Monday, December 12, 2011

The fact that you did not know about Japan

Did you know that ...
... In the ancient Japanese fishing with tame cormorants? At night, lit torches the fishermen in a boat, drawing, thus the fish. Then, with each boat produced a dozen cormorants, tied with long ropes. Each bird was intercepted by a flexible neck collar that prevented cormorants caught a fish to swallow.
  Cormorants are quickly gaining their craws fish and fisherman pulling birds into the boat, where he collected the catch. Each bird received his reward and was produced for the next round of hunting for fish.

... Japanese, answering phone, do not speak "Hello", but "Mosi-Mosi"? When the phone came to life the Japanese, they are answering the call, saying "Oh, oh!" That resembled "Yes, yes." And the one who called, saying: "Hi, e godzaymasu" (I have a case). Gradually, these words are replaced patter "Mosimasu, mosimasu" (I say, I say), which over time has decreased to the current "Mosi-Mosi."
... The Japanese say "blue" in green light ? When in Japan were first street lights, signals were red, yellow and blue. Then it turned out that a bunch of green color is much more visible at a distance, than blue. Therefore, the blue lenses gradually replaced by traffic lights are green. However, custom call signal, allowing the movement as a "blue", remained.
 ... On Japanese banknotes shows very hairy men? The reason for this is not the fact that in earlier times, the Japanese have had more facial hair. One of the biggest challenges facing designers of money, is the desire to hinder counterfeiting. Therefore, the graphical representation of the bill shall be the maximum number of various small details - for example, fluffy beard, whiskers, wrinkles on the forehead.
... The Japanese have a phrase "mountain whale"? Euphemism for a pit-kudzira (literally, mountain Chinese) Japanese began to be used in the days when Buddhism came to the country imposed a ban on the use of meat animals. For fish, these prohibitions did not apply, so the words "mountain whale" Japanese masked by the authorities and the priests forbidden to eat meat of wild boar.
... The Japanese pronounce the name of their money as "an" but not "yen"? When a character for the money, was pronounced by the Japanese as "van". However, with time in the evolution of language, all the syllables that begin with "i", but "wa" are reduced. And during the Edo period (1603-1868) the Japanese call money, just as now - the "n". But foreigners, generating a force of understanding regulating the transcription of Japanese words, began to portray the Japanese sound "e" in Latin letters «ye». Respectively, and the name of the Japanese currency began to sound like "yen" or "yen".
... Is it very expensive a cup of coffee in Japan ? The cost of a cup of this drink in coffee houses more than 400 yen (100 JPY approximately equal to 1.288 USD). And this is not due to the fact that coffee imports and impose with significant duties. Said fee is charged, more likely, not for a cup of coffee and a place in the cafe. After ordering a drink, a person can sit quietly in a cozy room a few hours to rest from the bustle of shops, to wait the rain, read a book. Nobody will disturb, and the waiters will only pour him a glass of cold water, always with a polite smile.
... Drivers in Japan, stopping at intersections, turn off the headlights of cars? Once one of the aliens suggested that Japanese drivers are thus save battery power. However, it is not. The whole point of etiquette. When the car stopped at an intersection, the driver does not need lighting, and turning it off, it is not blinding oncoming. Think about why other countries do not?
... Vegetable shop in Japan called "Shop 800 products?" Originally shops selling vegetables, called aoya (green bench). However, over time became a greengrocer range to expand. In stores now sell nuts, canned food, other food products. And then these shops were called yaoya (store 800 items) by modifying the pronunciation by listening. For the Japanese number 800 means a lot of things. This value would bring businesses to their customers, highlighting the infinite variety of the available goods. 
Japan's sumo tournament winner receives the principal is a very unusual prize? He was presented with the keys to a new car, a year's supply of gasoline, a thousand shiitake mushrooms, beef, weighing a cow and a stock of Coca-Cola for a year.


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