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Asian History

Photo Friday: Forbidden City Favourites

Photo Friday: Forbidden City Favourites

The Forbidden City in Beijing is truly incredible.  I lost count how many times I said, “Woooooow!” I find that everyone talks about wanting to see the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors when discussing bucket list things…

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: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

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…

Photo Friday: Japanese WWII Tunnel in Davao, Philippines

Photo Friday: Japanese WWII Tunnel in Davao, Philippines

Although only 300m in length, the Japanese WWII tunnel in Davao is worth a visit. Since it’s small, it won’t take a long time to thoroughly explore, and you won’t be stuck in the high humidity for long. The tunnel…

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