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今天翻了《中国古版年画》天津卷,乃各分卷中最厚的一册。可见杨柳青年画国内藏品较丰,但书中所收仍然以王树村先生个人收藏为主,国外藏品均未收。可惜了。杨柳青年画可上溯至明末,以清代中晚期最盛。比桃花坞年画另是一种精致繁艳。感觉这几天我…
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february 2019 by aries1988
Why KFC Is Christmas Dinner In Japan

The official explanation from KFC is that a Christian kindergarten in Japan wanted to order KFC for its kiddy Christmas party. The school reportedly ask the KFC shop manager to dress up as Santa Claus for the party. He agreed, appearing at the party in full Santa gear, saying, “Merry Christmas” to the children’s delight. According to KFC, gradually, more and more schools ordered KFC for their holiday parties, and in 1974, KFC held its first special Christmas meal campaign. Decades later, KFC’s Christmas has become an annual mainstay, with people growing up eating the fried chicken during the holidays and naturally associating it with Christmas.
christmas  kfc  japan  japanese  food  festival 
december 2017 by aries1988
Memories of Thanksgivings Abroad and In Between

I remember tweeting into the void about Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce on the morning of my first Thanksgiving abroad. Nobody who might have cared was up yet.

In it, she writes about realizing, after becoming a foreign correspondent, that the picture she had of America hadn’t been complete—that one hadn’t seen the whole picture of America until one had left the national borders, because the whole picture included foreign interventions, cultural exports, and various modes of thought that were invisible at home.

The agonizing particulars of the Presidential race, which were doubly nerve-wracking to watch from afar, had been hard to explain to inquisitive Spaniards. I craved American company—to be able to dish and spar with some compatriots in the know. So when a group of expats invited me to dinner, I accepted, bringing a bottle of Rioja.

All of these celebrations offered, and birds ritually consumed, have led me to a single, significant conclusion: If it’s true, as my colleague Calvin Trillin long ago suggested, that everything exotic that isn’t chicken tastes like chicken—rattlesnake, ostrich, etc.—the one thing that can be said for certain, on Thanksgiving, is that no matter what you do to it, a turkey will always taste like a turkey.
gaijin  expat  home  festival  nostalgia  work  paris  ukraine  stans  turkey  food  eating  story 
november 2017 by aries1988
A Brooklyn Gospel Choir Goes to China | ChinaFile
This was the first of many surprises for the choir as it traversed China. Haye’s experience illuminates the contradictions and idiosyncrasies of the ongoing surge in spirituality in the nation of 1.4 billion people.

Amidst fast-paced economic development, a new generation in China is seeking more from life than material pleasure alone, and some are turning to religion. Christian fellowships are growing fastest among all faiths, at about 7 percent a year.

At this rate of expansion, in a few years China’s estimated 70 million Christians will outnumber members of the Communist Party, whose 90 million head count grew by just over 1 percent in 2015.

“I thought of communism, I thought of people being deprived or people not having personal identity or people having boundaries. I thought that communism meant that the government was oppressive,” said Haye.

It may be, Haye said, “But what I saw was people that, if given lemons, they made lemonade. They adapt.”

“We don’t think too much about how the government will treat us. We just have peace and joy and God. We just do everything we must do.”
china  concert  festival  suzhou  music  religion  christian 
november 2017 by aries1988
Unspunnen: the festival of Swissness held every 12 years

In the US, I can’t even go for a swim or to the gym without signing my life away. But in Switzerland, I can pick up a boulder — up to 83kg — and hurl it (barefoot, if desired) while a large audience sits several feet away. More than teaching me about proper Swiss stone-throwing form, it teaches me about the Swiss culture of trust and personal responsibility.

Its aim was to heal growing political tension between the city dwellers of Bern and the farmers of the highlands to the south — areas recently amalgamated into one canton. The organisers, four influential citizens of Bern including the mayor and chief magistrate, hoped to emphasise shared heritage over power struggles and to cultivate the “mutual goodwill and gracious unity to which for centuries our fatherland has owed its strength, its glory and its good fortune”.

On my way to peruse the food tents, I hear what sounds like a very depressed cow — a tourist close by trying to blow an alpenhorn.

I opt for rösti, made with day-old cooked potatoes, butter, salt and milk, and considered by many Swiss German speakers to be the national dish. The country’s French speakers would argue for fondue but, in the true festival spirit of unity, both are available here.

The men wear black pants, black hats adorned with flowers and black velvet vests embroidered with edelweiss. The women are in various colourful dirndls, billowy white shirts, white tights and black shoes. The costumes differ slightly according to the wearers’ home region, and there are over 400 variations.

every 12 years, that stories of unadulterated Swiss culture embark on another world tour via Interlaken’s most famous export — the tourist.
swiss  tourist  festival  tradition  history  identity  culture  travel  idea 
september 2017 by aries1988
udn tv《大而話之》年菜飄香遊子思鄉!你家拿手年菜哪一道? - YouTube
团圆饭大鱼大肉背后,你知道每道菜肴的典故吗?型男美食作家黄学正独家公开年菜最潮吃法!
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january 2017 by aries1988
看啊,西班牙人_新周刊_新浪博客
为纪念哥伦布于1492年10月12日发现新大陆,西班牙将这一天定为国庆节,马德里通常会举行盛大的阅兵仪式。而马德里的皇宫及诸多艺术馆绝对会让你不虚此行。

但是,千万不要以为吃喝玩乐就是西班牙人生活的全部,他们只是努力工作,努力玩。这一点,从西班牙企业的业绩也可略见一斑,很多西班牙企业在全球的经济发展中都扮演着重要的角色,在电信、科技、银行、建筑等行业还处于世界领先的地位。据西班牙银行公布的最新数据显示,2014年第二季度,西班牙经济增长0.5%,是欧盟成员国中增长最快的国家。同时西班牙的失业率持续下降,远好于预期。
spain  showcase  festival  travel 
october 2014 by aries1988
圣诞,云影
芦花被阳光照亮

星期一是23号,气温回落到五十多度,24号圣诞前夜阳光挺好但温度已经回复到正常的三十几度。先生重整旗鼓修剪院子里的灌木,姐妹俩负责烤饼干,我凑近锅台上翻滚的羊骨汤,在热汽里拉扯面团煮一锅香辣的家乡烩面作平安夜的晚餐。圣诞节那天晴天,小朋友拆开礼物后守着桌子做了一天手工,我抱着电脑看完大半季“唐顿庄园”,傍晚到楼上关百叶窗时瞥到西天一线浓云闪着淡淡紫光。

北半球的云团受地球自转的影响,常在南移中形成自东北向西南的气旋。那天的云迹的确是自东北向西南走。

书上说,北方天空秋冬季节 常有高积云出现。回想一下,秋冬以来的确常看到这样大规模的积云浮过天际,云河冰冷,似有无数闪亮的冰凌。
expat  life  festival  usa  photo  from:rss 
december 2013 by aries1988
圣诞节的困惑 - 评论 - FT中文网
美国官方政府是非宗教的,因此,上至白宫联邦政府,下到公立学校,送出去的圣诞贺卡,都只写“节日快乐”(Happy Holidays), 看不到“Christmas”的字样。即使是私营企业办的圣诞派对,现在请帖上用Holiday Party,比Christmas Party 更普遍。
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december 2013 by aries1988
为何今年过年晚? | 自然控主题站 | 果壳网 www.guokr.com
春节分布在大寒(1月20日左右)至雨水(2月19日左右)之间,其平均日期恰好是立春日,所以称其为“春节”是名副其实的。如果你在折线图上还没有看出什么规律的话,也不用太着急,下面的“春节钟”会更加直观。

公历平年365天,农历平年有353、354、355三种天数,取中间值,则在无闰月的情况下,每年春节比上一年提前365-354=11天。但当推算出的日期超出了大寒至雨水的范围时,就要加上或减去30天,这个时间是由闰月贡献的。
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january 2013 by aries1988

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