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In ancient times, Japanese people were fishing with tame cormorants.
at Night, the fishermen in the boat lit torches, attracting thereby the fish. Then with each boat produced a dozen cormorants, tied to long ropes. Each bird neck was intercepted by a flexible collar that prevented the cormorants to swallow the fish caught. Cormorants quickly gained their craws, and the fisherman pulled the birds in the boat, where he collected the catch. Each bird received his reward and was produced for the next round of hunting for fish.
the Japanese, answering the phone, did not say "Hello" and "MOSI-MOSI".
When the phone has entered the life of Japanese, they are responding to the call, said "Oh, Oh!" like our "Yes, Yes!". And the one who called, spoke thus: "hi, e gozaimasu" ("I Have a case"). Gradually these words are replaced patter "Moshimasu, moshimasu" ("Say, speak"), which over time reduced to the current "MOSI-MOSI".
the Japanese call the green light blue.
When Japan had the first street lights, signals were red, yellow and blue colors. Then it turned out that a bunch of green color is much easier to see at a distance than blue. Therefore blue lenses of traffic lights gradually replaced by green. But the custom of naming the allowing traffic signal "blue" remained.
On the Japanese depict a very hairy men.
the Reason for this is not that in the old days the Japanese had more facial hair. One of the major challenges facing designers of money, is the desire to hinder counterfeiting. Therefore, the graphic representation on the bill should be the maximum number of various small details – for example, luxuriant beard, mustache, wrinkles on the forehead.
the Japanese Have an expression "mountain whale".
the Euphemism pit-kudzira (literally: mountain whale) Japanese began to use in those days, when came to the country Buddhism was introduced bans on meat-eating animals. For fish, these prohibitions did not apply, so the words "mountain whale" Japanese masked by the authorities and priests forbidden to eat the meat of a wild boar.
the Japanese name of their money pronounced as "EN" not "yen".
once the character for money, was pronounced by the Japanese as "van". However, over time, the evolution of language all the syllables beginning with "in" except "VA", reduced. And in the years of the Edo period (1603-1868) the Japanese call money, just as now, – "EN". But foreigners, producing because of their understanding rules of transcription of Japanese words, depictions of the Japanese sound "e" in Latin letters "ye". Accordingly, the name of the Japanese currency began to sound like "yen" or "yen".
a Cup of coffee in Japan is very expensive.
the Cost of a Cup of this drink in coffee houses more than 400 yen. And this is not due to the fact that coffee imports, and levy significant fees. Said fee is charged, rather, not for a Cup of coffee, and a seat in the cafe. A drink, a person can sit quietly in a cozy room a few hours relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the shops to wait out the rain, read a book. It will not be disturbed, and the waiters will just pour it into a glass of cold water, always with a polite smile.
In Japan, drivers, stopping at intersections, turn off the lights of the cars.
one of the aliens suggested that the way Japanese drivers to save battery power. But it is not. It's all about etiquette. When the car stops at an intersection, the lighting driver is not needed and turning it off, it is not blinding oncoming. Think about why other countries do not?
Vegetable shops in Japan called "shops 800 products".
Initially, shops selling vegetables, called to AOI's apartment (green shop). However, with time range zelenshchikov began to expand. In the shops were selling nuts, canned goods, other food. And then these shops, little changing on hearing the pronunciation, became known as yaoi (shop 800 products). For the Japanese number 800 means a huge number of items. This value and wanted to bring entrepreneurs to their customers, highlighting the infinite variety of available goods.
In Japan, the winner of the main tournament sumo gets a very special prize.
He was presented with keys to a new car, a year's supply of gasoline, a thousand shiitake mushrooms, beef cow weighing one and a stock of Coca-Cola for a year.
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