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October 06 2018

Iran was indeed Islamized, but it was not Arabized. Persians remained Persians. And after an interval of silence, Iran reemerged as a separate, different and distinctive element within Islam, eventually adding a new element even to Islam itself. Culturally, politically, and most remarkable of all even religiously, the Iranian contribution to this new Islamic civilization is of immense importance. The work of Iranians can be seen in every field of cultural endeavor, including Arabic poetry, to which poets of Iranian origin composing their poems in Arabic made a very significant contribution. In a sense, Iranian Islam is a second advent of Islam itself, a new Islam sometimes referred to as Islam-i Ajam. It was this Persian Islam, rather than the original Arab Islam, that was brought to new areas and new peoples: to the Turks, first in Central Asia and then in the Middle East in the country which came to be called Turkey, and of course to India. The Ottoman Turks brought a form of Iranian civilization to the walls of Vienna.
— Bernard Lewis (via The Daily Persian)

April 08 2018

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YouTube: Iran Before 1979

“This video (I created) reflects Iran during the time of the Shah when it was a modern, socially free, and a progressive nation with a blend of western and traditional values which made it a gem in Eurasia. These are a selection of photos from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.”

I know there are various views on Iran’s politics in the time of Shah - but the culture of Iran during his era is quite fascinating, without doubt. Must see!

February 23 2017


world-ethnic-beauty: 국악 國樂 (Gukak : Korean classical-traditional- music) & dance. 한복 韓服 (Hanbok : Korean traditional clothes)

June 02 2015

From Media to Manga, How Japan's Pop Culture Changed After Fukushima

Global Voices interviews Dr. BA Wakefield, a lecturer at Leiden University who is organizing a the Safety and Disaster in Japanese Popular Culture after Fukushima workshop on June 5.
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March 22 2015




イランの古くからの祝祭は、その1つ1つがある特別の動機や節目に因んだり、またある伝説に基づいたりして行なわれます。この祝祭は、特有のシンボルと儀式を持ち、この情熱的な儀式に秘められた喜びは、多忙な日常生活に忙殺された人々の心を解放し、再び日常生活への英気を養わせてくれるものでした。さらに、この祝祭の実施により、人々の絆が強まり、またこの価値ある強い絆は、意味のあるシンボルにより、1つの国民の集団的なアイデンティティを形成していました。今回は、ノウルーズのシンボル、行動様式における秘密についてみていくことにいたしましょう。 ...

February 13 2015


unboliviable: Tinku, a cheerful folk dance of Bolivia, originated as a fighting ritual in the high plains to honor Pachamama (Mother Earth) by showcasing the strength of the village people.

February 05 2015


farsizaban: Iranian singer and actress Noush Afarin on the cover of Setareh Cinema (Cinema Star) magazine (1970’s) Setareh Cinema was a popular magazine before the revolution.

November 28 2014


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August 31 2014


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January 06 2014


【Wikipedia】 Gratuity

A gratuity (also called a tip) is a sum of money customarily tendered to certain service sector workers for a service performed or anticipated. Tipping and the amount are a matter of social custom and social practices vary between countries and settings. In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting and in some locations tipping is expected from customers. The customary tip can be a specific range of monetary amounts or a given percentage of the bill. In some circumstances, such as with U.S. government workers, receiving of tips is illegal. A service charge is sometimes added to bills in restaurants and similar establishments. Tipping may not be expected when a fee is explicitly charged for the service. ...

December 25 2013

September 09 2013


「知っていますか? 日本人は・・・」

from IRIB Japanese Radio (2013年8月31日):

先日、IRIBの別のセクションの職員から、面白いものを見つけたんだけど、読んでみて、ぜひ感想を聞かせてくれと言われました。「知っていますか? 日本人はこんな人たちです」というタイトルで、その下に50項目ほど、イラン人にとっての、日本人の興味深い特徴というものが並んでいます。中には、「日本は人口密度が高すぎて、もはや一軒家が存在しない」や、「日本人は貯金をしない」、「子供たちはバスや電車に乗るとき、必ず靴を脱いで座る」などと、勝手なことも書いてあったのですが、日本人の私から見ると、こんなことが興味深いのか、と考えさせられる内容もありました。例えば、日本の電車の遅れは一年間に 7秒で、3分ごとに電車が来るのに、日本人は電車の到着時間に合わせてそれを利用する、生徒は30分もかけて給食を食べる、電化製品をごみとして捨てる、その日の仕事が終わるまでは終業時間になっても退社しない、など。また家族よりも仕事を優先にする、という項目にはビックリマークがついていました。これらはイラン人にとって、"不思議"に見えることのようです。

August 09 2013

量り売り (IRIB Japanese Radio 2013年8月8日)

June 16 2013


Grilling Traditions Around the World, from Argentina to South Africa to China - Sigalon's Gastronomy Soup

Japan: hibachi

For Americans, firing up the Weber and grilling up some meat has a distinctly patriotic vibe--we barbecue on the 4th of July, after all, and no image of the American Dream would be complete without a cookout-friendly lawn behind that white picket fence--but we're not the only ones who pride ourselves on our skill with charcoal and tongs. From satay in Singapore to asado in Argentina, there's a whole world of grilling out there. You can always find regional variations from city to city, town to town, and family to family, but here are some of the world's great grilling traditions...

October 25 2012

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