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Learning about Japanese folk art

Update: September, 27/2007 - 00:00

Travellers Notes

(28-09-2007)

Learning about Japanese folk art

An exhibition of Temari balls, a Japanese folk art that has a history of more than 1,000 years, will be held by the Viet Nam-Japan Human Resources Co-operation Centre (VJCC) and the Japanese consulate in HCM City from October 2 to 6.

The temari ball is a folk toy for both adults and children, and is used in New Year games in Japan. These balls are also used as wedding gifts and decorations during Hina Matsuri, Japan’s Doll Festival or Girl’s Day.

The organisers will hold six free classes to teach people how to make temari balls during the exhibition to be held at the VJCC HCM City in Binh Thanh District.

Ha Noi to host Spanish food fiesta

Salt cod fritters with spinach, rice with chickpeas, Catalan fish stew, Catalan burned cream, pan-fried milk, paella, and a variety of tapas will feature at the Spanish Food Promotion to be held at Ha Noi’s Melia Hotel from October 9 to 14.

The food will be cooked by two chefs from Spain. There will be a buffet dinner daily from 6pm to 10.30 pm, priced at US$24. It will come with a free flow of Spanish wine, beer, cocktail, and refreshments.

Oktoberfest celebrates good beer

Windsor Hotel will host the beer-guzzling Oktoberfest this year’s for five days beginning on October 3. The festival will feature music, dancing, German food, and, naturally, a party.

The German consul in HCM City will do the "O’zapft is," the traditional tapping of the first beer barrel to signal the opening of the festival. Visitors can party the night away with all the draught Lrombacher and bottled Schneider Weisse beers they can drink.

The event will have live music by the German band die Notenhobler.

Cathay Pacific increases flights

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced an increase in the number of fights from Ha Noi and HCM City to North America and Australia, with the aim of increasing choices and convenience for travellers.

The added fights will begin in October and November, respectively.

Ha Noi hotel wins clutch of awards

Sofitel Metropole Ha Noi has been named the city’s best business hotel in 2007 by readers of Business Traveller Asia Pacific magazine.

Each year they nominate the premium hotel in each city in Asia based on location, room facilities, customer service, technology, and food and beverage.

The hotel was also named in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Gold List this year and designated as one of the 500 Greatest Hotels in the World and Best 50 Hotels in Asia by Travel+Leisure magazine, and the best hotel in Ha Noi by Hong Kong magazines DestinAsian and Asia Money.

At home, Vietnam Economic Times nominated it as the most luxurious hotel in the country and Viet Nam Tourism Association ranked it among the top ten hotels. — VNS

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