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First Vietnamese flower arrangements on display in Japan

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Some flower arrangements created by a group of Vietnamese students were showcased for the first time ever at an Ikebana flower art exhibition in Japan.

Ikebana, or ‘the way of flowers,’ dates back more than 500 years in Japan, according to Reuters.

The Rokkakudo temple, which is said to be the site associated with the birth of Ikebana, in Kyoto, Japan is currently the headquarters of Ikenobo, the oldest and largest school of the Japanese art of floral design.

This supplied photo shows a flower arrangement created by a Vietnamese Ikebana practitioner on display at the 2022 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

This supplied photo shows a flower arrangement created by a Vietnamese Ikebana practitioner on display at the 2022 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

Every year, Ikenobo organizes major Ikebana events at the temple, typically the hatsuke (first arranging) ritual, and the spring and autumn Ikebana exhibitions, or Tanabata.

Among those, the Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition gathers flower arrangements created by students of Ikenobo schools across Japan and from overseas branches.

This year, the exhibition is themed ‘Unconstrained Beauty’ and features around 900 ikebana arrangements, according to Ikenobo’s website.

This supplied photo shows a flower arrangement created by a Vietnamese Ikebana practitioner on display at the 2022 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

This supplied photo shows a flower arrangement created by a Vietnamese Ikebana practitioner on display at the 2022 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

The organizer said that these Ikebana works show a different, fresh expression influenced by the harsh experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is in line with Ikenobo Ikebana’s spirit, which is not rigidly bound to any existing forms, is subject to daily life’s changes, and allows artists to creatively conduct arrangements.

This supplied photo shows a flower arrangement created by a Vietnamese Ikebana practitioner on display at the 2022 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

This supplied photo shows a flower arrangement created by a Vietnamese Ikebana practitioner on display at the 2022 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.

On this occasion, students from Ikenobo Vietnam joined the exhibition for the first time, displaying four works in total.

The exhibition kicked off on November 9 and concluded on Monday.

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Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

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The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

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Hanoi rose village ready for first flower festival

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Me Linh is the biggest rose hub in Hanoi and is now busy preparing for a flower festival next month.

Themed ‘Me Linh with Flowers’ Brilliance,’ the Me Linh Flower Festival is poised to take place as the first of its kind in Me Linh District, some 27 kilometers from Hanoi’s downtown area, from December 9 to 11.

Me Linh District now has 1,294 hectares of flower fields, including 1,152 hectares of roses.

Me Linh flower village is famous for growing various breeds of flowers, which started more than 20 years ago, and is offering fresh flowers for Hanoi and other northern localities.

In preparation for the upcoming flower festival, growers placed more than 1,000 pots of roses, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers along the entrance to the temple worshiping the two Trung sisters (14 AD – 43 AD), who are considered the first heroines of Vietnamese people.

Many kinds of flowers are blooming in preparation for the festival.

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bougainvillea are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bougainvillea are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Chrysanthemums are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Chrysanthemums are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tam works in her rose field at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tam works in her rose field at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

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Over 100 cats compete at Hanoi beauty pageant

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More than 100 cats competed at the Vietnam cat championship organized by the Vietnam Animal Welfare Association in Hanoi on Sunday.

This was the first event to bring together the most beautiful cats of various sizes and breeds raised in Vietnam, with one of them valued at nearly VND400 million (US$16,129), according to the organizer.

The prizes of the contest totaled over VND100 million ($4,032).

The participating cats were evaluated based on their facial expressions, coat color, ears and mouth, and health, according to Nguyen Xuan Son, president of the World Cat Federation Vietnam by Vietnam Cat Association.

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Eventually, a British shorthair tomcat was announced the winner.

“I was very surprised when my cat received the first prize,” said Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, the owner of the winner.

The cat also won the Grand Champion competition held overseas by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, according to Ngoc, while his daughter received the most beautiful kitten award of another show last week.

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The three most beautiful cats receive their prizes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The three most beautiful cats receive their prizes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

An overview of the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

An overview of the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc (L)’s British shorthair tomcat wins the award for the most beautiful cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc (L)’s British shorthair tomcat wins the award for the most beautiful cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A Sphynx cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A Sphynx cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The judges evaluate a cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The judges evaluate a cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

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