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Photos of Japanese Christmas traditions

Japanese food, osati – a symbol of the traditional new year’s table. Famous chef Fumio Kondo shows the cooking process is familiar to every Japanese holiday dishes. For him it is a matter of special importance, because every year the Condo chef puts his heart and soul into the preparation of special sets of oseti to deliver them to the table of the family of his deceased mentor of all time foodie, writer Shotaro Ikenami.

The story of oseti

It is believed that the tradition of Christmas treats osati rooted in the Heian period (794-1185), when held in the Palace festival Satie . During the Muromachi period, the population also began to cover the festive table and bring the deity of solenosti. At the same time began to be served and Zoni – soup with rice cake mochi, and other ingredients which vary widely depending on the terrain, and other products that later became traditional for the new year. Since the second half of the Edo period (1603-1868) solenosti for offerings to Shinto gods became soak and cook. Thus began the tradition treats oseti .

Traditional oseti is a set of 4 boxes of OZU . although at present more and more often only three. Each of the boxes contains a seasonal Continue reading

Ethnic style

Consider in more detail ethnic style based on the traditions and culture of Ukrainian people. Surprisingly, in the Ukrainian style until that moment may be public places, mainly cafes and restaurants, and accommodation is very rare.

The influence of the traditions of Ukraine for the formation of ethnic identity

Ukrainian style is very rich and colorful. It is characterized by natural materials, weaving; in the old days every house was embellished with embroidered hostess towels and whole paintings. Ukrainians painted the housing not only inside but also outside, and window frames, doors, and furniture were decorated with intricate carvings. An integral part of the interior was considered wooden sculptures on biblical themes. Wood made not only furniture, but also the utensils — spoons, buckets. House to house definitely was a decorative shelf, which is adorned with plates and other pottery. Definitely was a shelf for the icons, it was established in the red corner. Tableware was mostly made of clay is of various pots, jugs, bowls, are painted patterns. Moreover, for each region of Ukraine has its own motifs, colours and murals.

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How it is accepted to celebrate the New year in Japan

New year in Japan is called O-segatsu . This is the most favorite and bright holiday and new year’s holidays, lasting from 28 December to 4 January, are days of rest for everyone. Stops at this time practically all of business life in the country. There were times when O-segatsu celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the late 19th century the Japanese started to celebrate this holiday according to the generally accepted Gregorian calendar.

Japan is a country rich in diverse, interesting customs and traditions. In celebration of the New year it is very noticeable. Preparing for the holiday before its occurrence. On the streets of Japanese cities are many Christmas fairs, selling everything from Souvenirs and clothing to ritual objects. For Example, Hamami. This blunt arrows with white feathers that protect the house from harm and evil forces. Or Takarabune. Are the ships with rice and other “treasures” on which are seated seven gods of fortune. Very popular talisman for good luck — Canada (translated as “bear’s paw”). It reminds made of a bamboo rake. This thing is supposed to “rake” happiness. With every purchase of the stores visitors are handed a gift in the traditional figure of the animal – symbol of the coming year.

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