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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: 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: I’m Really in Japan

Photo Friday: I’m Really in Japan

Six years ago yesterday, September 8th, I landed in Japan for the first time, and I had my I’m really in Japan moments.  I’d been waiting my whole life to see Japan, although I never thought that my first Japanese…

Photo Friday: Angkor Wat Sunrise

Photo Friday: Angkor Wat Sunrise

Regardless of whether or not you’re a morning person, it is worth getting up in time to see the Angkor Wat sunrise.  It is absolutely breath-taking and ought to be on your bucket list. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing that you…

Photo Friday: Bayon, Cambodia’s Buddha Face Temple

Photo Friday: Bayon, Cambodia’s Buddha Face Temple

Last week, I went to Angkor Archaeological Park to see Angkor Wat of course, but what I didn’t expect was how much of an impact the Buddha face temple, Bayon, would have on me.     Bayon Temple was built in…

The Top 3 Samurai Spots in Japan

The Top 3 Samurai Spots in Japan

Japan is loaded with samurai history, artefacts, and reminders of their legacy.  You’ll see samurai in practically every period drama, and if you examine the ways of the samurai and their fascinating history, you’ll notice that several aspects of contemporary…

Photo Friday: Qibao – Shanghai’s Water Village

Photo Friday: Qibao – Shanghai’s Water Village

On one of my long layovers in Shanghai, I went to Qibao – Shanghai’s water village.  It dates back to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126), and it was a prosperous business centre during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties.…

Three Things to See in Taipei at Night

Three Things to See in Taipei at Night

Taipei’s a fascinating city with so many interesting things to see and do.  Like all major cities, there are all kinds of things to do at night, and Taipei is no exception.  However, I’ve narrowed it down to three things…

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