Tales Of Japan


1. Dreams come true

In high school I was reading books about Japan. Dream to visit this amazing country seemed sky-high, on a par with flying to the moon.

But years passed and now, I live in Japan!

I set a goal to marry and move to another country. Unfortunately, in my beloved Ukraine, I have lost hope to change things for the better in my life.

Sacking future husband was long and difficult. The truth was I didn’t want to leave for Japan. I was looking for someone who will be a father to my daughter, and I was a good husband.

There was a large correspondence with men from different countries. Hopes, disappointments, new hopes.

Letters from Japan, from my future husband, were special. It is always interesting to tell about yourself, about your family, send lots of photos. He often called us and cared for us with my daughter. I realized that this man really wants to marry me! But the final decision could be taken only after a personal meeting. And my daughter, at the invitation of the groom, flew to Japan.

Fuji welcomed us very well. Every day he showed us the sights of the Japanese. My daughter noticed that the first time, with delight and flood of impressions we exchanged with her one sentence. “look, Look! Wow. ”

A month later we got married and now I have a new family, new home and new life.

Dreams come true!

2. Myths about life in Japan.

Japan is really an amazing country. Already, nearly three years I’ve lived here, but never ceases to amaze its customs, traditions, cuisine, people.

Unfortunately, our knowledge and understanding of it and the Japanese often contain a lot of unsubstantiated myths and legends than truth.

The first myth: Japan is a small country.

The area of Japan is 377 thousand square kilometers, almost equivalent to the Italian territory and more than Germany. Japan’s population of 125 million people is only slightly less than the population of Russia. Japan nature is very diverse – it’s not just megacities like Tokyo, but also forests, fields, rivers and mountains.

The second myth: In Japanese cities, the world’s largest population density.

This is incorrect. The three most patronising cities are Manila, Shanghai and Cairo. Tokyo is on the seventh place. Moscow – thirteen, new York- fourteenth.

The third myth: Japanese are hard-working and sober people who can’t have fun.

Yes, the Japanese work a lot. Here is the shortest vacations in the world-2 weeks. But the expression “to burn on the job” came from Russia. The number of deaths from reprocessing in Russia and Japan, about the same.

The Japanese are also not fools to drink. Their views about recreation and entertainment in many respects similar to Russian. Very popular, for example, camping or with friends.

The fourth myth: Japanese are very difficult to understand.

This is incorrect. To understand Japanese is no harder than Americans. They are practical and rational, not prone to philosophical illusion and a profound meditation.

Another thing is that the Japanese are very polite and rarely deny or sharply Express a negative opinion. They are calm and open.

The fifth myth: the Japanese culture is very difficult to understand, and the Japanese language very difficult to learn.

No more than any other culture and any other language. Japanese culture is very unusual yet interesting. And Japanese language is difficult only Chinese characters, which, by the way, the problems at many Japanese.

The sixth myth: Japanese children learn a lot.

On average, no more than Russian children.

However, they are still going in “JUKU”-tutoring courses for admission to the University or high school. But such courses exist in many countries. In Japan it is believed that school is a place where the child must learn first, hard work and diligence.

The seventh myth: the Japanese like it when foreigners try to speak Japanese.

Not more than the residents of other countries. To some it seems flattering that someone annoying. Do not try to say phrases, the pronunciation and the meaning of which you are not sure.

The eighth myth: Many Japanese are proficient in martial arts.

Japanese schools employ some types of martial arts, but usually, this is Kendo – the art of swordsmanship, useless in a fight, unnecessarily carrying an offensive weapon is prohibited in Japan. No real fighting techniques in the school study, and extracurricular activities are few who have the time.

3. Japanese cuisine.

People from any country will find in Japan foods and dishes to your taste. And if something seems too exotic and unusual, it is possible to die from hunger, still will not work.

The taste of European, Japanese dishes, somewhat deflating. But here, as popular spicy and peppery dishes. Huge selection of fish and seafood, vegetables and fruits. Exotic look in stores shelves with squid, ogromnymi crabs, seashells of different sizes and shapes, giant ruddy shrimp, squid and calimarie.

Owners of Japanese restaurants try to make their restaurant special.

The water mill, in the cozy garden of pine trees and stone lanterns, gurgling at the entrance. The garden itself, in the traditional Japanese style, is arranged inside the restaurant and on the rocks running stream, clear as a tear. Somewhere in the distance causes an old Japanese song. Paper lanterns fill the room with warm, soft light. Mats on the floor. Chopsticks on tiny stands. Set of spices and sauces on the table.

If I previously offered salad of jellyfish, I’d say it’s a joke! But now, it’s my favorite dish.

Jellyfish, certain species are caught off the coast of China. There, they remove the tentacles kept their “carcass” in a special marinade. Why the jellyfish is transformed into a semi-transparent thin pellet of tender cartilage.

In the form of such pellets jellyfish brought to Japan, where they are carefully selected by size, color and quality.

For one of the salads, cake jellyfish are cut into thin stripes of a width of about 3-4 mm. are Mixed with stewed vegetables, herbs and pour sauce. Medusa lightly, pleasantly crunchy at the end on the teeth and impossible to leave on the plate, a little of this salad!

Japanese cuisine is delicate and shows a poetic respect for nature’s gifts. Local chefs strive to preserve the original taste and appearance of food to the fish or vegetables cooked remained themselves.

This is the fundamental difference between Japanese food from cooking in other countries very aptly noticed, a great connoisseur of Japan, who lived there for decades, the Italian Fosco Maraini.

He wrote: “If Chinese food is the human introduction to art (how is this special sauce? What were these strange balls in original form?). If Western food is an introduction to human power (the More the better Poploc-it! These weapons of war – knives, forks! Shining metal cutting red flesh), then Japanese food is a connection to nature (the root is the root; the sheet has a worksheet; fish is fish); and the number of metered so as to avoid satiation.

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