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hijeroglifsko pismo, opći naziv za pisma u kojima znakovi označavaju pojmove i riječi, također i za pisma potekla od takvih (npr. slogovna pisma u kojima se vide tragovi takva starijega tipa u ideogramima i sl.; takvo je egipatsko h. p.). Naziv hijeroglif upotrebljava se za znak takva pisma, npr. za današnje kin. pismo i za hijeroglifske dijelove (neslogovne) japanskoga i korejskoga.
čajna gljiva (kineska ili japanska gljiva, kombucha), mješavina određenih živih bakterija i gljiva kvasovaca (Saccharomycetes), koja se kao prozirna i sluzava masa stavlja u zaslađen i ohlađen čaj. Ovdje bakterije i kvasovci vrenjem razvijaju različite spojeve (alkohol, mliječnu i octenu kiselinu, vitamine i dr.) te takav čaj dobiva ljekovita svojstva (pospješuje probavu; u pučkoj se medicini rabi protiv arterioskleroze).

Izvadak iz proleksis enciklopedije

šintoizam (kin. shen dao; jap. shinto put bogova), učenje o bogovima; jap. autohtona religija, nastala od animizma, politeizma s primjesama šamanizma i mitova srodnih azijskih kozmogonija. Božanstva (kami) su dusi prir. sila (bregovi, rijeke, jezera, drveće, Sunce, Mjesec, neke životinje, os. lisica Inari, itd.). Od prabožanstava Izanami i Izanagija potekli su ostali bogovi koji su stvorili jap. otoke i na kojima je prvi vladar bio unuk božice Sunca Amaterasu. Njezini su potomci carevi i nar. heroji, a kult predaka povezuje se s kultom nacije. Na š. s vremenom utječe konfucionizam, budizam i druge religije pa nastaju mnoge sljedbe; u XIX. st. car promovira čisti š. kao religiju predaka, s kultom careve osobe, proglašava ga drž. religijom odvojenom od 12 sljedbi pučkoga šintoizma. Razlikuju se međusobno povezani oblici šintoizma: hramski š. posvećen štovanju kamija u mjesnim hramovima, sljedbenski vezan (os. u XIX. st.) uz razne sljedbe i njihove utemeljitelje, carski koji je naglašava…

Chinese astrology

Chinese Astrology The Sheng xiao (Chinese:pinyin: shēngxiào), better known as Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries besides China and Taiwan.

Identifying this scheme using the term "zodiac" reflects several similarities to the Western zodiac: both have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life. Nevertheless, there are major differences: the "Chinese" 12-part cycle is divided into years rather than months; contrary to the association with animals implied in the Greek etymology of "zodiac", actually four of the Western "signs" or "houses" are represented by humans (…

My element!

(壬 Ren) Yang Water is like an ocean, deep and very active with many waves. Just like waters of rivers and sea flow continually everywhere, and drawn into various kinds of things, Ren person is worry free and optimistic, they don’t mind the past and are filled with courage to move on. They show enthusiasm in whatever they do, they like to help others and don’t mind hardships. They enjoy social activities with full of spirits, and become noticeable to others. They are highly adaptable to any change on circumstances. They are also quick to grasp and will not miss any good opportunity that comes along. Once the drive kicks in, they will overcome all difficulties to meet their objective or reach their goal. Synthesis says that Ren people are clever, intelligent and full of inspirations. They can be endowed in both civil and martial virtues, has leadership qualities, and able to outshine and surpass themselves from others. Shortcomings are that though they have a rounded perso…

Shinto: The Religion of Nature Worship, Emperor Worship, and Purity

Shinto (the way of the gods), traditionally dating back to 660 B. C., is a loosely organized religion of the Japanese people embracing a wide variety of beliefs and practices. In its most basic sense Shinto is a religious form of Japanese patriotism. The mythology of Shintoism teaches that Japan and the Japanese people were brought into being by special divine creation and that their emperors were literally descendants of the Sun Goddess. In Japan a person may in good conscience be a Buddhist, a Confucian, and a member of a Shinto sect at the same time. Today (1982) Shintoism reports 57,154,200 members. The two most important sacred books of Shintoism are the Kojiki (Chronicles of Ancient Events) and the Nihongi (Chronicles of Japan). The Kojiki mythology reports that in the beginning were the kami (gods, mana, occult force). Two of these primeval kami or deities were Izanagi (male-who-invites) and Izanami (female who-invites). After giving birth to the land of Japan they produced many…

Ogimachi Village

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Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by green fields. Many of the farmhouses are now restaurants, museums or minshuku, where you can stay overnight.

A number of farmhouses from the surrounding villages have been relocated to an open air museum across the river from the town center in an effort to save them from destruction. This museum along with the large concentration of farmhouses and attractions in town and the area's accessibility make Ogimachi the best place in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama to see gassho-zukuri farmhouses.

High school in South Korea

Međusobni odnosi pet elemenata

Dvije struje chi-energije upravljaju odnosima između pet elemenata: krug podrške i krug razaranja. To se može usporediti s godišnjim poljodjelskim ciklusom. Svaki se od pet elemenata odnosi na određeno godišnje doba: voda se odnosi na zimu, drvo na proljeće, vatra na ljeto, zemlja na ranu jesen, a metal na kasnu jesen.

VODA. Zimi se zemlja priprema za sjeme. Ako je proljeće dobro, biljke će niknuti. No kasni mrazovi mogu ih uništiti i na ljeto ničeg neće biti. Voda podržava drvo, ali ako je drvo nedostatno, voda uništava vatru. Zamislite kako voda napaja drvo, ali gasi vatru.
DRVO. Ako proljeće prođe dobro, na ljeto će polja biti puna usjeva. Ako ljeto ne bude dobro zbog nedostatka sunca ili jakih kiša, usjevi će do rane jeseni istrunuti u zemlji. Drvo podržava vatru, jer je drvo gorivo za nju, ali ako je vatra nedostatna, drvo uništava zemlju.
VATRA. Nakon dobrog ljeta, usjevi će sazrijevati u ranu jesen. No ako u ranu jesen vrijeme bude hladno i oblačno, usjevi neće sazrijevati za ž…
Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you - don’t bother me”.

Pet elemenata u našem domu

Istočna strana vašeg doma ujutro upije chi-energiju koja raste, a poznata je kao energija drveta. Kako dan teče, sunce se giba od istoka prema jugu i puni južnu stranu doma vatrenom chi-energijom. Potom se sunce počinje spuštati i unosi mirniju energiju zemlje u jugozapadnu stranu doma i u njegovo središte. Dok se sunce spušta, zapadna strana preuzima chi-energiju metala, usmjerenu prema unutra. Kada padne noć, sjeverna strana vašeg doma prima blagotvornu chi-energiju vode.

Okinawans

One of the most durable theories of aging is the free radical theory. This theory postulates that damage from free radicals (unstable molecules), generated mainly from metabolizing food into energy, ultimately damages vital body molecules (tissue, DNA, etc.). This damage accumulates with time until, like an old car, we fall apart. In support of this theory, one of the most important findings in free-radical research has been that eating fewer calories increases life span (Sohal RS, et al. Science 1996;273:59-63; Heilbronn LK, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78:361-9). The initial evidence that this may work in humans has been indirect and based on observation of the low caloric intake of the Okinawans and their long life expectancy (Willcox DC, et al. Biogerontology 2006). More direct evidence suggests that Okinawans following the traditional ways have low blood levels of free radicals. The elders had significantly lower levels of lipid peroxide-compelling evidence that they …
I see nothing. We may sink and settle on the waves. The sea will drum in my ears. The white petals will be darkened with sea water. They will float for a moment and then sink. Rolling over the waves will shoulder me under. Everything falls in a tremendous shower, dissolving me.
There is a loneliness in this world 
So great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock
People so tired, mutilated, either by love or no love.
People just are not good to each other.
We are afraid.
Our educational system tells us that we can all be big winners
But it hasn’t told us about the gutters or the suicides.
Or the terror of one person aching in one place
Alone, untouched, and unspoken to.
People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
Wish you could turn off the questions, turn off the voices, turn off all sound. Yearn to close out the ugliness, close out the filthiness, close out all light. Long to cast away yesterday, cast away memory, cast away all jeopardy. Pray you could somehow stop uncertainty, somehow stop the loathing, somehow stop the pain. Act on your impulse, swallow the bottle, cut a little deeper, put the gun to your chest.