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Retrospection to the Online Japanese Film Festival (JFF) – Hungary – 2021


Japan brought their latest trends in Japanese cinemafor movie lovers to watch in their armchair free online films within the Japanese Film Festival (JFF).

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is a project held by the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese film around the world. With a slogan of „Japanese Film Anytime, Anywhere.” The program was launched in 2016 for 10 ASEAN countries and Australia. Since then holding the Festivals with the latest Japanese films and expanding their network in including countries such as: China, Russia, and India. In the 2019-20 year was held festivals in 56 cities in 12 countries, whilst watched by more than 170000 viewers.
This year, in addition to the conventional in-person Japanese Film Festival (JFF) events, held a “JFF Plus Online Festival for online viewers in the 20 countries. These were: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam,  Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary.

The JFF is under the umbrella of the Japan Foundation which is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries/regions, our various activities and information services create opportunities for people-to-people interactions. Online Festival took place from November2020 up to March 2021 in 20 countries around the world bringing 30 Japanese films ranging from the latest hits to always popular anime and the classics.

All the JFF screened films had subtitles in Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, English, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese language.

Tsukiji Wonderland 2016 – Documentary – length time 1h 50min. Director: Naotaro Endo
Synopsis JFF „Through the lives of professionals working at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the film portrays how Tsukiji has been the center of fish culinary culture and helped Japanese food culture to flourish as we know it today.”

Adding to the documentary … overall: Tokyo – Edo in 1923 was a grand earthquake and whilst rebuilding the venue over the decades Tsukiji became over the decades one of the biggest World Fish Market providing huge service to the world fish food by hard working people. They have daily wholesales fish auction and was clear to learn “most important is the “jouhou” (the information) without the info the fish would just sit there.

Tsukiji is One of the Seven Food Wonders of the World.

Tsukiji has its artisan culture. Was said, there are 10 days in a year when fish taste its best, but each season has its own variety in fish … Spring: brings shellfish … March: is the icefish season … Tune in the Spring are the best in taste. Tuna is all around the season, but during the summer they aren’t so fatty. Tuna live deep in the sea they do not have to struggle on the hook, they aren’t vital because of the food they eat. Summer: Sweetfish started to fish in june and they are caught in the river. Autumm: Typhoon at its best. Scallops arrive at ESqUISSE alive. Winter: more variety in fish and they get more fatter pufferfish – mackerel.

During the JFF was not all drama, documentary, musical but were animated features, films, cartoons for kids and interviews with Japanese directors.

Thanks to the JFF to watch through free online movies during in the festival!

@ Aggie Reiter

Budapest Hosts First “Winternational” Gastronomy Festival – 2019

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District, XIV., Vajdahunyad Castle Promenade – Budapest

For a month you may taste the world’s winter festive meals.

December, 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

The organizers of the Advent Basilica, the most beautiful Xmas market in Europe elected on the basis of votes have launched another special event. Namely: Winternational is the first international winter gastronomy festival in  Budapest – Hungary.

What is actually Winternational, get to answer by visiting non less than delights from 25 vendors offering from 15 country‘s winter cuisine.  The organizers held a walk-through tasting press gathering by visiting the food booths. Entrance  to the venue is at the light-painted dome tent. Skip-the-line tickets, cause entry is free of charge.

As the visitors will be entering the venue will be greeted by eye-catching fairy tale settings: a lantern forest, light-painted dome tent, a magical miniature carousel for the kids to have fun on the chilly days of the season, and to view the iconic building of the renewed Liget park is just minutes away. Also reaching the spot many may be passing the Monuments of Hero Square and then will catch the eye of the magnificent sight of the Vajdahunyad Castle. 

When it comes to the winter traditions around the world may see not the same in every country. In Europe, Xmas is typically celebrated, but there are countries where there are other tradition such as the Western and Orthodox Christian. Not all keeping the holiday it the same way. However, when time comes in celebrating their special event, families gather and enjoying number of programs, along with traditional food and drinks.

In Hungary the main Xmas dish still kept tradition, for Xmas eve fish is prepared in several ways, famous Hungarian fish soup, baked fish with dressing and different fillings of beigli (cake).
In Eastern European origins flavor turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups.

Traditions kept around the world …. In the Anglo-Saxon culture, some regions  Santa Claus called (Chimney John) brings the gifts for the kids.. In Sweden, it is celebrated throughout December and traditionally until St. Knut’s Day on January 13. In Finland people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in the northern part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they bring the gifts to young ones. Almost every year in Israel celebrate during the same time Hanukkah at Christmas. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, in Israel. This happened in the 160s BCE/BC (before Jesus was born). Hanukkah is the Hebrew and Aramaic word for ‘dedication’. In Australia, at this time of year it is summertime, schools out and celebration beside spending time to avoid the heat stay around the beach or in tents where the presents are normally exchanged between families on Christmas Day.  Santa sometimes gives the reindeers a rest and might use kangaroos to travel with the gifts for the kids. He also changes his clothes for less ‘hot’ ones! Children often leave out carrots for Santa’s reindeer and there might be some cake for Santa, with some cold beer but it’s often non-alcoholic because Santa has to drive his sleigh back home to the North.

There is also at this time of year around the world a certain identity for good wishes, spoken in local languages, for example: Sweden: God Jul, Finland: Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they greet each other by saying: Merry Christmas. Indonesia: Selamat Natal, Irish-Gaelic: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, Israel-Hebrew: Chag Molad Sameach meaning “Happy festival of birth”, Italy: Buon Natale, Malaysia-Bahasa / Malay: Selamat Hari Natal, Native American-Yupik: Alussistuakeggtaarmek, The Netherlands -Dutch: Prettige Kerst (Happy Christmas). Also China celebrating their most important holiday the Dongzhi Festival. So, if any of the visitors to the Vajdahunyad Castle meet any of these tourist may great them in the mother tongue language.

The Winternational is really just a few steps from the sumptuous Hero Square and the Budapest’s largest outdoor skating rink just across the Castle. Either of these hot spot venues are definitely to visit by tourists on the cool days. Spend your vacation, or relax  not missing this wonderful location while staying in Budapest making the fullest memories. A must-see and must-taste experience.

The gastronomy of these religious and cultural diversity was sought by the organizers to introduce and present to the locals, tourists staying, foreigners living in or outside of Budapest to  pay a visit to the Winternational Gastronomy Festival. Visitors can sample American (Buffalo Bill steamed meats), Germans (sausage delivery), Belgians (sweeties) French yummy (light vegetable and ham pies), Chinese (herbal drinks). Naturally, can be found in many places traditional Hungarian delicacies of the kitchen, and who are longing for hot drinks can have a taste of the delicious “AfterEight flavor hot chocolate, also with a touch of rum or with clove version. Also mulled wine and hot tea is not missing, to warm up the visitors. During the Winternational Gastronomy Festival, the Chinese Tourism Agency will permanently open a Pandah House with a special decoration, where besides the permanent programs (coloring, panda searching, photo tree) there will be exciting events, a fine place for the children to keep themselves busy.

But surely for the lineup of gastronomy delights the visitors need not have to get on a train nor fly over long distance and in hours to reach these delightful food.

At the Winternational feastival, expecting a decorated Xmas tree, don’t count on it, cause not all the countries at the venue keep … as said a bit earlier.  … the Xmas holidays in their country.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Friday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Xmas: December 24. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., December 25 and 26. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December, 31. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Year:  Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter

Diplomatic Fair – 2016

November, 27. 2016.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

International Bazaar

InterContinental Budapest

District V., 12-14. Apáczai Csere Jánios Street – Budapest

At the 6th Diplomatic Fair, forty-five countries will be represented by their embassies at the InterContinental Budapest in collaboration with Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest. It is organized under the patronage of Anita Herczegh – spouse of the president of Hungary.

Stalls will showcase specialities and souvenirs from these countries and he visitors will be able to enjoy food and drinks from over 20 countries  ont he spot at the refreshment area.

Entertainment will not be shortage … music and dance performances from Indonesia, Chile, India, USA, and Serbia  and among many others will be as being over at these countries at their entertainment programs.

There will be as in the previous years a children corner devoted especially to them. Throughout the day there will be raffles to be won.

The Diplomatic Fair is not just an entertaining international day for the whole family in the spirit of the festive season, it also raises funds for Hungarian charities.

Entry fee 500HUF/person

Update by Aggie Reiter

Indonesian Days – Wandering in the world of Indonesia flavors – Budapest

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Indonesian Days – Grand Market Hall – „Vásárcsanok – Nagycsarnok”

 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May, 17-19. – 2016.

District, IX., 1-3. Vámház Blvd. – Budapest

The award-winning market also regularly plays a role in hosting country-themed food days, celebrating food, culture from countries all over the world.

There are many events taking place in the biggest and most beautiful market hall of Budapest, at the Grand Market Hall – “Vásárcsarnok – Nagycsarnok”

The Indonesia Days  coming up at the Grand Market Hall which is jointly organized with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Budapest.

Indonesia is kinda “starlight”, faraway for many people, but for many Indonesia is known for its rich in culture, gastronomy, silver and pearl jewellery, handicrafts, clothes and accessories, home decoration, special batiste clothes.

Unfortunately, the amazing spots for sea diving, cannot be brought over to the Grand Market Hall to the visitors, but their special gastronomy, the wide variety of exotic spices will be present at the Indonesian Days.

Yet, a fine time to learn about another country’s culture. The Indonesia coffee is one of the highest quality in the world … and learn how rich  the coconut plays a part in the Indonesia gastronomy. Also learn about the numerous strengths of Indonesian chili pepper used to-day in their gastronomy, that once the Spaniards and Portuguese brought from America to Indonesia.

The Indonesia products will also be present for sale.

During the event a special stage will be set where those who are intrested can hear and see traditional Indonesian music and dance performances. The show is held by the musicians and dancers of the Indonesian Embassy daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A real attraction not to be missed for locals and tourist!

Update by Aggie Reiter



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This was the second year’s to the  3-days charity fair „DAYS OF INDONESIA”.  It came to an end on Sunday around 7 p.m. at the Syma Event and Convention Center. During the three days event ongoing music and dancers showing Java, Bali Island traditional  dancing. Even through the Indonesian music and dance is far from the Hungarian traditional folk music from time-to-time members of the audience, kids, adult and even elder folks were called upon the stage to dance together.  All those volunteers who joined the dance to the Indonesian style very soon learnt the steps and enjoyed being dancing together on and beside the stage. The Indonesian Embassy made sure the Hungarians will have an insight into the world of Indonesia by viewing the exotic cultural performances, seeing and understanding of the origin products. Many shoppers just could not  only walk by seeing the superb accessories, home decor, snake-skin bags  in original and stunning colors, the unique home-made batik clothes were even popular … no factory stuff was around. Those who bought some special items took a piece of Indonesia back home with them. Customers who shopped any item for at least 1000HUF received a coupon and during the 3 days all the coupons were gathered and drawn several times/day whereas traditional Indonesian prize were to win. Just before 6 p.m. the raffle to the main two prize took place … flight tickets  from Budapest back and forth to Jakarta and to Bali. The Budapest-Jakarta flight ticket was won by a lady working at the Indonesian Embassy in Budapest. The Budapest-Bali flight tickets was won by a Hungarian girl  and receiving her ticket to Bali said she will be traveling with her Indonesians girlfriend who is studying in Budapest and knows she will be in good hands with a perfect guide traveling to Bali. The Indonesian ambassador announced and solemnly handed over from the charity fair’s collected one million Hungarian Forint. This amount came from the donation by the supporters from the Indonesia Embassy, the international traders and the income from the sold  raffle tickets during the three days fair. The donation was handled over to the representatives from the STRETCH YOUR HAND foundation – Marianna Nagy and Hedvig Kányási who  serve at the institution of disadvantaged children’s and the proposal will go to the “Door handles” pre-school and special elementary vocational school and students’ home, based at the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplény County. …By-the-Way ….  the coming week from May, 15  to May, 17. at the Grand Market Hall in Budapest will be held  a three-days Indonesia Market Day, whereas food, drinks, crafts will be available for those who could not make it to the previous event. The Indonesia  music and dance will not end here in Budapest, after the Indonesia Days  at Grand Market Hall in Budapest, the group’s next station will be rolling over to Zagreb – Republic of Croatia to present their show.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter



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Indonesia a country of more than 17 thousand islands and this coming week-end an Indonesia Island will be in just a hand reach! 

Syma Event and Convention Center

Therefore, for the time being,  needn’t have to make flight reservations and travel for a day from Budapest – Jakarta – Bandung – Jakarta – Budapest back-and-forth to lead your journey to Indonesia, a place of historical sites and eye-catching traditional crafts and so forth because a huge slice of Indonesia is coming to Budapest this coming week-end …

May, 9 to 11. 2014.

 Venue – District XIV., 1. György Road.

Opening hours each day from: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How come? … The Indonesian Embassy in Budapest and the Indonesian Trade Center is jointly organizing a Charity event namely …


Entry ticket is just a symbolic price:  500 HUF!  The total income provided by the visitors will be handed over to the representatives of the  “Stretch your hand” Foundation during the closing ceremony on Sunday.  It is  an aid in providing more children with multiple disadvantages for gender equality.

Indonesian music and dance performances will fill the area and visitors can see the Indonesian Embassy’s musicians and dancers  having an insight into the world of exotic cultural performances.  Regarding up to the previous information Indonesia’s products brought to the event by the Hungarian importers and traders will display a wide range of products as:  snake-skin bags, fashion apparel, furniture accessories,  silver jewelry, pearls and home decor will be on the spot, just at the visitors fingertips. Indonesian food of course will not be missing, beside having the special Indonesia tea or coffee the sweet tooth lovers may taste the delicious sweeties. Most probably visitors rolling around „Indonesia” and experiencing the scent of food by the Indonesian cook will taste the traditional Indonesian dishes.

During the three days event, several occasion a raffle will be drawn take among the visitors who purchased a raffle ticket and the lucky ones may turn back home with a prize or two of traditional Indonesian objects. There will be two main prizes …  Two tickets to Bali … how does that sound?!?

Worthwhile to mark your calendar as to drop over this week-end, spend a magical Indonesia Day(s) at the Syma Event and Convention Center along with your family and friends.

Update by Aggie Reiter


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Intercontinental Hotel – Budapest

Sunday, November, 24.

The Association of Diplomatic Spouses Budapest DSB (Diplomatic Spouses Budapest) organized for the third time this year the Diplomatic Charity Fair. The family fair was opened to  everybody who wished to join this event. The main purpose is to raise money for charities was also supported by the Hungarian DSB.

Organizations supported by the DSB: Special Educational and Development Institute (SOFI). The Brothers of the Good Shepherd (victims of violence for women and kids).  The Esztergom Our House (the community center for disadvantaged children and families in need of services). The entry ticket fee was 500HUF which as a donation also was offered  to the organizations  supporters.

The official opening and welcoming words were given by  Biljana Griovska, President of the DSB club, deputy mayor of Budapest and H.E. Mr. Alberto Bottari de Castello, Apostolic Nuncio. 

Mrs Anita Herczegh, the spouse of the President of Hungary was the guest of honor.

During the fair the national stalls of different countries presented their yummies, folk art, music and dances but souvenirs can buy small gifts for visitors. Was alike as having a trip in a wink abroad in just minutes away from one nation to the other. There was a „kids corner”, crafts, self-made silver and art jewelry, rainbow colors of pashmina stoles, hand-made painted silk exotic food/spices, gifts, cloths, home furnishing and ayurveda products from India. Thai and Indonesian food and spices, wooden gifts, exotic fresh veggie and fruit drinks, hand-made sweeties, Dolce Vita Beauty supplies, organic drinks … far from knowing the existence of these drinks by the Hungarians.

The entertainment programs of the day were awesome, having the present the preformances of the ExperiDance show, the splendid Korean and Indian dance shows, Children music group from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Music performance represented by Andre Goodfriend and Karen Posner Mullen from the U.S.A. Embassy in Budapest, brought the eye-catching Iberoamerican artists on the  stage, grand show with 16 dancers show by the Folk group from Serbia, Hungarian Opera singers, Italian musicians. Second-hand cloths … mostly brand new and various accessories all in good condition. The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest.

The charity fair have had become so popular compared to the previous two years, there was no question to hold again the third diplomatic charity fair this year with the participation of the representative embassies. The countries were: Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, UK, Belgium, Slovenia, Macedonia, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Qatar, Jordan, Thailand, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt,Serbia, Latvia, Angola, Philippines, China, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, Ecuador, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Albania, Kosovo.

During the late afternoon hours, the giant raffle draw took place with sophisticated prizes awaiting the lucky ones … Just to mention the most wanted ones … trips offered by the participating countries to their homeland was the most popular beside the 28 prizes.

Even though the program started at 10 a.m. and officially ended at 4 p.m., seemed like nobody wished to leave the place, feeling good and enjoying the each others companies.

This international gathering absolutely proved  peace and harmony is in everyone’s heart.  This good vibration should be propagated around the world. Happy people filled with warm hearts.

Thumbs-up to the organizers …  Even though on a day called Sunday, the Sun was missing, raining throughout the day … for many it was a bright and sunny day at the Diplomatic Charity Fair!

Last but not least, here goes two videos to show the brilliant preformances:

Updated, snaps, video by Aggie Reiter