Useful info about Japan


Holidays: Japan ranks first in the world in the number nominalnych holidays. 1 January (New year), January 15th (adult Day) 11 February (national Foundation Day), April 29 (Day of spring), may 3 (Constitution Day), may 4 (declared holiday), 5 may (children’s Day – very interesting to Europeans. On this day the streets are filled with children from 3 to 6 years in a bright kimono), September 15 (respect for elders Day), October 10 (health Day), November 3 (culture Day), November 23 (labor Day), December 23 (Emperor’s birthday).

National characteristics: the characteristic Japanese courtesy and friendliness. They appreciate tradition and ceremony.

In Japanese homes, in restaurants floors are covered with tatami (straw). Razivaetsya be taken before you step on them.

Japanese bath (“furo”) is created not for washing, but for rest and relaxation. Before zalest to the bathroom to take a shower. After relaxing in the bath should be drained from hot water, because the water heats up for several people.

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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.

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Azerbaijan Preserving the language


As reported Day.Az with reference to AzerTAc, 7 November in Paris, the French national Institute of Oriental languages and cultures (INALCO) opened the faculty of Azerbaijani language.

The opening ceremony was attended by first lady of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO Mehriban Aliyeva .

French Institut of Oriental languages and cultures teaching languages of the indigenous peoples of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Pacific, Africa and the Americas, geography, history, political, economic and social life of countries in these regions and continents. The youth language school founded in 1669 during the reign of king Louis XIV of France, in the twentieth century has received the status of the Institute. After the Second world war the Institute was taught up to 50 languages. The Institute received its current name in 1971, were operated in 3-m the University of Paris. Since 1985 he is an independent structure. Currently, the Institute trained more than 11 thousand students Continue reading

Development of culture in Central Asia


Already in the IX century in the region the political power of the Arabs had somewhat subsided. The Board gradually local dynasties. But the Arab, Islamic to be exact. civilization has given a considerable impetus to the revival and then a powerful revival of cultural life here. It is generally assumed, a hundred and IX-XII centuries Central Asia was a period of early Renaissance.

Representatives of the region made a significant contribution to the human civilization. What were the factors that contributed to the takeoff?

By the end of 8 or early 9 century, the situation in the region has begun to stabilize. In the Arab Caliphate after the coming to power of the Abbasid dynasty had begun to understand better the importance of the development of science, of culture for social progress. The essence of religion, Islam also has directed people to knowledge, humanistic values.

Socio-economic interests of Central Asia also dictate the need of development of material and spiritual culture. The creation of centralized States of the Samanids, Karakhanids and Khorezm breeds the conditions for intensive development of Sciences. Many rulers sympathetic to spirituality and enlightenment and patronized the development of culture. Happens flourishing architecture (construction of mosques, Continue reading

Central Asia


Opens in Tashkent regional office of the Alliance. While the authorities of Kyrgyzstan, loudly promised to withdraw the U.S. base in 2014, was surprised to find that NATO trucks already year something carry on the country without any permission.

3 June in the capital of Uzbekistan will host a presentation of the regional office of NATO. The NATO office in Tashkent will be responsible for strengthening dialogue and practical cooperation with all partners of NATO in Central Asia — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. According to official Uzbek media, with links to foreign sources, the head of mission will be a citizen of one of NATO countries, but the position of his assistant considers candidates from among the citizens of Uzbekistan.

This quiet event, has not received wide coverage, in fact, may be the key in expanding NATO influence in former Soviet Central Asian republics.

Uzbekistan is becoming an Outpost of NATO in Central Asia and the level of cooperation of this country with Western military increases continuously. And while many analysts believe that the mere opening of the regional office Continue reading

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