The history of wind in Japan

The history of wind in Japan

It’s more interesting than it sounds, I promise. Let’s use all our senses (except taste) as we find out about the windy history of Japan…   The Divine Wind How do you solve a problem like the Mongols?? Throughout history, those pesky raiders stormed around...
The love market of Vietnam

The love market of Vietnam

What would you assume a love market is? A market selling romantic gifts, or aphrodisiacs maybe? That’s what I thought it was. I’m sure some of those do exist, but this love market is different. The Khau Vai Love Market Festival is held every year on the 26th and 27th...
Vietnamese Water Puppets

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Vietnamese water puppets – photo: chriskay Water puppetry is a Vietnamese tradition that dates back almost a thousand years. Think of it as a more refined Punch & Judy show with less shouting and a lot more water! And the band played on… – photo:...
Wintery myths and legends

Wintery myths and legends

January may be well behind us, but we’ve still got at least another month of winter (except in Newcastle Upon Tyne, where it seems to be winter permanently). We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the...
Unusual races from around the world

Unusual races from around the world

As January comes to an end, so does many people’s motivation for sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. Running to keep fit seemed like a great idea at 11:30pm on New Year’s Eve, but a month later, as the snow starts to fall, you might start thinking that a less...