Life in North Korea not so many aspects, subject to change. And if something changes, then only with the approval of the authorities. How do I find the correspondent of The Guardian Oliver Wainwright, was no exception and the local architecture: North Korean leader Kim Jong UN announced a new architectural era. However, she has come so far, only in Pyongyang with its illusion of prosperity, high rates of construction and periodic executions of architects.
After a devastating U.S. bombing in 1951, Pyongyang was rebuilt almost from scratch. The construction of “Grand garden of Juche architecture” reached its peak in 1980-e years thanks to the financial support of the USSR: it then began to build a triangular rügen hotel with five revolving restaurants on top, not completed to this day. However, since then, Pyongyang has remained socialist realism in the spirit of construction, combining monumentalism and militarism, visual images of Stalin’s Empire and Korean folklore.
“Architectural era” Kim Jong UN remains true to the tradition, but in a different way: first, construction is underway on the money already Chinese investors, and secondly, much attention has been paid to the entertainment industry. If all over the world North Korean leader know by frequent nuclear threats and ruthless executions of undesirables, at home Continue reading
What to give to Japanese for the New Year
In Japan it is impossible to give for the New Year
(these were my first ideas, which were immediately rejected):
You can not give the rake – the ritual wreath that hung on the front door of every Japanese home.
Many Japanese told me that they have no tradition to give presents for the New Year. Well, you can give something without a specific topic, but not necessarily. Simvolicheskie gifts some in Japan give employees, neighbors, relatives. See photos from new year’s Japanese stores, what the Japanese give gifts for the New year .
And yet I found a solution.
Before the New Year, every Japanese home on the table or tokonoma put special ritual food – Kagami mochi (sounds like `urine`) for happiness and a harvest year. Made from special mochi sticky rice and sold in any supermarket, the store is `100 yen`, of course these factory mass consumption products not fit for gift. But if you make the mochi themselves (which is pretty hard) – it will be a perfectly acceptable gift for the Japanese.
Also in Japan there are many shops producing mochi in the old style, manually. They are not cheap, and if you have a fairly close relationship to the family, where you want to make Continue reading
Japanese style in clothing
Not so long ago Japan was closed government. Everything new hardly penetrated to this country. The Europeans are also reluctant to accept anything that concerns Japanese culture. Japan – a land of ancient traditions. But what is the Japanese style of dress . Do the Japanese still wear kimonos? But no, modern Japanese style of dress for several years does not descend from the catwalks, and is very popular among women of all ages.
Japanese style of dress helped to dilute traditional European style. The Japanese add to fashion their own identities and the riot of colors, the layering, the combination of incongruous things. Therefore, Japanese clothing unlike European traditional her calm and laconic. Despite all the peculiarities of his style, the Japanese manage not to look gaudy.
Decoration in Japanese style
Every Japanese fashionista is decorated with different accessories. The course is all – bracelets, pins, brooches, colored prints. Every Japanese women have a whole box with all kinds of ornaments. In Japan, fashion jewelry, hand made – it is the beads, bracelets, and also handbags and embroidery. Especially popular themselves to decorate the bags or the handbags. Even if the bag is bought Continue reading