Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
Lantern festival chiang mai
The Hanoitimes - Hanoians will have a chance to enjoy many kinds of Thai traditional foods including, Foi Thong - golden egg yolk threads, Luk Chup – fruit shaped mung beans, etc. The Thai Culinary Delight Week with theme “Thailand culinary paradise” organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in coordination with the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel will take place in Hanoi from August 17 to 26 at Café Promenade in Hanoi Daewoo Hotel to explore culture and culinary art of “The Land of Smiles”. Thai Culinary Delight Week to be held in Hanoi. Gourmet lovers will have a chance to savor authentic Northern and Central Thai delicacies prepared by guest chef YanatMaartloet and three experienced chefs from Suan Dusit International Culinary School. Special ingredients to make Thai main dishes and desserts including Foi Thong - golden egg yolk threads, Luk Chup – fruit shaped mung beans, etc. are well prepared for the event. Corners of the hotel are beautifully … [Read more...] about Thai Culinary Delight Week to be held in Hanoi
One of the world's leading travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler, has ranked Hoi An as the second most popular city in Asia after Japan's Kyoto, based on a readers' poll. It is quite a leap for the Vietnamese coastal city, given that it just entered the magazine's top ten last year and the poll this year received double the amount of votes. "Readers fell in love with the "˜colorful houses and old mansions,' which "˜felt like walking in a movie,'" Condé Nast Traveler said in its 26th annual survey, which collected votes from nearly 80,000 international readers. Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as a World Cultural Heritage Site, won a rating of 79.9 out of 100, or only 1.7 points behind Kyoto. Its culture scored 87.3, friendliness 84.3, atmosphere 90.9, restaurants 73.1, lodging 80.3 and shopping 68.4. Siem Reap was the last of the top ten, which also included Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Luang Prabang (Laos), and Ubud (Indonesia). The Huffington Post had … [Read more...] about Conde Nast readers love Hoi An Travel
Terracotta Sculpture Exhibition “The Life” Exhibition: 25 Jun – 02 Jul 2014 Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi From the organizer: You are invited to the terracotta sculpture exhibition “The Life” by artist Vu Huu Nhung. Screening of Documentary “5 Broken Cameras” Sun 29 Jun 2014, 6 pm Goethe-Institut Hanoi 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học Ba Đình, Hà Nội Hanoi DOCLAB cordially invites you to the screening of the “5 Broken Cameras” by Emad Burnat và Guy Davidi. The film won a 2012 Sundance Film Festivalaward, Golden Apricot at the 2012 Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, for Best Documentary Film, and was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award. Duration: 90 minutes. Language: The film is in Palestinian with English and Vietnamese subtitle. “An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20-30 (daily updated)
Based on traditional processes, paper was manipulated in the use of bamboo and was developed as the unique art work.New impression on paper In Can Chanh Palace space (Hue Citadel) in the framework of Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2015 held in Hue, Hue Relic Conservation Centre and the group of authors of the project "Dong vong" (the visual art of Nguyen Lord period) opened the bamboo – structured art space on the basic of designs and patterns of arts of the Nguyen Lords. An exhibition of 50 paintings only large format architectural graphics (80 cm x 190 cm) sorted by simulating the structure of Nguyen dynasty monuments. These works were just improvised structures under 5 themes: general structure, monument, stone stele, grave, decorative art. Onlookers were amazed at the beauty of bamboo which was of traditional and new expression with the designs and patterns of Nguyen Lord period on the background of contemporary art. Along with the exhibition “Dong vong”, at the … [Read more...] about The art of painting on bamboo paper