Archive for December, 2013

December 6, 2013

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

Honor by UNESCO expected to boost foreign tourist numbers, exports of food overseas

“Washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, raising the government’s hopes of enhancing its global recognition, attracting more foreign tourists and boosting exports of the country’s agricultural products.

The government’s proposal was formally approved Wednesday at a meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee in Baku, the Cultural Affairs Agency said, adding that the panel valued the spiritual tradition of respecting nature associated with washoku.

The move comes as the country faces a low food self-sufficiency rate of around 40 percent on a calorific intake basis as well as the spread of Western eating habits. Washoku became the 22nd Japanese asset to be listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, which also includes kabuki, noh and bunraku.

“We are truly happy,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said of the UNESCO recognition in a statement released Thursday morning. “We would like to continue passing on Japanese food culture to the generations to come . . . and would also like to work harder to let people overseas appreciate the benefits of washoku.”

The government is hoping that the registration will help ease safety concerns over the country’s food products amid the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which was triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

As changes in social and economic structures as well as the globalization of food have raised concern about whether communities can continue to pass down traditional Japanese dietary cultures, the government also hopes the heritage listing will help younger generations recognize the value of such cultures.

Kiyotoshi Tamura, an official of the Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad, expressed hope that efforts will be made to advertise Japanese foods, saying: “The recognition of Japanese cuisine will definitely increase.”

The government made a proposal for UNESCO registration of the country’s food culture in 2012.

'Washoku' reigns supreme: Kenji Uda, the head chef at Irimoya Bettei restaurant in Tokyo, serves up some fancy fare Nov. 27.  AP

‘Washoku’ reigns supreme: Kenji Uda, the head chef at Irimoya Bettei restaurant in Tokyo, serves up some fancy fare Nov. 27. AP

Source: KYODO, 

December 5, 2013

Yoga retraite Slovenia 2014

Yoga retraite in Slovenia from June 28 until July 5 2014
Application until end of April 2014. Minimum of 6 students

A 7-day yoga trip to Lake Bohinj taking place in Triglav National Park (Triglav Narodni Park), a park in the Julian Alps in Slovenia . Enjoy yoga in nature, with rest and time for yourself

The nature of Bohinj is a true jewel that you will not want to miss. High waterfalls, deep gorges, crystal clear rivers, wildlife, spectacular views and ski resorts. The lake with its stunning beauty is located in the heart of the Triglav National Park in the Julia Alps, located in the northwest of Slovenia, Europe. The glacial lake is surrounded by high mountains, green forests and magnificent mountain meadows. The protected nature is reflected in its purest form with its flora and fauna.

Slovenia is a republic located south of the Alps and is known as a land of mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Slovenia is surrounded by Austria, Italy, Croatia, Hungary and the Adriatic Sea. A population of nearly two million people in Slovenia on an area of ​​20,256 km ². The country has not yet been discovered by tourists, but has quite a lot to offer.

Recharge from the inside
The need for rest, relaxation, harmony and inner balance is important in our daily lives. To ensure absolute relaxation and developing new ideas a harmonious interaction between mind, body and soul is essential. Free your mind and body in the healing powers of nature. The intrinsic link between you and nature is the basis of these lives enriching treatment.

Activities around Lake Bohinj
Yoga, hiking, walking, running, climbing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, golf, skiing, rafting, paragliding, canyoning and more …

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Maja is an experienced yoga teacher with a natural glow, warmth and expertise is guaranteed. The yoga vacation in Slovenia will be an enrichment both in spiritual and in a cultural way, a highly recommended retreat. – Martine , student

In Bohinj you ‘ll really relax. You can unwind and relax from the busy life. Here you have time for yourself. Holiday for the body and mind. The food and hospitality in the hotel are high level. The company was super. I came to realize that honesty, openness, friendliness, warmth, modesty, and other ” minor ” details of great value . – Nina , accountant

So many beautiful, unspoiled nature and tranquility you can only dream of.  Maja is dedicated and does her best to their liking to everyone.  All well cared for and highly recommended.  Also suitable for beginners like me . – Julija , saleswoman

The basic program :
– 1 to 1.5 hours yoga each morning (hatha yoga ,face yoga ,yoga nidra )
– More yoga in the afternoon is also possible
– Breathing techniques, meditation and mudras
– Yogic knowledge, reflexology and more
– Walk around Lake Bohinj and Bled
– Excursions to the mountains, waterfalls and rivers
– Slovenian language courses, Ayurveda and / or chakra teachings
– Syllabus

Check out these videos of the area of Bohinj :

Download the brochure : YogaTravelSlovenia
For registration and more information about this Yoga retraite to Slovenia, visit Yoga Sachi’s website: