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Tea traditions of Asia

 

In my childhood I lived in Central Asia and in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. And when did the idea of writing about tea traditions, I really wanted to go back in time, to memories of twenty years ago. To find something new about these peoples

and their customs and to remember the forgotten old. I hope this article will allow you a little bit to plunge into the world of Asian tea traditions and to feel the harmony and hospitality of Eastern culture, although a true tea house is impossible to find in the metropolis.

Teas in Central Asia

Familiarity with Central Asian people this wonderful drink would have happened earlier than in Europe. Through the East of the country caravans of the silk Road that carried lots of strange items, tea was one of them. This led to the fact that thirst-quenching drink, has acquired a special place in the culture of the peoples of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The mentality and customs of each country of Central Asia, has left its mark and formed their unique tea traditions: tea green tea, tea with butter and salt, using camel milk and cream, and many more unique recipes.

In Uzbekistan, the predominant consumption of green tea, only in the capital city of Tashkent, more popular black. Before drinking the tea in a thin stream poured from the bowl back into the pot, the procedure Continue reading

Fruit-berry shades of Japan

 

For myself, I noticed that the food in Japan is cooked very small portions. Probably why most Japanese people thin. )))

Surprisingly, until the end of the eighth century the Japanese had no idea about what sweets . As the dessert that used fresh or dried fruits, nuts and chestnuts, as well as soft, sticky rice cake “mochi”.

Let’s see what are Japanese sweets.

Sweet Japanese on the tables of aristocrats appeared in the form of a Chinese pastry made from a mixture of glutinous rice and wheat flour, in the land of the rising sun began the era of culinary sweets. However, distinctive national tradition of cooking all kinds of desserts was formed only in the twelfth century.

Traditional Japanese sweets are prepared on the basis of bean: yōkan, wire, nerikiri themselves. Bean yōkan pastille contains red bean paste, sugar and Japanese gelatin. Also added nuts, chestnuts, persimmons. Yōkan has a sugary-sweet taste and long shelf life enough. Were often presented to green tea. Wire like yōkan, but less sweet and softer. Nerikiri themselves – jam, which is made from white beans and sugar and served along with other sweets.

The oldest dish of Japanese cuisine – tortillas mochi (rice balls), which are prepared in a special way of glutinous Continue reading

The Tanabata festival of Japan

 

Since ancient times people were interested in the starry sky. This interest originated with its annual astronomy calendar, which was extremely important for agriculture, and astrology, with its myths, legends, and attempts to associate by joining together heaven, earth, of gods and men. Stars and constellations have received names, has found its own life, character, history. In honor of the most important gods arranged holidays to get them to continue an annual cycle, to preserve the order of the universe and to take the trouble.

During the Late Chinese Han dynasty (23 – 220 ad) emerged the legend of two lovers, the Weaver star and the Cowherd (the star VEGA in the constellation Lyra, Japanese Sokoji or Tanabata-TsUMe and Altair in the constellation Aquila, in Japanese Congo). Their love was so strong that they could not have issued, and MIGA in separation: Weaver gave up a loom, and the Shepherd left his flocks to. But, as their labors depended the heavenly life on earth, the people suffered untold misery. People cried to the gods and those he had compassion on them, dividing the lovers and allowing them to see each other only once a year.

This and other legends came to Japan from China in the VI-VII centuries, together with the rudiments Continue reading

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