Our readers middle and, especially, older, memorable essays that have appeared frequently in Soviet Newspapers of the seventies and early eighties. The authors of these essays were branded "petty customs," so alien to the…

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Useful to know about South Korea
GENERAL INFORMATION Korean. Modern Korean alphabet, Hangul consists of 40 letters. It was invented in g. enlightened monarch Sejong the Great, and with g. introduced by Royal edict as state letters. Almost all signs in…

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McCauley – national Korean drink, which preserves its traditions
  Little-known Korean alcoholic beverage McCauley. In Korea and made him drink more than 2 000 years. And if earlier it was possible to try only in bars, but now it can be bought in…

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Customs and traditions of Korea


In the past, in traditional Korean society in the same family lived together 3

4 generations. In those days people preferred to live as a big family and have many children.

However, when in the years 1960-70 in Korea has become rapidly implemented industrialization and urbanization, as well as the constraints appeared in the births of children, culture in the country began to change, and since the 1980s in a Korean family with an average two children or less.

In Korean society to this day has preserved the Confucian tradition, according to which preference is given to the eldest son. To combat gender discrimination, the government passed a law according to which the son and daughter are equal heirs when dividing property.

Young couples nowadays mostly live separately from their parents. So now family only consist of parents and children.

The majority of Koreans have surnames, the most common of which are: Kim (about 21% of all Koreans), Lee (14%), Park (8%), Choi (or choe ), Jeong, Chan, Them, etc. Korean name consists of the surnames, as a rule, it is always a one syllable name, usually two syllables following the name (but it happens Continue reading

General characteristics of Asia

The region comprises varying size of countries: two of them belong to the countries-giants, and the rest mostly to fairly large countries. The boundaries between them are well defined by natural boundaries.

The economy of Asian countries is determined by their neighbor’s position, the Maritime location of the majority of countries, deep-seated position of certain countries.

The first two features have a beneficial impact on their economy, and the third makes it difficult for external economic relations.

The political structure is very diverse countries: Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Jordan is a constitutional monarchy, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Brunei, Oman – absolute monarchy, the other member of the Republic.

Natural conditions and resources Edit

The area is extremely homogeneous with respect to the tectonic structures and relief: within it is celebrated on earth the greatest range of altitudes, there are ancient pre-Cambrian platform, and the field of young Cenozoic folding, a Grand mountainous country and vast plains. Consequently, mineral resources Asia is very diverse. Within China, between the Indostan platforms main pools of coal, iron and manganese ores, non-metallic minerals. Within the Alpine-Himalayan and Pacific fold belt Continue reading

Traditions in Japan


Traditions of weddings in Japanistan of the sunrise, such a strange, amazing, the other Japan. Many of this country attracts with its colorful culture, traditions, flashy advertising shopping metropolises and quiet gardens of stones. It is quite bright and an unusual combination of modern technologies and ancient traditions that give this country its uniqueness. Words to describe the feelings that a person experiences while in Japan, it is simply impossible, it must be seen and felt by oneself.Japanese wedding ceremony is not only polished by centuries of ritual, insanely expensive clothes of the groom and the bride, the manifestation of ancient beliefs, but it is also action, in which the young lovers must feel belonging to the higher early life and appreciate their future responsibilities.The whole procedure of the ceremony consists of several stages. Japanese wedding ceremony includes several key elements that are drawn from Christian, Buddhist and Shinto wedding ceremonies. Once these activities were carried out directly in the groom’s house, but nowadays they are very often held in hired wedding spaces (halls).The actions of the participants of the wedding ceremonyis very strictly regulated. The groom should be dressed in In the”hakama” (Japanese wedding attire) free, l Continue reading

How to celebrate the Feast of dolls in Japan


March 3 in Japan celebrate one of the major Japanese holidays Hinamatsuri . or the doll Festival . One of the most beautiful festive days celebrated in Japan, strictly observing all the traditions and ceremonies. Today we decided to talk about how Japan celebrates the doll Festival.


The arrival of spring in Japan have long been marked with feasts dedicated to the women, because according to ancient Japanese tradition of March is women’s month. Begins the first month of spring with the wonderful celebration that is gentle is called Hinamatsuri. In Japan this holiday is celebrated on March 3.

With the Japanese name for “Hinamatsuri” is translated as “doll Festival Hina” or “the feast of the flowering peaches.” Now it is simply called the Holiday girls or Holiday dolls. This day is one of the most important Japanese holiday, so Japanese people celebrate it with a zealous observance of ancient traditions, with the obligatory celebration performed a beautiful ceremony and comply with all the subtle customs of the holiday.


In ancient times the feast was celebrated as a seasonal event, it is celebrated on the third day of the third month because at that time the peasants were not so much loaded with work in the fields and on the farm and relaxing, Continue reading

Japanese holidays


In Japan celebrates 14 public holidays, each of which on a day off. In addition to these, there are many holidays: one in the culture of the country came recently, others for several thousand years.

By the way, in Japan it is not customary to congratulate with holidays. The reason for the congratulations can only be a personal achievement, or success (graduation, for example) or the birth of a child. All “personal” holidays is to give gifts. A surprise also on the last day of the outgoing year and the summer festival of Bon.

The Japanese are a practical people, because most give each other useful items: towels, soap, food, exotic fruit. The gift should not be too “personal”. More will be valued not the gift itself, and its beautiful packaging. In the presence of the giver to open my presents − these could inadvertently hurt him. Furthermore, gifts cannot be refused.

Here is a list of some of the Japanese holidays:

January 1 – national holiday New year (Ganjitsu), one of the brightest events of the year. Usually celebrated for 5 days: from December 30 to January 3. New year’s eve it is customary to hold prayer hatsumode (cry of happiness).

Sleep is considered to lie only in the night of 2nd / 3rd January. Hatsu-Yume (translated as “first dream of the year”) believe the prophetic divination of luck for the whole coming year. The best dreams of the night are considered Continue reading

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