New year – the most favorite and fun time for the Japanese, moreover, it is one of the three major holidays of the country , along with the Foundation Day of the state and the birthday of the Emperor. In earlier times, New year was celebrated according to the lunar calendar, but since the end of XIX century it corresponded with the New year of the Gregorian calendar and the celebration of Christmas. The Japanese are preparing for the holiday ahead of time: the whole month of December of the outgoing year is busy with holiday chores and preparations.
Markets and fairs on the eve of the New year – evidence of the holiday hustle and bustle. Since the mid eighteenth century were arranged colonies of birds (tori no ichi). Special demand used the rake (kumade) – good luck charm. Popularity since the end of the nineteenth century acquired Fair of the year (Toshi no ichi), which was a buy-sell stuff (nanaka URI) in Tokyo in the Asakusa district, near the temple of the goddess Kannon. Widely was izvestnoi fair in Tokyo in Setagaya ward (Setagaya Boro-ichi), where the residents sold the unnecessary to make the purchases for the New year.
In our day of the fair has lost its former meaning and now are just Continue reading
Asia – features of shopping
Shopping – is an international phenomenon. Shopaholic is a great opportunity to purchase a variety of interesting and stylish things in different parts of the world. If you are in Asia, then you should definitely visit the Oriental Bazaar. There you can buy everything! Starting with Goodies and gifts for relatives and friends and ending with original, interesting things. For many people East market – is an incredible source of unforgettable emotions. At the Bazaar so professional salespeople that they understand at a glance, how much money is in your wallet the purchaser, and whether it has the opportunity to buy this or that thing. So to trade on this market does not work. But buyers need to be very careful, as Bazaar is not without charlatans who sell low-quality stuff at exorbitant prices. For this you need to read this article till the end and remember just a few points.
The rules of shopping in Asian countries:
The most important rule is not to show sellers the place where your money. It is desirable to distribute the money in some places, for example, some of the money in your wallet, and the other part in which – some secret pocket. Also in the Bazaar is almost impossible to find any – or the product with the price tag. You should specify on your favorite goods, and the seller Continue reading
In Japan chopsticks (Hashi) came from China in the 12th century and were made of bamboo. It was believed that eating with chopsticks immortal gods and emperors. There are many variations of shapes and sizes of reusable chopsticks, which sometimes present a work of art: they are painted, lacquered, encrusted with mother-of-pearl and decorated with different patterns.
Modern Hasi are of bone, wood (bamboo, pine, cypress, plum, maple, black or purple sandalwood), round or square cross-section with a conical or pyramidal tip.
Varieties of Japanese chopsticks
Now in most restaurants of Japanese cuisine chopsticks disposable (waribashi), made of plastic. Disposable chopsticks are a relatively recent invention, which appeared at the end of last century. Often before use they should, if you haven’t already, break along.
It is believed that chopsticks are training small muscles, developing mental abilities, so in Japan are taught to deal with Hashi from an early age. Instilling in children the desire to master the chopsticks Japanese scientists consider important and relevant for your country task. Confirmation Continue reading