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SOUTH KOREA

 

A state in the northeastern part of Asia, located in the South of the Korean Peninsula. In the North the country borders with the Korean People-but-Demokraticheskoi Republic (length of 238 km border). In the West, South Korea is washed by the Yellow sea, on the East by the sea of Japan, in the South-East, the Korean Strait separates the country from Japan. The coastline is 2 413 km. the Total area of the country 98480 km2. The topography of the country is hills and mountains. Main mountain range – the Eastern Korean mountains, situated along the Eastern coast. The highest point in the country is mount Hala-San is on the island Jeju-do. The shores of the sea of Japan is mountainous straightforward. Coast of the Korean Strait and the Yellow sea mostly flat, with numerous bays and coves. Almost all valleys are located in this region. The main rivers are the Han and Naktongan. Major minerals: tungsten, iron, manganese, copper ore, gold, silver. Arable land covers 21% of the territory.

The population is 45 552 882 (1995), the average population density of about 463 persons per km 2. The ethnic composition homogeneous: almost all residents – Koreans, relatively small decreases in the proportion of the population are Chinese. The official language of Korean Buddhism is professed by 27% of population, Christianity – 24%, other religions – Confucianism, chondogyo. Continue reading

Funeral traditions of Japan

 

Naughty children screaming ran into a memorial hall. They did not notice the portrait in the frame, no flowers mourning nor grieving relatives who served, we left the hall, preparing for the ceremony tonight. Almost upsetting the owner of the coffee shop, I ran to catch up with their child. Catching it in your arms, I drew his attention to the center of the room and on the portrait of a woman. And, for a while thinking how to explain the situation two-year-old, said: “See that woman? She died. There, in the street, are her relatives. It is very sad that she died. There is no need to run. This is not good.” up To this point we have touched upon the topic of death of animals and plants, but that the death and the person he heard for the first time. I didn’t know how he will react to it. His reaction surprised me. He said: “I mean “Sorry”!” . I paused again – this time over whether two-year-old to apologize for what he did out of ignorance. And said “If you want to!” . He wanted. He turned to the portrait and said to the dead woman, in Japanese: “Excuse me!” . Then bowed to her and took my hand. I repeated after him a nod and turned around. Us watched in amazement Japanese.

It was the first time we’ve encountered in Japan Continue reading

Family traditions in Japan

 

Mother and child — do not spill water

Women with babies everywhere — it is certainly not the first thing that can at once be evident, for example, in Tokyo, but still a lot of them, and not only on the streets and in the parks. These tiny Japanese women with the precious burden on his chest everywhere — in supermarkets, hairdressers, subway, in all public places. Women typically carry children in slings or backpacks special front or behind you. Even Japanese designers have designed jackets and coats for active moms with special inserts, pockets, to toddler, sitting comfortably on the breast, was protected from the weather. From the outside it looks funny and unusual for our European eyes. So go in the crowd of passers-by in rainy cloudy day, and you scurry past the two-headed creation in the hoods is a doting mother hurry, as usual with their children, in jackets from Japanese fashion Designers entertainers.

Generally very close contact of mother and child in the first years of his life is the basic rule in relation to the baby. When a Japanese girl decides to have a baby, she already psychologically ready to dedicate myself to this new little man, giving Continue reading

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