19 THINGS YOU CAN'T DO IN JAPAN (part 1)
Before heading to Japan, it would be useful to familiarize yourself with some cultural features in order to avoid insulting the feelings of the Japanese. Manners and social rules are…

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TOURIST NOTES. ALL ABOUT RAMEN (part 1)
Ramen (ラ ー メ ン) is one of the most beloved dishes in Japan. This noodle dish in a broth sprinkled with filling has won the hearts of gourmets around…

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VISA TO JAPAN. WHERE TO BEGIN?
How to apply for a visa to Japan quickly and profitably? Recommendations for beginners and experienced tourists from a Japanese company for organizing vacations for Russian-speaking tourists AUTHOR COLLECTIVE MAY…

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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Japanese New Year (part 1)

Until the distant now, 1873, Japan lived according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The favorite winter holiday of all children and adults was “moving” – each time it was a new day somewhere in late January or in the first half of February. However, the winds of change blew: under pressure from European powers and America, the country finally opened ports for free trade with foreigners. It became obvious that the difference in the time scales causes glaring inconvenience. And then the government voluntarily transferred the country to the solar calculation of days and months. At the same time, it was lost as much as thirty days: after the eleventh the first “moon” of the next year immediately arrived. The officials automatically lost their monthly salary – some were noisy, demanding to be issued nevertheless, but to no avail. Almost a century and a half has passed since then, and the Japanese have long been accustomed to celebrate the New Year at the same time as we, on January 1. Continue reading

Tea ceremony (part 2)

TEA ORGANIZATION
Don’t speak words
Guest, host
White Chrysanthemum.

Tea ceremony The tea ceremony is surrounded by a special atmosphere, which the Japanese call “Wa”. In everything, from the garden and the tea house built in it to the decoration of the tea room, everything was created in order to give rise to a certain state of mind.An outdoor garden with mossy stones and an overgrown pond represents a nature that is free from human intervention, and a tea house with props made of uncouth wood or bamboo and a low thatched roof is a natural extension of it. In the tea room, twilight reigns, time here seems to have stopped. All items intended for the tea ceremony have a strictly defined shape, color and texture. Continue reading

SAKURA IN CONCRETE JUNGLE
Many tourists come to Japan to enjoy sakura blossoms and take part in the khans, a long-standing Japanese tradition, when the Japanese go to parks and gardens to have a…

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TOURIST NOTES. ALL ABOUT RAMEN (part 1)
Ramen (ラ ー メ ン) is one of the most beloved dishes in Japan. This noodle dish in a broth sprinkled with filling has won the hearts of gourmets around…

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19 THINGS YOU CAN'T DO IN JAPAN (part 2)
8. DO NOT BE ABUSED WITH STICKS Before heading to Japan, learn how to use chopsticks (o-hashi). It is not that difficult. It’s enough to practice a little to impress…

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