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Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Sex or any sex-related subjects are almost never discussed in Japan.  I’ve never even heard any Japanese people (in Japan) make a penis joke or any kind of sex joke.  Most of my adult students were utterly horrified when I had…

Photo Friday: Two Malay Palaces

Photo Friday: Two Malay Palaces

Palaces represent the foundation, history, and culture of a nation, but the two Malay palaces I saw were a little different.  I think it’s because people generally associate the Petronas Towers as a symbol of Malaysia and in Melaka, you…

Photo Friday:  St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

Photo Friday: St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

You can’t go to St. Petersburg without trekking to Palace Square, which is the city’s central square, and seeing the Winter Palace, also known as The Hermitage, at night.  It was the official residence of the Russian tsars from 1732-1917,…

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Japan’s largest graveyard, called Oku no In (奥の院), is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.  It’s about 50km away from Osaka atop the sacred mountain of Koyasan (高野山), or Mount Koya, in Wakayama.  If you walk, it’ll take…

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