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 Tanabata Festival in Japan
The Tanabata festival — one of the most romantic in Japan. It is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month — that is, 7 July in the Gregorian…

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Japan is Weird

For all its beauty, amazing culture and the most developed technologies, Japan has another side. Quite strange. All known weird Japanese music videos and commercials, scary movies, and non-standard behavior of modern Japanese. For example, the hikikomori – people-shut-ins usually is either very young or very elderly people, they isolate themselves from the world and spend all time at home, not leaving. They are called the “lost million.” But if you go into a house where lives a hikikomori, tourists most likely will not be able to go to the forest of suicides is really quite.

Forest Of Jukai, Aokigahara

At the entrance to the forest you will meet a sign which has an inscription that your life is priceless, her parents gave you, you should not break off, but if you hard and you are suffering, you are not alone, call us. Next is the phone number that you can call all who find themselves in difficult life situations…

Aokigahara is the suicide forest in Japan, also known as the “black Sea of trees”, “Forest of death” and other names in the same spirit. It is located on the island of Honshu mount Fuji. The forest covers an area of 35 square meters, he had appeared in this place in the 1st century ad, after the eruption of volcano Fuji. Cooled lava formed a plateau, which gradually became overgrown, Continue reading

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 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

Holidays in Japan

Introducing Japanese holidays – is an interesting and unusual way to understand Japanese culture and learn about the people that make this country so different.

To get the most out of the holiday, the most important thing to arrive in Japan on time. If you arrive too late, you will encounter incredibly inflated housing prices and terrible traffic jams, and the most interesting will pass by.

So, here are the five most important and celebrated throughout the country holidays in Japan.

To important holiday celebrating the new year in Japan is taken very seriously. Traditionally, new year’s eve the Japanese cook soba noodles, eaten exactly at midnight and starts the year. At dawn the Emperor prays for his people. The similarity with the Chinese new year is that on this holiday there is a special food, and children receive money in little envelopes. As a rule, all family members gather around the holiday table together, where not only eat and drink, and play games.

January 2 open access into the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace to everyone. Second time in a year the doors of the Palace will open only on December 23 – in the Emperor’s birthday. Many stores and businesses are closed until at least January 3. Another holiday, coming of Age day, Continue reading

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