An AUTHOR's GUIDE to Southeast ASIA FROM VLADIMIR SHARIKOV
Some, having heard about Thailand and Southeast Asia, I start to swear. Alas, buying from the firms and third-round stupidly after spending 10 days at the hotel, this country will…

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Stone Fruit crops
Stone fruit crops — plants with fruit — unilocular drupes, consisting of hard bone, covered with a juicy edible pulp. Stone fruits: cherry, sweet cherry, plum, apricot, peach of the…

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13 of the most bizarre new year traditions from around the world
New year love to meet and celebrate around the world. Every nation tries to keep its own traditions and customs, which sometimes seem strange to others. For example, in the…

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Cinema lenses – the Emperor of Japan

Known Russian film Director Alexander Sokurov starts shooting a new film about Japanese Emperor Hirohito, who is the third in the tetralogy on the theme of power. In 1999 came the painting “Moloch” about Hitler . and 2001 – “Taurus” about Lenin . The working title of the new film “the Sun” .

As in the previous two parts, the future hero of the film is shown in time of crisis. The film covers the events between the two historic decisions of Hirohito: the announcement of surrender in world war II and the renunciation of his divine status. The shock of the Japanese back then was so great that the country was overwhelmed by a wave of ritual suicides highest dignitaries, some of which was made right in front of the Imperial Palace.

Alexander Sokurov (Director): “We are interested in such details, which even today are not very interested in historians. And we should write all this in our film”.

Today the attitude to this period of history among Japanese mixed. According to the Director, information about these years are hard to find. For a long time in Japan, studies of this period were almost closed, and partly it’s the taboo still persists.

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Christmas traditions of the peoples of the world

Fabulous, magical, mysterious – that’s all it is: New year. Most popular on our planet, a holiday, a time to make wishes. And make them come true, — sure to follow the usual traditions. How on Earth there are peoples, so many rituals of New year celebrations. Consider the most interesting and fun customs.

Emotional Italians and new year’s eve in his repertoire: to be rid of the burden of past problems and start with a clean slate, they are getting rid of junk and old furniture. And quite unusual way: throw out the balconies. So to go in this time near Italian homes unsafe: suddenly it will be not just a leaky pan and the couch… Russian children wait for Santa Claus, and the Italian at night while they sleep, comes the fairy Befana. If a kid was in the old year well, she hung by the fireplace fills empty stockings with sweets. But the prankster in the morning you find instead of gifts only embers.

But in France there is a Santa Claus. and his name is Pere Noel. He also reluctantly shown to the children on the eyes, but likes to give them gifts, stealthily filling their shoes. New year’s eve is the most symbolic meal at the French table — pie baked inside Bob. The finder will be lucky the whole year, and during the celebration all need Continue reading

The History of tea traditions of the world: contradictions and patterns

There are quite a affordable and effective way: to pay attention to what is happening in the world now, and look at the proposed historical texts through modernity. Now I love tea? In China, Central Asia, Japan, Azerbaijan, Iran. In his native Russia. Sometimes to the list of tea drinkers add England. However, there is information that the use of tea in England was introduced legislatively-enforced in 1851. Was published the so-called «law on the five o-clock”.

One of the points of this act was ordered filed mandatory 15-minute tea at five o’clock. Thus, the British proved to the world that will be forced. However. After a service of modern day Englishmen are cutting the shaft to drink beer and play cards in public houses – «public houses”. The pub – abbreviated. Invasion in tea house – not observed. Therefore, there is great suspicion that the soul is stored in the Englishman pub. With other Western European countries the situation is relatively tea is even more stressful.

In Finland, for example, tea is still called «Russian drink”, and the Finns themselves, of course, prefer coffee. In France, according to eyewitnesses, the morning drink a Cup of tea – a big problem. Continue reading

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The History of tea traditions of the world: contradictions and patterns
There are quite a affordable and effective way: to pay attention to what is happening in the world now, and look at the proposed historical texts through modernity. Now I…

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Tea ceremony: a Great influence on the development of various aspects of culture
Tea ceremony A great influence on the development of various aspects of culture (architecture, gardens, design and applied arts) provided the development of so-called tea ceremony (cha, but Yu). Originally…

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