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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Animated sequel "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" shone at the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The Sony Pictures Animation film knocked crime thriller "Prisoners" into second place, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. The film, starring Hugh Jackman as a desperate parent in search of his child and Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective in charge of the investigation, pulled in $11.3 million in its second weekend, taking its total to $39 million. In third place was Formula One motorsport drama "Rush," Ron Howard's acclaimed account of the famous duel for the 1976 world championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, earning $10.3 million in its opening weekend. Fourth spot was occupied by "Baggage Claim," a romantic comedy about a lovelorn flight attendant who traverses America looking for Mr Right. The film debuted with $9.3 million. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's raunchy comedy-drama "Don Jon," written and directed by "The … [Read more...] about Sun shines on ‘Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs’ sequel
(VOVworld) - A contemporary Japanese art exhibition called "Winter garden" is open in Hanoi. The exhibition conveys a message that people can find inspiration in any circumstance if they know how to value their lives. In Hanoi's muggy summer heat, the "Winter garden" exhibition opens a space to explore the uniqueness of Japanese contemporary art. Being displayed are 35 paintings, drawings and videos, created by 14 young artists, who are members of Micropop Contemporary Japanese Art group. They have introduced their distinctive view of the world through the combination of daily life images, old video footage and color blocs, referred to by critic Midori Matsui as "Micropop." Yoshida, Deputy Director of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, told VOV:"This is a special art school of Japan, which is not influenced by any school in the world. Young artists creatively incorporate fragments of past memories with daily life details in their completely new style … [Read more...] about Winter garden in the middle of Hanoi’s summer
Customarily, after the completion of the construction of the nha rong (communal house), the Gia Rai, as well as a few other ethnic groups in the Western Highlands, celebrate buffalo-meat feasts. Planting a cot gung (bamboo-pole) and tying a buffalo to it is the first item on the ceremony. Customarily, after the completion of the construction of the " nha rong" (communal house), the Gia Rai, as well as a few other ethnic groups in the Western Highlands, celebrate buffalo-meat feasts. Planting a "cot gung" (bamboo-pole) and tying a buffalo to it is the first item on the ceremony. Shortly after drums and gongs are beaten to rally the villagers to the communal house. The village headsman puts a noose of a long rope round the animal's neck, and after that all villagers, old and young, men and women, should hold on to the rope. As a preparation for the ceremony, all householders take a handful of rice to the communal house and put it on a large plate. Then the headsman and the elders make … [Read more...] about Communal house celebration of the Gia Rai
Peanut gets residence at Palace By Dat Tien in HCMC Calibre Charner restaurant at the Palace Saigon Hotel has signed veteran local rockers, Peanut, as the nightly resident band. The band that started more than 40 years ago in 1967 has made a recent comeback playing its own brand of classic rock. The four members, Bernard Tam (solo guitarist, singer and who can play guitar by teeth), Francois Thien (drummer), Michel Chi (Guitar bass, singer) and Patrick Trung (keyboard, singer), are brothers. Covers from the 60s, 70s and 80s include Come together, Don’t let me down (Beatles), How deep is your love, I started a joke (Bee Gees), The house of the rising sun, We gotta get out of this place (The Animals), I can’t get no satisfaction (The Rolling Stones), Smoke on the water (Deep Purple) and Hotel California (Eagles). The band is accompanied by a singer from the Philippines and four Vietnamese singers. They will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On February 1, the band will … [Read more...] about Peanut gets residence at Palace