This café cleans up
Akiba Kiss has pretty maids all in a row , but dont expect them to polish your knobsI
nevitably perhaps, Thailand has imported Japans maid caf้é and the maids arent here to dust. Nearly a decade after meido-kafe became a phenomenon in Tokyos gadget- and mangamad Akihabara district, their cute girls in frilly maid costumes have found a home in Bangkok. The young women wear alluring schoolgirl outfits and dress as sexy comic-book characters too, but fans are quick to reassure the culture guardians that this isnt about lust.
The path to understanding
A Tibetan lama leads sessions in meditation and self-awarenessH
is Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche is returning to Bangkok this month and from Friday to April 26 will be offering an intensive series of talks and meditation sessions. Phakchok Rinpoche is the Supreme Head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage, and abbot of a monastery in Chapagaon in the southern Kathmandu Valley, as well as the head of Riwoche Monastery in Tibets Dokham region. Born in 1981 to Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron, Phakchok Rinpoche is grandson of Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche and the eldest brother of the Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Recognised by the Kagyu regents and ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he has studied with a number of great lamas, including Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Maiden in China
Shes not just another Jane, shes Chinas youth ambassador no lessE
dith Piaf was the Little Sparrow, Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul and, in China, Jane Z has been dubbed the Dolphin Princessmuch to the chagrin of the 24-year-old. I really dont like people calling me that, because first of all, its very strange, you know. Its weird, and everybody just thinks, Oh, OK, shes a singer and she can sing like a dolphin, Jane told The Daily Yomiuri on a recent visit to Tokyo. The unusual nickname was given to her when she finished third in Super Girl, a female singing contest held on Chinese television in 2005, in which she reached some extraordinary vocal heights.
ARTS & CULTURE
Exit The Persecuted Puppets
One of the few Potehi puppeteers in Indonesia , Teguh Chandra , finds it difficu lt to maintain the ancient Chinese performanceI
n the middle of busy Semawis Market in Semarang, dozens of people stood staring, apparently transfixed by a red box, from which issued the sounds of traditional Chinese music. Before long, a golden puppet appeared, decorated with the picture of a dragonthe king. The Potehi puppet show had begun. Inside the box, 75-year-old Teguh Chandra and his assistant performed their show, accompanied by three musicians playing a range of traditional instruments.