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
Come and “Joby”: erotic circumnavigation.
Interesting how many different traditions people observe our planet! Among them special place is occupied by all kinds of erotic rituals. Some of them seem representatives of other cultures are funny, ridiculous, or even creepy…
An ancient sexual tradition with the poetic name “Joby” lived in villages of Japan until the late nineteenth century. It seems that to this day somewhere in the province it exists. “Stalker of the night” – roughly translates as her name. The gist of it is this: anyone not afraid of this word, who wants a young man under the cover of night to sneak into the house unmarried and longed for, Yes to get in her bed, under the covers. Thus, to act in a “horror, flying on the wings of the night” must necessarily naked. Otherwise, it can be mistaken for a burglar. And here is the woman who decides to make a delightful heart of oak “yobai” or to drive him away.
At the meeting, local natives instead of the usual European man shaking hands, touching the penis of companion. So they show him their friendly attitude.
About the tradition of the inhabitants of these protected sites can talk for hours. They are so authentic and diverse. For example, in remote Northern villages of Kamchatka for many centuries the tradition has a firm Continue reading
Japanese gardens arose under the impression of Chinese gardens. The difference between Japanese and Chinese gardens, S. S. Ozhegov describes as “… In Japan, the garden is formed around a compact, generally symmetrical group of buildings. The Chinese garden includes a symmetrical group of buildings with an axial build, and usually with courtyards. In China, the most expressive point of view on the landscape are highlighted by pergolas, gates, special round openings (in the shape of the moon). Japanese garden design so that a change of beautiful scenery was continuously driven along the route…”.
Religion of Japan – Shinto is rooted in nature. The ceremony and the gods of Shinto are closely linked with the seasons and the scenery. With the building of the capital city – Kyoto – the culture of gardens beginning to bloom. This time is known as the Heian period (794 – 1185 CE) which is associated with the appearance of the characteristic style for gardens. Many gardens in this period occupied a large territory. Almost always in the center of the garden was a large pond that served as water supplies. In the gardens so dear to early flowering plants, paid great attention to the evergreens and conifers. For autumn flowering is widely used chrysanthemum. The Japanese garden is a huge source of images for the viewer, a place of transformation and area of a dreamer that allows you to transcend everyday reality. Continue reading
National peculiarities of the genital organs
Australian researchers shared results of a rather unusual but very interesting work. Experts of the international rating of the size of erect penises from the data received from all over the world.
The fact that the size of penis is always a topical issue for males, is hardly a unique discovery. It is enough to read the work of any reputable psychologists and psychoanalysts to realize that the attitude to the dignity of the stronger sex is very anxious. More tremulous than women, most of which relate to their genitals, to put it mildly, neutrally. Some macho enough to show a picture of a threat to the male groin – and he will demonstrate a number of symptoms for his particular emotional and even physiological state. The connection of man’s consciousness with bodily bottom, first of all, instinctively, and for a number of reasons (e.g. cultural) – the strongest and very special. Men’s “I” directly associated with the body at the bottom. So the penis size worried, concerned, and probably will be for a long time to excite the stronger sex.
But what scientists found out from Australia?
Perhaps someone will not believe. Doubted the veracity of the data. But anyway, 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