Japanese cuisine is not only sushi. This spice, color and attention to detail, and each meal a feast for all the senses. Equally important is the taste, smell and appearance of food.
The most important ingredient in Japanese cuisine is fish, and the significant role (both in Chinese) plays the number 5, and why? Because there are five tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy; the five sensations: the shape, smell, sound, touch and taste; the five basic colors: white, black, yellow, blue and red. The Japanese daily apply these principles, and therefore in the diet.
The philosophy of Japanese cuisine based on natural taste, so it is very important to high quality ingredients and the best fresh food taken at the right time. Japanese cuisine is rarely used long-term heat treatment, e.g. roasting, stewing. The Japanese believe that the taste of veggies better raw. Most often to prepare meals in a simple way, not to mix the flavors, or dishes.
Japan the richness and variety of flavors depending on the region:
Northern Hokkaido is therefore the most used seafood.
Jonsi – Northern part of the area dominated by rice and sake.
Tokyo and the Central area and its surroundings do not have regional features. Here, however, the best gastronomic centers of the best restaurants
Kansai and West Japan is a very important region for Japanese Continue reading
New Year in Japan, ” on-segatsu “. is the most important holiday for inhabitants of the country, when all sum up, evaluate the results, and pay their debts. Before the Meiji era (1868-1911), he went on the Chinese lunar calendar, according to which the new year occurred in late January, but today even the most traditionally-minded Japanese people celebrate it “European”.
Preparing for the New Year is all of December and it includes the internal cleaning houses and decorating the entrance with pine and bamboo twigs, making rice bread. Cleaning is required thirteenth of December. Clean house with great care, since this is connected with a mystical ritual.
There are many different customs and beliefs on the subject of cleaning of housing in the new year. An example is Suzuhara – the ritual of cleaning the home which is held on the 13th of 12 months, after which a bamboo whisk tied to the bar and there it is stored until next year.
Like us, the Japanese, the New Year also put the Christmas tree, but decorate it with toys and exotic plants growing on the Islands. The stores are beginning to sell chests filled with different and delicious sweets that are very different from our idea of confectionery.
In the new year, the Japanese tend not only to be in a warm and cozy hearth in a warm house and warm clothes. Special attention was paid to her pochivka. Continue reading