How the Japanese celebrate Christmas and what have video games?
Japan is one of the most tolerant in religious countries. Despite the homogeneity of the population (over 98% Japanese), the range of religious denominations: Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox (the first Orthodox…

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The strange (and terrible) food in the world
Most of us are not considering seriously the possibility to get poisoned and die right at lunch time, but for those who dare to eat fugu, this possibility is quite…

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Table Setting in a Japanese style. Photos, ideas and tips

Sushi bars and Japanese restaurants flooded European cities, and all sorts of Japanese dishes appeared on the menus of many cafés and food delivery services at home. More and more people are imbued with Eastern traditions and culture, but limited to whether the diversity of dietary habits of the Japanese people eating with chopsticks chopsticks sake, rice and seafood? Of course, no. Japanese tradition is extensive, multifaceted and very complicated, for almost every actions has its own rules, they define what should be the dining table, how to sit, how to hold the sticks, what and in what order is, what utensils to serve a particular dish and what dishes will suit any guest.

Perhaps, like serving seem prudish. However, despite this attention to detail, is appreciated in Japan the beauty of contrasts. For example, the tables can get dishes of various sizes and geometric shapes. The apparent asymmetry of square serving dishes goes well with round, deep with flat, low and high. All must be harmony and balance, so the dishes and food on it should be placed in a certain way, so, I put a square plate diamond design, and complement round bowls. Following the same logic, treats rounded served on square plates and rectangular trays.

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The Japanese chef Kiyoshi Hayamizu shared in Minsk the skill of cooking Japanese food

Mr. Kiyoshi Hayamizu, chef from Japan, visited Minsk and presented to the Belarusian chefs master class, dedicated to Japanese cuisine.

Traditional Japanese cuisine is a culinary phenomenon with an ancient history.

Perhaps no other nation devotes as much attention to the process of cooking and eating like the Japanese. No wonder their national culinary tradition, which include the unique skill to combine foods for taste and colour, preferring natural and healthy products, appreciated all over the world.

In December last year, Japanese cuisine was included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Belarusian chefs to get to know the traditions of Japanese cuisine, chef with 30 years experience, author of textbooks and teacher Mr. Kiyoshi Hayamizu held a special master class.

Mr. Chef in the framework of the master class shared experience of cooking traditional tempura. the art of making Bento boxes and classic recipes Japanese desserts.

Kiyoshi Hayamizu received a license of the professional chef in Tokyo in 1980. Since then he has worked as a consultant on Japanese cuisine in France, Belgium and Germany, organized and conducted numerous Continue reading

Japanese new year tradition

Speaking of Japanese traditions, you have to keep in mind that the Japanese did not go systems around the clock and do not honor the national historical values. Although honor! I like that you always have the choice of style in almost any situation: a cabin on a passenger ferry from South to North can be European-style (bed) or Japanese (tatami and futon), tea at the restaurant – black English or any Japanese, as is the case with the interiors, toys, kitchenware – practically with everything. In this case, if we take, for example, a large firm, which is engaged in any conservative activity, or major holiday – there will likely prefer a traditional Japanese style of etiquette, customs and gifts. And no one will confuse what is European and what is Japanese.

The tradition of presenting Christmas gifts is also two immiscible stream: “Christmas gift” and the traditional Japanese greetings. Caps of Santa Claus boots with sweets – this in bulk, but always and everywhere there will be the opportunity to sign Japanese postcard, as expected, and to choose befitting etiquette, Japanese gift. I have no Japanese hangouts (sounds crazy, but such a life is also possible), so I never received nor sent such greetings myself, so may not know Continue reading