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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Illustrative image (Source: blog.paycorp.co.za) Hanoi (VNA) – E-commerce and online shopping are forecast to become a key trend in the world, accounting for 25 percent of the global retail revenue, experts said, suggesting Vietnam promptly complete infrastructure system to boost the growth of trade. According to the Vietnam E-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, a person spends an average of nearly 25 hours online every week, or over 3 hours per day. At the same time, nearly one third of Internet users conduct online shopping with expenditure of about 160 USD per person each year. It is estimated that in 2020, as many as 30 percent of the Vietnamese population will involve in online shopping with spending of 350 USD each per year. The most popular goods of online deals are garments, footwear (64 percent); books, music, stationeries (51 percent); cosmetics and personal caring products (40 percent), information technology and … [Read more...] about Complete infrastructure system crucial for e-commerce growth: experts
With his daring pho cocktail inspired by Vietnam's signature beef noodle soup, Hanoi's leading hipster bartender Pham Tien Tiep is hoping to elevate the drinking scene in a city better known for its raucous outdoor beer dens. Though he leaves the meat out of his version of the national dish, the aromatics remain key ingredients: cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and fresh coriander, plus a generous splash of gin and triple sec for good measure. The cocktail is a departure for denizens of Vietnam's capital city, where cheap and cheerful open-air 'bia hoi' beer markets reign supreme. Beer is the beverage of choice for most Vietnamese drinkers, who downed 3.4 billion liters of the cold stuff in 2015 compared to 70 million liters of wine and spirits, according to an EU-Vietnam Business Network report. "It was a bit hard for me to promote this, to beat the bia hoi or rice wine, but we are making it for a different level, it's more luxury and more elegant," Tiep told AFP at his cocktail bar, … [Read more...] about What the pho? Vietnam streetfood cocktails make a splash
(VEN) - Taking a Mekong River trip from Ho Chi Minh City or My Tho in Tien Giang Province to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Province is a relaxing, rewarding experience enhanced by beautiful landscape and local specialties. Three to five-star boats carry passengers from Ho Chi Minh City along the Sai Gon River towards the Cho Gao Canal, which connects the Vam Co and Tien rivers, and then to Ben Tre Province, Tra On District in Vinh Long Province, the city of Can Tho, and An Giang Province’s Long Xuyen and Chau Doc cities. At the Cai Be stop in Vinh Long Province, visitors are offered the use of small boats to sail through canals and nipa palm forests, followed by a walk or bicycle ride through island villages, where they can experience local life. In addition to sampling local food, visitors can learn how to cook local food, work together with local residents to make rice paper and coconut candy, and weave vases with dried water hyacinth trunks, among other … [Read more...] about The lure of travelling along the Mekong River
Vietnam boasts a number of successful young female CEOs in both large companies and smaller concerns. Ms. Tan Thi Shu, a 32-year-old ethnic H’mong woman and single mother, has been able to turn her dream of helping her people into reality. She founded and is now Director of the Sapa O’Chau Travel Social Enterprise, the first tourist company run by H’mong ethnic minority people in Lao Chai commune under the community tourism model, with a top priority of creating jobs and learning opportunities for local children. From left: Vascara CEO Le Canh Bich Hanh, Sapa O'Chau Director Tan Thi Shu, and Koh Samui Hut founder and director Nguyen Ha Linh. “I want to change the conception that it is useless for a H’mong girl to receive an education because she will marry at a very early age and work all day in the fields but still live in poverty,” Ms. Shu said. Sapa O’Chau was established in 2007, with O’Chau in the … [Read more...] about Women breathing life into business dreams
Despite his stable job, Hoai Phuong, a.k.a. Khoai Lang Thang (Wandering Potato), suddenly had a change of heart and started publishing videos on travel and foods. Currently the owner of the Facebook fan page entitled Khoai Lang Thang - Food and Travel, with more than 85,000 followers, and a YouTube channel with 126,000 subscribers, Dinh Vo Hoai Phuong might surprise his fans with his academic background. In fact, he graduated magna cum laude from Ton Duc Thang University, a growing public college in Ho Chi Minh City, where he majored in construction engineering. The journey to journeys “I got itchy feet just thinking about new journeys, new people, and new foods,” Phuong said. His first experience of travel came at the age of 15 when he got to Da Lat, a famed city in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, located around 300km to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Then, the young man made it to Da Nang City in central Vietnam, Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta, and Con Dao … [Read more...] about Vietnamese engineer quits job to become travel vlogger