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
Japanese cuisine – is a special art to create still life on the plate, the ability to make and present a dish. Japanese food is simple, and the chef is committed to the appearance and taste of food as possible to preserve the original properties of the product. Cooking raw fish, for example, is often limited by the skillful cutting of it into slices and beautiful location it on the platter.
The basis of Japanese cuisine is based on plant foods, vegetables, rice, fish, all kinds of products shipped by sea, as well as beef, pork, lamb and poultry.
A favorite product of Japanese people from long ago is rice. Usually when cooked, not salted, so it is served spicy-salty or spicy-sweet seasoning. One of the most famous dishes in the world was the Japanese dish “sushi”, little rolls of nori (dried seaweed) stuffed with rice with toppings. From vegetables the most widely cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, turnips, eggplants, potatoes, soybeans.
Numerous national dishes prepared from seafood: shellfish, squid, octopus, crabs, shrimp, marine algae, including seaweed.
Widespread in Japan have received, and legumes (tofu and miso).
Tofu is bean cheese consisting of soy protein and resembling in appearance Continue reading
An integral part of the tradition of any nation is the glorification of the relics of his warriors, defenders of ancestral lands, the keepers of the hearth. The birth of a child is always a great joy for parents, but the boy appeared in the family – a subject of special pride. He will be the heir in the male line, will be the mainstay of the elderly mother and father.
Long ago a man in a Japanese family was the head, it depended on the welfare of family and friends, he was a tactician and strategist not only on the battlefield, but in civilian life. Today it is not so clear, however, the tradition of celebrating Boys ‘ Day (tango but sekku Celebration of the first day of the Horse) on the fifth day of the fifth month, i.e. the 5th of may, remains the same, as the attributes of this wonderful holiday.
In ancient China, during the reign of the Han dynasty ( III century BC – III century ad) originated the custom to gather herbs and wormwood ritual dolls. The rite was aimed at ensuring prosperity at home, and that child grew up strong and healthy.
In Japan the ritual penetrated in the first century ad and for a long time was not fixed by date. Only in the seventh century this day was celebrated on 5th day of 5 month of the lunar calendar. It was a very busy time of the year in agriculture: major Continue reading