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Traditional Upbringing of Girls in Japan

The upbringing of the girls in Japan is based on the constant prohibitions, endless humiliation and supression of the individuality. They are told that there is nothing pleasant in the life and love and relationships don’t bring any happiness but take away their beauty and youth. Their debt is to sacrifice their lives to the happiness of their husbands and children.

The Japanese women have only the duties and one of the most important duty is to be perfect. They are to have only a couple of bites if they are hungry and to have a small gulp of water if they are thirsty. They avoid exercise to prevent sweating as it is the sign of the plebeian origin.

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Saffron: History of Usage

As it was hundreds of years ago the blossom of the Kashmirian crocus are being collected by hand. The snouts of this flower which are reminding the customary cowslips in the western gardens are the raw material for producing the world's most expensive spice called saffron. Unlike the crocuses in the northern regions the saffron crocus breaks out blossoming in autumn. Each flower has only three snouts that should be removed carefully and dried. These snouts are to be harvested only on the first day of blossoming. If one imagines the whole process it will become clear why is saffron that expensive.

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The Japanese Engraving Ukiyo-e

The distinctive character of Japan is the main feature of the ukiyo-e art. Ukiyo-e is the Japanese art of engraving. Having no analogues among the other cultures of the East the art of ukiyo-e has become the basis for the art development. Many western artists have been influenced by this fine art as well. Vincent van Gogh is the author of the series of paintings that are evidently influenced by ukiyo-e.

Ukiyo-e had been originated from the depth of the urban culture and managed to undergo the numerous alternations and reforms during the two centuries of the Edo epoch. The founder of the Japanese art or engraving is considered to be Hisikawa Moronobu. He was the first artist who created not only the illustrations for books but also the easel art works. His careful attitude towards the process of creating a picture is worth admiring. He used to sign his paintings and gravings and value them as the real items of art. His unique style later acquired by his successors has defined the whole style of the ukiyo-e engraving. The main two genres formed within this framework are called “bidzinga” and “yakusya-e”.

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