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 Church was erected under the leadership of Archbishop Nicholas of Japan in the late nineteenth century), followers of sects and new religions. More than 80% of the population is Buddhist and Shinto, with many Japanese at the same time profess both. The fact is that, in the sixth century when Buddhism first came to the Japanese archipelago, dominated Shinto, there was quite an open religion, and many Japanese gods, kami, were perceived as incarnations of Buddhas. Today the name of one of the most famous images, many-armed Kannon, is the manufacturer of cameras and cameras. It all eventually significantly affects popular culture in General and video games in particular: the Japanese easily use any religious names, symbols, and paraphernalia to draw heroes, villains, monsters, weapons, clothing and even whole cities, and nobody within Japan will never take offense. Beautiful, unusual and great, no offense.
Japanese friend admits: “when I feel bad, I’m a Buddhist, because I hope that this is my last life and I won’t have to be reborn and suffer Continue reading
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 On-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 the visitors of the stores is given as a traditional gift animal figure is a symbol of the coming year.
We can not talk about traditional Japanese decoration of the home before the New year, the so-called kadomatsu, Continue reading
Japanese cuisine combines centuries-old traditions, values and the spirit of the Japanese people, expressive and different from any other cuisine of the world. For a modern European, Japanese food – is as exotic as, say, Japanese – Russian cuisine. The main secret of unmatched Japanese food – in the careful selection of products, the aesthetics of table setting and serving, as well as a special philosophy, which lies at the heart of Japanese cuisine. The most valuable thing on the table Japanese gourmands – the products created by nature, those who retained their original properties. This is not surprising: after all, what created by nature cannot compete with its taste and usefulness to others. On the Japanese table, unlike Russian, never finding the “heavy” food with huge portions. All portions of Japanese cuisine are distributed so as to avoid drunkenness and excess in eating. The large size of the dishes, the Japanese prefer variety. The Japanese like when meal consists of several small dishes of different taste, arranged with good taste. Often eating in a Japanese family, so graceful, like during the traditional tea ceremony. Special attention is paid to Japanese seafood. Their sushi is so popular in Europe that there is probably no European country in which not prepared the traditional Continue reading
While in school, I read a beautiful legend about a young amazing girl who became a victim of love’s own father.
He wanted to marry her, and to save himself from shame, the girl asked to build a high tower and jumped from there into the waves of the Caspian sea. And as soon as I had the opportunity, I decided to visit Azerbaijan and to show that the famous tower of his daughter.
The road to the hotel
In Baku we flew by plane. To our hotel was not too far away, however, being with a small child, I decided to use the taxi. Before the trip I studied the traditions and customs of this country, even as someone on a tip. It turned out that the taxi driver not to leave no reward. Just originally must specify the route and the exact fare. And so I did.
On the road my little girl fell asleep. I didn’t want to Wake her, so I asked the receptionist to help me. He carried a few suitcases and a sleeping daughter in the room. Tip in the case of delivery of Luggage be from three to five manat (the Azerbaijani national currency). But since he did me additional services, I gave the clerk 10 manat. He was pleased with. And most importantly, in the future, always on my first request fulfilled small orders. When leaving, I again thanked him several coins.
City tour and acquaintance with the waiter-guide
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Becoming more popular tourist vacation in exotic Asia. Ancient, thousand year old monuments and palaces, the unique nature, the diversity of national cuisine and much more attracts our tourists to these countries.
But coming on holiday to Asia, you must prepare and study the national characteristics of each country, the mentality of their residents, as the national culture of Asia is very different from European. Here are some tips a bit to adapt to the behavioral peculiarities of the national cultures of the countries of Asia.
Coming to China, the first thing you notice is that people speak too loud. This does not mean that they are angry, or show what – that aggression, such dialogues and intonation, is a national peculiarity of the Chinese.
Do not be surprise if you will approach, and will be gazed at. It is a manifestation of curiosity, not hostility. In China it is not considered strange or not decent.
Some features of the local restaurants, cafes, etc. is that Shanghai people usually do not leave a tip. Considering that enough of the service charge, which is included in the bill. But if you give 20-30 yuan tip, to worry not what will be.
Do not settle immediately on the offer to enjoy delicious, exotic and expensive dish, but if you are willing to try the fins of sharks Continue reading