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Let’s Talk about tea: tea traditions of different countries

Except water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. Daily entire population of the Earth consumes about 3 billion cups of tea. Although, in terms of per person is not too much — a little less than half a Cup. Do you know where was brewed the largest Cup of tea . Today I’m inviting you on a journey through the tea world map where each country has its own traditions. And what is interesting — many of them tea is considered the national drink.

The birthplace of tea is China. About the origin of tea there is a strange legend. One monk (according to other sources, it was the Prince) gave a five-year vow of wakefulness, but in the fourth year could not resist and fell asleep once. Waking up, in the hearts he cut off his eyelids and threw them to the ground. On this place grew the first tea Bush, the leaves of an infusion which possessed the ability to banish drowsiness.

Legend legend, but the Chinese drink tea for over 5000 years, along with supplying tea in different countries of the world. According to another legend, the first taster of tea was the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BC He noticed how the tea leaves accidentally dropped into a Cup of boiling water, imparted a pleasant Continue reading

Culture, art and traditions of Japan

Introduction

1. A brief historical background

2. The Japanese tradition

3. Kinds of culture and art of Japan

4. Cultural attractions of Japan

Conclusion

References

Introduction

Japanese culture is a unique phenomenon not only in the context of global culture, but also in some other Eastern cultures. It has continually evolved since X – XI centuries. C XVII until mid XIX century, Japan was practically closed to foreigners (only communication was maintained with the Netherlands and China). In this period of isolation Japan experienced creative development of national identity. And when after several centuries before the world finally revealed the rich traditional culture of Japan, she had a strong influence on the subsequent development of European painting, theatre and literature.

1. A brief historical background

First, I’d like to tell you a bit about Japanese history, because I think that history and culture are closely connected with each other, and that in many ways, the story defines the culture of the country. So, the Japanese archipelago took present form 10,000 years ago. Next 8 000 years lasted Jomon era, when we lived a primitive hunter-gatherers. He eventually Continue reading

Tea traditions of the world

One Russian artist of the XIX century said that it is impossible to feel and understand the world, if not to drink strong fragrant tea. Today this drink is one of the most popular in the world. The history of its origin has tens and hundreds of centuries.

Even 4000 years ago, Chinese healers learned that the drink given to people by the Gods, saves from all troubles, heal illnesses and adds energy for the whole day. But how many people, so many tastes, so each people in own way enjoys tea. Some are making the leaves of the miracle of the Bush to a strong concentration, others do not even give him the infusion, still others mix the tea with lemon, milk and other ingredients. Unites all honor and respect to the divine treat.

Real foodies and fans of the drink know that arriving in a particular country, people may be faced with a highly sophisticated tea drinking ritual, which includes lots of subtleties and nuances. We offer you to familiarize yourself with the major tea traditions of the world, to avoid embarrassing situations and not be trapped.

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