of deity) was dedicated to the arrival of the deity. Some bait or a beacon for the deities Continue reading

Wedding in Japan

For centuries in Japan, love was considered an unnecessary element family relations. Until the early TWELFTH century was raspostranen polygamy, especially in aristocratic circles. Interestingly, after the wedding, my husband lived in the house of his wife and her relatives. Having several wives, the husband moved to potjanee year, from one house to another.

In the TWELFTH with the emergence of the samurai class marriage has become monogamous. Although, men still had the right to have fun on the side. In marriage, virginity was only necessary for the bride. The wife is completely subordinate to the husband. Her life and her property passed into his possession. Marriage in samurai families was more of a war clan or Union. The final word in the consent to the marriage belonged to the elders. Now this tradition is almost lost.

True to the tradition

Up to the present day in Japan preserved the ancient tradition to play weddings in the summer. Very popular wedding halls in sintoistskim, Buddhist or Christian style, the decoration of which and the altar, reminiscent of the temple only. The Japanese are tolerant of other religions and for them it does not matter which religion will be the Church for the wedding ceremony. The main thing that was beautiful and festive! Traditional Japanese wedding Continue reading

Life in Japan, a detailed description of the usual way of life

Life in Japan

Japan is an extraordinarily beautiful country with centuries-old traditions and customs that have survived until today and are firmly rooted in the daily lives of the residents of the Rising Sun. It’s no secret that Japan is considered a country inhabited by perennials. According to statistical organisations, the life expectancy of the Japanese can reach 90 years, moreover, quite often, some Japanese cross the threshold of the century. Naturally, there is quite logical question – what is this life expectancy in Japan? To answer it, you must understand what life in Japan differs from life in other countries.

The conditions of life of the modern Japanese

More than half of Japanese population live in their own homes. And only about 30% of the population or rents the dwelling, or live in that apartment or room provided by the state or the company that runs the Japanese. Private houses are mostly located in the suburbs, where to Dobritsa to work on your own car, and in the absence of that – on the train.

The Japanese house is a distinctive structure that consists of a canopy as a roof set on wooden rafters or supports. A feature of these wooden houses is the lack of Windows in a traditional form, they are replaced by walls that moved apart if necessary (cesdi). Modern house (or apartment), the average Japanese most often consists Continue reading

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