Japanese painter Eriko Hamada is seen at Tranquil. Cafe, where she will hold an exhibition titled “Hanoi through Lacquer” from September 14 to 30 – Photo: Courtesy of organizer The “Hanoi through Lacquer” exhibition will take place at Tranquil. Cafe in Hanoi from September 14 to 30. People living in Hanoi love their families and have close relationships with their neighborhoods since the old time. Some precious ancient buildings in the city have been extended either vertically or horizontally to accommodate bigger families. “We can find a part of the wall that has fallen, and other parts have changed. We can also find traces of layers of paint being re-applied various times. How many people have visited these places, how people spend time there, and how people have changed along with the houses. I always imagine these things and sometimes I talk to the residents while sketching,” said Eriko Hamada. Most of the buildings in Hanoi have changed as time goes by without being completely demolished. It is similar to the lacquer paintings having many layers. Eriko Hamada was born in Japan in 1988 and has been living and working as a painting teacher in Hanoi since 2012. She has taken part in several exhibitions such as the fifth Hanoi Open Exhibition in 2018 and the FACE Exhibition at Seiji Museum in Togo in 2019.