Central Asia will explode after the death of Karimov
Candidate of historical Sciences, expert in Turkic Philology, political consultant Askar Kurmangaliyev about the difficult times for the Asian republics of the CIS.
In modern Central Asia there are three interesting problems. First – political. All Asian Republic, but one steadily followed the path of authoritarianism. They ruled unchallenged leaders – “fathers”, some of which get titles like “Albany”. This complies with the Asian mentality, but it leads to concentration of power and responsibility within a clan, who together with the country is held hostage to the fate of one person.
While in Kazakhstan Nazarbayev and Karimov in Uzbekistan, it seems that everything is in order. By the way, in Uzbekistan, many citizens think that Karimov had died, and in the procession carry the stands and the festive show of his twin. This fact well illustrates the importance of leader figures for people’s psychology. This figure eventually acquires superstition.
The only country that pretends to a democratic path of development in the region – this revolutionary Kyrgyzstan, where two presidents in their seats do not stay, and now completely limited to a parliamentary form of government. This, on the one hand, the danger for Kyrgyzstan. On the other hand, the Republic may need such independent experience in troubled times. Continue reading
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).
After the termination of the period of isolation, when the Japanese government lifted the ban on the construction of large ships capable of crossing the ocean, Continue reading
Virtually unchanged since the middle ages preserved traditional Japanese costume, national interior, literary Japanese tea ceremony, theatre “Kabuki”, “but” and “Bunraku” and many other equally peculiar traditions. And all this – surrounded by ultra-modern technological civilization!
There is a great importance tableware, table setting and decoration of dishes. Before the meal taken to wipe his face and hands with a special hot towel ” osibori “. Each dish is served in specially designed crockery for him and takes a strictly defined place on the table, each person is allocated an individual table. Courses no, the entire order (except tea) exhibit on the table at once, but is accompanied by adaptations to heat (chafing dish, spirit lamp) or combination dishes (separate gravy boat kits with spices, etc.). Tableware and serving items are strictly divided into “male” and “female”.
The Japanese carefully and lovingly refer to nature, admire the natural beauty of the landscape, weather, flowers or sea. Numerous ceremonies contemplation of flowering trees, the full moon or the autumn colors are integral elements of society.
The number of traditions and rituals that are required or recommended for compliance, is huge. Almost all spheres of life Continue reading
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.
Four main traditions
Today there are four main traditions: English, Japanese, Chinese and Russian . Of course, besides them there are also others, such as Indian, friska, Moroccan, American, French. Continue reading
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
This madness of Kim Jong Il is not the end. When he was at the head of state, Continue reading