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?
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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