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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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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

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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