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Japanese food and traditional Japanese dishes

FOOD IN JAPAN

In Japan a traveler will never have any problems with eating – the number of different restaurants and eateries in the country just enormous. In most of the cities are available in not only traditional Japanese food but also various types of international cuisine (from French and Italian to Indian and Mexican). The Japanese almost never invite guests to their homes, preferring to communicate or to solve business issues in restaurants and cafes.

At lunch time in Japanese restaurants offer set meals, i.e. a fixed set of dishes, usually consisting of meat or fish, bowls of soup, pickles and rice. The cost of this lunch is about 1000 yen (360 rubles). The names of the dishes on the menu, normally listed only in Japanese, but if necessary, the waiter will help you with the selection and tell what is what.

Average account size in inexpensive Japanese cafe is from 800 to 1200 yen (290-430 rubles) per person; good lunch or dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant will cost around ¥ 4,000 (1,440 rubles). A Cup of coffee at a decent cafe costs 300-400 yen.

Usually after meals give a check, which you need to pay at the counter at the exit café.

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ASIA minor, Architecture of Sumer and Akkad

SOUTHWEST ASIA

For three millennia (from the end of the 4th Millennium BC) in the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates (Mesopotamia), as well as in the coastal areas of the Mediterranean sea and the mountainous areas of the Central part of Asia Minor arose the centers of ancient culture – the early slaveholding States: Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Syro-Phoenicia, Assyria, the Hittite States, Urartu, and others.

West Asia can be called a kind of cradle of world civilization. Diverse peoples living in these States, as in contact with the Asian mainland and South East Asia, and Cretan-Mycenaean world.

In the art of southwest Asia have developed the same kinds of art, and in Egypt: monumental architecture, round sculpture, relief, small plastic, jewelry art. But the unique environmental conditions determine whether features of the architecture of Mesopotamia: the erection of buildings on elevated locations, use of less durable material – mud brick, simple cubic volumes, etc., the Underdevelopment of the mortuary cult in Mesopotamia led to the lack of monumental sculpture. However, statues of deities and rulers significant. In the reliefs of Mesopotamia born topics related to victorious wars, acts of rulers. Continue reading

National symbols of Japan

The origin of the name “Japan” dates back to the distant historical past. The great traveler Marco Polo territory, where the modern Japanese state, was called the “Zipan-th”, and the basis probably took the Chinese word “JI-Ben-th”, which means Eastern Empire. The Japanese, who throughout its history very much borrowed from the Chinese, said relevant Chinese characters as “Russia”, and then began to pronounce as “Nippon”. First, the Japanese used that word as the name of the largest island, and then began to label the group of Islands, later – all state. Their country the Japanese call “Dai Nippon”, which means “land of the rising sun”.

Flag Of Japan

In ancient Japan, flags with the image of the sun were used by some influential families. Mention of such flags met in the Chronicles for nearly six centuries ago.

It is known that the attempts of the Mongolian invasion of Japan in 1274 and 1281. the representative of the influential religious sect Nichiren handed the flag to the country ruled by warlord – shogun. One of the great unifier of Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi used this flag in his Korean campaigns (1592 and 1597).

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