Join Jimmy and me as we revisit Vietnam and its ancient culture. Vietnamese water puppetry is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century. The ancient art form originated in the villages of northern Vietnam, as a way to entertain in the flooded rice paddies. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a pool-like arena where large rods support the puppets underwater. The puppeteers themselves, are hidden, thus the magic of the wooden characters as they dance and move about to the music. Enjoy the show!
As Jimmy gets ready to deliver the clue (in the photo above), the water puppets danced behind him on the water.
Neither of us had ever seen or experienced Vietnamese water puppetry. The brightly painted wooden puppets were fun to see in action, however having the chance to step behind the curtain for a behind the scenes look was particularly interesting.
Simply walking or driving along the streets of Vietnam was as interesting like a live museum because the daily lifestyle is so different from what we’re used to in California. We loved the tiny tables and chairs that lined the sidewalk for people to gather, eat and drink amidst friends. What a great community vibe!
The number of motorbikes in Vietnam was truly mind-boggling! They zoomed along crowded streets and alleys making simple things like crossing the street feel like a game of Frogger! We were advised, “Whatever you do, DO NOT STOP walking once you start to cross! The motorbikes will find their way safely around you.”