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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

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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Unknown facts about North Korea

No matter where you recently learn news – North Korea everywhere is one of the main topics. The change of government, aggressive rhetoric, threats of nuclear attack by North Korea holds the attention of the world. However, very little is known about life inside this closed country. This list presents the most crazy things that happened inside one of the most notorious countries in the world.

Kim Jong-Il hated flying

One of the most known facts about the now deceased former leader of North Korea is that he is very much afraid to fly the plane. Therefore, in the country he moved only constructed under the order of the armored trains for about 20 and built specifically for him. Each train was luxuriously equipped: they have meeting rooms, bedrooms, flat-screen TV, satellite, telephone lines, and more. Every day while traveling helicopters were delivered to him on a train live lobsters, which he ate with silver chopsticks and brandy. It may seem extravagant for a Hollywood star, but we must not forget that in this country some children eat tree bark.

Official biography of Kim Jong Il

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Information about Japanese culture, traditions and customs which can shock us. 1. The strongest swear words in Japanese is comparable to our words "fool" or "idiot". The degree of insult…

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