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 31, for new year’s eve meal was going all relatives.
Himself new year’s celebration is deeply symbolic, and this symbolism is especially evident in the Christmas food. On the table there is a long buckwheat noodles “soba”, promising longevity and well-being of the entire family, bean dishes, and beans you in the coming year of health problems and marinated herring ROE “kazunoko” – as a symbol of fertility in all senses of the word. From fish dishes traditionally choose carp as a symbol of strength, and small dried sardines, substitute new year wishes. And, of course, the obligatory dish of the Christmas table are rice cakes “Moti”.
In the old days in the New year’s eve cooking “Moti” took place with the participation of all family members or even neighbors. It was believed that “mochi” is the place where dwells the spirit, pokr overallstyle growth of rice. So, the more people will take part in the process, the richer will heal the entire County. Traditional method of preparation is quite time-consuming: the cooked rice is very sticky special varieties spread Continue reading
An exciting and unusual world of Japanese cooking has its own history and customs. It was created over centuries, based on the territorial peculiarities of the Japanese culture and traditions. Today, Japanese cuisine has received the widest distribution and has consistently enjoyed great popularity among people worldwide. Not the last role was played by the longevity of the Japanese nation, which, of course, is because they eat.
The main product is rice, which is included with most dishes and is the basis of the daily diet of the Japanese. From it prepare a variety of dishes for lunch, dinner and Breakfast. The difference is what is used Fig. For Breakfast, the Japanese prefer crisp rice, garnished with pickled vegetables for lunch – rice with boiled vegetables and for dinner with fish and meat broth. In Japan, rice was replaced by bread, it is used to cook alcoholic beverages and sweet desserts.
After rice the second most popular product is fish and seafood, served in boiled, fried, stewed or raw. The main highlight of Japanese cuisine, which has won great popularity among residents of European countries are now sushi. For this dish uses raw fish or seafood sliced into small slices. The pillow is made of a small lump of rice, formed of boiled fresh rice. The sushi rice is boiled in a special way, very adhesive and sticky. Continue reading
The culture of Japan resulted from a historical process that began with the relocation of the ancestors of the Japanese people on the Japanese archipelago from the continent and the emergence of a culture of Jomon. Modern Japanese culture was strongly influenced by Asian countries (especially China and Korea), Europe and North America.
One of the features of Japanese culture is its long development period in complete isolation of the country (sakoku policy) from the rest of the world during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which lasted till the middle of XIX century — beginning of the Meiji period.
The culture and mentality of the Japanese was influenced by an isolated territorial situation of the country, geographical and climatic features, as well as specific natural disasters (frequent earthquakes and typhoons), which resulted in a kind of Japanese attitude to nature as a living creature. The ability to admire the immediate beauty of nature as a feature of national character of Japanese, found expression in many art forms of Japan.
The history of Japanese culture:
The Jomon (10 thousand years BC — 300 BC) — first examples of ceramics, jewelry and female figurines the dog
The Yayoi (300 BC — 300 ad) — the transition Continue reading