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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Celebrity chef, TV host Bourdain dies of suicide at 61The Saigon Times Daily Chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain arrives at the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 15, 2013 - PHOTO: REUTERS (REUTERS) - U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” television series, killed himself in a French hotel room, officials said on Friday, in the second high-profile suicide of a U.S. celebrity this week. He was 61. Bourdain, whose career catapulted him from washing dishes at New York restaurants to dining in Vietnam with President Barack Obama, hanged himself in a hotel room near Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his program, CNN said. Investigators were treating the death in Kaysersberg, France, as a suicide, local prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny said in a telephone interview. His death comes three days after American … [Read more...] about Celebrity chef, TV host Bourdain dies of suicide at 61
The following is the full text of President Tran Dai Quang’s speech at the event. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks with Indian scholars and students VIETNAM – INDIA: STRENGTHENING COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR THE INTEREST OF THE TWO PEOPLES; FOR PEACE, STABILITY AND PROSPERITY IN THE REGION AND THE WORLD Ladies and Gentlemen, Namaste, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be here and speak with the politicians, professors, researchers, scholars, and students at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, the place which enshrines the historic relics of the life and work of Jawaharlal Nehru - a great Indian leader whose entire life was devoted to India's freedom and independence, and to peace and friendship among nations. To President Ho Chi Minh and the people of Vietnam he was a great and close friend. At the beginning may I express my gratitude to the Indian Government, the Indian Foundation, and to all of you present here, for … [Read more...] about Vietnamese President’s speech at Nehru Memorial Museum