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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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
Karaoke lovers typically fall into two categories: Those who enjoy it, and those whose arms have to be twisted to get up and sing in public. In practical terms, the quality of the karaoke experience depends largely on the kind of sound system you pipe Soulo through. The software app does a great job of emulating the sing-along video animation typically found in a commercial karaoke machine. It also offers a good selection of songs. But I wasn't thrilled by the sound quality I got from the Soulo microphone. That dampened an otherwise entertaining way to use an iPad. In particular, I like how the Soulo-iPad combo makes it a snap to record audio and video of a performance and then post clips — not full songs — on YouTube, Facebook and elsewhere. Soulo is available with a digital wireless microphone, which retails for $99, or with a wired microphone, which sells for $69. Songs cost extra after the first handful. I tested the wireless version, which comes with a … [Read more...] about Review: Soulo converts iPad into karaoke machine
(VEN) - 8 AM. Cam Ranh Port (Khanh Hoa Province), the sea was calm, and there was splendid weather with very deep blue sky. Vietnamese People's Navy vessel HQ 996 weighed anchor. In late April, nearly 200 enthusiastic people set off for the Spratly (Truong Sa) Islands for a 12 day voyage to a group of islands in the south, including three islets, seven sunk islands and the DK1/2 platform. A fact-finding trip in 2013 of the third mission drew participation of the Ministries of Public Security, Industry and Trade, Information and Communication, Planning and Investment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Environment, Transportation and journalists from the Vietnam News Agency, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and Dak Ha District (Kon Tum Province). As this was the first time for most of the mission members to visit the Spratly Islands, they felt very excited during the voyage. They sang songs about the islander soldiers, the distant islands and the love for native … [Read more...] about Ahead is the Spratly Islands