Sunday, October 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Japan Culture House opens in Myanmar

Most foreign culture centres around Yangon are in villas or large houses, with security guards and guest to greet visitors. The Japan Culture House, which opened to the public on August 31, is in a small house in Bahan township, decorated with traditional Japanese tatami mats where guests can nap, recline, read or watch any number of Japanese animations available.

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Game changer: TV show calls time-out on inter-ethnic conflict

As the country emerges from the first civilian-led peace effort in more than 60 years, people around Myanmar are talking about reconciliation. And it's not just this past week's historic Panglong Conference in Nay Pyi Taw that has people talking – there's also a new TV show features a particularly diverse Myanmar football team.

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Letters to the editor: ‘Maybe it is better for you to keep your mouth shut’

In last week’s Comment FOC, Barrie Cadshaw implored foreigners to “keep their mouths shut” about dual-pricing. You had a lot to say about it. Here’s a selection of the responses we received.

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The menstruation taboo

While other Asian countries have introduced “period leave” for female employees, in Myanmar you’d better not mention it.

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Bamboo craft losing its appeal

Everybody feels familiar with bamboo. It tends to be overlooked, or held cheap. But a lack of appreciation, combined with forest depletion and a shortage of quality materials and government support has some worried about the future of bamboo crafts.

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Waxing lyrical about soy candles

Lemongrass is for bodily relaxation and sound sleep; fruity fragrance reduces stress and eases migraine. For Ma Khin Swe, 35, a candle enthusiast who loves the scents of chocolate and mocha latte, the choices you make can relax your body, mind and spirit.

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Comedian restores a dying art-form

It is Myanmar’s own traditional comedy, a song-and-dance routine by the people for the people. And now well-known comedian Zaganar is bringing anyeint back to the people. Free of charge.

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Lights. Camera. Wathann

You’re going to need popcorn. Lots of popcorn. The sixth annual Wathann Film Festival begins on September 7, offering Yangon cinephiles a line-up of more than 30 local and international flicks.

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Elegant designs that almost never were

One of Myanmar’s most celebrated designers, Chaw Su Lwin’s designs have graced catwalks across Asia. But the designer, who has now been working in fashion for more than nine years, almost took a different path altogether.

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Three Asian zombie movies you shouldn’t miss

While Asia is a relative newcomer to big-screen zombies (which date back over 80 years in America to the critically panned 1932 film White Zombie), it does have previous when it comes to undead-flavoured mayhem on the big screen. If Train to Busan has left you hungry for more Eastern-style flesh-eating flicks, here are three of the best to sink your teeth into.

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