For many years, artwork in the Red River Delta has involved the use of wooden blocks to print the outlines of pictures on paper. Over time, new styles have developed. One of them came about in the village of Kim Hoàng. But during a flood more than a hundred years ago, many of the printing blocks went missing. Some of the few Kim Hoàng printing blocks that remain are in the Việt Nam Fine Arts Museum. by An Vũ The Red River Delta civilisation, original home of the Việt people, has developed strong cultural aspects, such as Bắc Ninh Province’s Đông Hồ folk paintings of babies and farm animals, and Hà Nội’s Hàng Trống woodcuts of heroic figures, such as Trần Hưng Đạo repelling the Mongols. However, much of the skills have been lost, largely because younger people show less interest in the rural and historic past. But there is one national artistic treasure which is on the … [Read more...] about Rare artwork lives on in national museum
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An unknown and underground world of music--comprising of artists who have never been able to be part of the mainstream world of music--has existed in Saigon for a very long time and continues to flourish unheeded and unobstructed. Sagometal is a typical example of the underground music culture of Saigon that has survived for 15 years with undying passion. The band gathers members from every walk of life such as teachers, students, and even stall-vendors. They only have one dream in common--to be on stage and let their passion be heard. Although they sing about peace, love and environment, they struggle to find a place to play their music as a rock band. Sometimes and on occasions, they are invited to perform at Yoko. Yoko, Acoustic, and RFC are the three bars where underground music is played and patronized in Saigon. They are near to each other; therefore, insiders called them the triangle of underground culture of Saigon. Yoko has changed hands many times but it always … [Read more...] about Saigon’s unknown underground world of music
Discerning tourists never plan a trip without thinking through what they are going to do when they get there. Sounds obvious, right? Leisure activities. Location. Service standards. Charges. Add to these differences between the generations, and the conversation gets that much more complicated. Take a typical Vietnamese household with three generations under the one roof, and it gets really complex. The kids want this, the parents want that, and the grandparents something altogether different. Expatriates face similar challenges – it’s very hard to find somewhere that has it all. Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet or Phu Quoc is very familiar to everyone but it is quite a hike for those of us who call Saigon home. It is hard for families to find a place that not only is located near the City, but also meets all of those varying entertainment demands. Five-star destinations always frighten the wallets a little, especially around major holidays where demand spikes and … [Read more...] about Smart travelling: is it hard?
Eguchi Aimi is your typical Japanese pop star: perfect skin, high-pitched girlish voice, lithe figure, and a team of computer designers, photographers, and other pop stars artificially constructing her every movement. You read that correctly. Aimi does not exist - at least not in the traditional sense. But this drawback has not stopped the girl, who was announced as the newest member of all-girl supergroup AKB 48 earlier this month, has already graced the cover of Japan's Weekly Playboy, and is part of a prestigious campaign for Ice no Mi - an ice cream product made by confectionary company Glico. But Aimi has not only infiltrated the uppermost echelons of superstardom in her brief lifetime, she also convinced much of a nation that she was a real girl for several weeks. Eventually her true origins were revealed; Glico announced on June 19 that their newest spokesperson was created by a computer. But her technological background does not mean that Aimi is lacking in human components: in … [Read more...] about Japanese Scientists Build a Perfect (and Fake) Pop Star
Michel Roux opens restaurant in Vietnam Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC French-born chef Michel Roux announces his fi rst restaurant La Maison 1888 at a press conference held in the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel in HCMC’s District 1 - Photo: Kieu Giang Three Star Michelin chef Michel Roux will anchor his first restaurant La Maison 1888 in Vietnam at the end of this year at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Danang City. The information was unveiled by Roux and the management board of the hotel last week in HCMC. Dedicated to the art of culinary excellence and classic epicurean experiences, French-born Roux is one of the most influential chefs in Europe. His second restaurant, The Waterside Inn, which he opened in 1972 in Bray, Berkshire, recently became the first restaurant outside of France to retain three Michelin stars for 27 years, the longest standing in history. La Maison 1888 will blend exquisite French cuisine with the stunning … [Read more...] about Michel Roux opens restaurant in Vietnam