Asia is a real treasure that keeps so many secrets and so much depth that you can’t stop adoring its boundless beauty.

Our journey to ETNOMIR started with homes of China, Japan and Korea located on the “Ulitsa Mira” (the World Street).

 These three spaces are combined with each other by thin walls and they fascinate at once either of the brightness of the interior scene, either of bright light spreading through windows on clay pots, either of silence that you get into and just stop feeling time at all. Quirkiness is hidden in tiny details: in origami, painted vases, ancient Asian furniture and wonderful pond with lilies and stone laying. Also here we can see things very special for ETNOMIR’s employees and all connoisseurs of Chinese culture – for example, picture of Confucius that was gifted by his descendant of 75th generation when he came to the opening of this pavilion with the Chinese ambassador.

Almost every home at the “Ulitsa mira” has its custodian. We were lucky as we met that time Chinese custodian – Chjao Sinsin who showed us Chinese calligraphy master-class. Nobody knows exactly the amount of hieroglyphs in Chinese language. Adult Chinese knows (at an average) 5 000 hieroglyphs, but Sinsin knows approximately 7 000 (by the nature of his job). One hieroglyph can mean a letter, a part of a word, whole word, whole idea and whole sentence. Sinsin showed us one of the most famous hieroglyphs named “Fu”. Despite strange name, its meaning is very important for every Chinese. This hieroglyph means “Happiness has already come”, it is written on red paper, upside down and is hung on gates of every Chinese house. This hieroglyph wishes happiness and well-being for people living inside the house and also for those who enter there. 

Our Chinese friend gifted us hieroglyph that he wrote for us. It means “Unity of the wonderful world”. It will remind us about joyful time in meditative space full of Asian beauty.

However, there were many other surprises waiting for us…