Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dark Gift from Spain to France - Louis XIV and Chocolate

Louis XIV
Chocolate began during the 1500’s. But it didn’t began to be well-known in Europe until more than a hundred years later. One of the royals of Europe that took notice chocolate was the French monarchy. From the arrival of two Spanish wives in France, chocolate began to receive the limelight from the aristocracy and the well off.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Grandiose Easter Eggs of Russia - Faberge Eggs

Tsar Alexander II and his wife Marie Fedorovna

The 2014 Sochi Olympics is the most expensive Winter Olympics ever prepared. The whole cost of the Sochi Olympics amounts to $44 billion. The Russians are not new when it comes to expensive and elegant things. Several items synonymous to the Russians priced a lot of dollars. For example, caviar, an expensive fish of sturgeons is always associated with Iranians and Russians. But one of the most expensive treasures labelled to Russians are the elegant and very expensive Faberge Eggs.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hazy Start of Matryoshka Dolls

Savva Mamontov
Sochi Winter Olympics just took off in Russia. Tourist, supporters, athletes, staff, politicians, and diplomats flock the ski and beach city of Sochi. Because of the games, local businesses will profit highly from the event, especially the souvenir shops. One good souvenir that will remind of Russia would be the cute and Russian nest dolls called Matryoshka Dolls. 

Prehistoric Japan: Yayoi Culture

Dotaku 
(Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Japan is an archipelago in the eastern part of Asia. It is widely known as the Land of Rising Sun. The people of Japan believed that they and their islands were made by the gods, Izanagi and Izanami. In archaeological perspective, Japanese civilization began with prehistoric small cultures, such as the Jomon Culture. Later on, with immigrants from China and Southeast Asia came, the Jomon was succeeded by the Yayoi culture.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Prehistoric Japan: Jomon Culture

Dogu
Japan is an archipelago in the eastern part of Asia. It is widely known as the Land of Rising Sun. The people of Japan believed that they and their islands were made by the gods, Izanagi and Izanami. In archaeological perspective, Japanese civilization began with prehistoric small cultures, such as the Jomon Culture.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Prehistoric China: Yangshao Culture

Pottery Basin of Yangshao (Credits: Cultural China)
China is one with the longest recorded history. They have the narrative of their dynasties and even legendary rulers that reign over ancient China. In archaeological perspective, China began with small cultures that began in some regions of China. Among these cultures was the Yangshao Culture.

Prehistoric China: Longshan Culture

Longshan Pottery
(Credit: Akorra)
China is a vast country full of natural resource. It is filled with fertile lands. It is also abundant of manpower, reaching one billion. Besides all of these things, China is also rich of culture and history. Its civilization dates back more than 2,000 BCE. Many culture back then were just starting to flourish. Among of these prehistoric cultures was the Longshan culture.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Paper Money: Great Invention of China -- Part 2

Jiaozi
Paper money is a crucial part of an economy and even our everyday lives. It is use to pay our allowances and salaries. It is used to pay our needs and wants. For the whole economy, it saves consumers from the burden of carrying large amounts of heavy coins. It is also a way to stimulate the economy. However, if there is too much paper money in circulation, its value decreases and prices could also increase. This effects are not new. During the infancy of paper money, it suffered the same effects.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Paper Money: Great Invention of China -- Part 1

Jiaozi
Paper money is a crucial part of an economy and even our everyday lives. It is use to pay our allowances and salaries. It is used to pay our needs and wants. For the whole economy, it saves consumers from the burden of carrying large amounts of heavy coins. It is also a way to stimulate the economy. However, if there is too much paper money in circulation, its value decreases and prices could also increase. This effects are not new. During the infancy of paper money, it suffered the same effects.