How I ate a dog: a Journey in North Korea and South Korea
In the summer of 2013 Evgeny Konovalov spent six months in North Korea, and six months later went to South Korea and compared their impressions. About the strangeness of people's…

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The Japanese language On-line: Christmas table in the Japanese style
New year is one of the favorite holidays in Japan. From ancient times it was considered purely a family celebration. On the eve of the feast, the night of December…

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Whether you want to try a stringy, viscous mass from fermented soy beans? Most likely, no! But natto, steamed and then passed the process of fermentation of soybeans, is a popular Japanese food. According to some estimates, each year more than 110 thousand tons of soy beans is used to produce 220 thousand tons of natto.

JAPANESE legend says that about a thousand years ago a warrior named Minamoto Yoshie found boiled soybeans. They were left on the rice straw and ferment. He tried them, and so natto was discovered. It is believed that by the end of the Edo period (1603-1867) in some areas of the country, natto has become an integral part of Japanese cuisine.

How to prepare natto? In the past, bundles of rice straw filled steamed soy beans and then kept them in a warm, humid place. In such conditions the bacterium (Bacillus natto), living in rice straw caused the fermentation. During fermentation proteins and glucide contained in soy beans were decomposed, forming a kind of thread that can stretch up to six meters.

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New year in South Korea

Koreans with a special thrill each the holiday and try to make it beautiful, bright and fun. South Korea — this is a country where holidays are valued and are able to carry out nicely. Not surprisingly, traditional for the country of morning freshness Oriental New year, in the process of globalization has added another Western winter celebrations.

New year in South Korea is celebrated twice — first on the solar calendar (i.e. in the night of 31 December to 1 January) and then lunar (usually in February). But if the “Western” New year in the land of morning calm has no symbolic load, the traditional New year according to the lunar calendar in South Korea is of special importance.

New year in Korea begins with a Catholic Christmas. As in Europe, Koreans dress up a Christmas tree, and prepare a variety of cards and gifts for family, relatives, friends and colleagues. It should be noted that Christmas celebrations in South Korea are even brighter than the calendar New year which is celebrated very formally. These days in the land of morning calm are perceived more as a rare weekend than festive. Therefore, all eager to escape to his hometown to visit his parents or just relax outside the city, for example, in the mountains. By the way, even there is an interesting mountain route which allows Continue reading