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
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
It would seem that tea and tea — what’s special about it? But tea, like national cuisine, each country has its own characteristic features. Check these pics, they are really worth considering!
Match (in Japanese sounds like matcha) green tea, powdered. This type of tea traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremony.
India has its own rich and diverse history of tea. Traditional tea masala for few millenniums were shipped through South Asia before tea industry has developed in the territory of the British colonies.
In the UK black tea served with milk and sugar and drink several times a day. Who has not heard about the traditional “five o clock”?
Perhaps, Turkish coffee and famous all over the world, but in fact, hot tea is much more popular there. Drink it with every meal and even in between meals. Black tea in Turkey is served without milk but with sugar, the taste.
Traditional Tibetan oil tea (“cha Bo”) served with salt and butter. To achieve a more rich and bitter taste, the tea is brewed and infused within a few hours. Oil and salt are added to the tea just before serving.
Tea with fresh mint leaves incredibly popular in Morocco and much of North Africa. Continue reading