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Elegance in the Elephant Kingdom

Little languid landlocked Laos. Surrounded on all sides by bigger, bolder neighbors...

Destination Paradise: Budget friendly Railay, Thailand, a thrill a minute

Escaping the sting of Korean winter has been a goal of ours each year we have lived here.  It seems quite essential for our sanity to take a...

  Even the lights are made of condoms at Bangkok's Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant.  Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Bangkok: Authentic Thai cuisine, with a side of condoms

Despite the fact that condoms save more lives than North Korea has soldiers, people still blush when buying them at their local convenience store...

View of Okegawa Inari shrine (Photo courtesy of Febry Fawzi)

Okegawa Inari Shrine and Daibanjaku

For those of you who have traveled to Kyoto, you might know this kind of temple, where hundreds of red torii line the statue of kitsune or fox....

Outdoor ice-skating rink next to Yokohama red brick warehouse- 1 (Photo courtesy of JJ Walsh)

Outdoor Ice skating in Yokohama

If you are wondering what to do with the kids to enjoy some outdoor fun in winter in Yokohama, this "Art Rink" outdoor skating rink is a fun...

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Exploring Myanmar

Myanmar- Many a traveler has set off to explore lands “off the beaten track.” Although a wonderful concept in theory, finding those lands in this...

The 14th Annual Tinian Turquoise Blue Triathlon & Reef Swim will be held on February 15, 2014, in the Northern Mariana Islands. Photo credit: Hideo Miyazawa

14th Tinian Turquoise Blue Triathlon on Feb. 15

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) – The Marianas Visitors Authority serves up double the fun on Tinian with the 14th Annual Tinian Turquoise...

How to pack a perfect sack

Your Pack - Buy a pack that is designed for your body that is comfortable with good padding.  Many camping stores have online...

Kumamotokan market. Photo courtesy Kumamotokan

A taste of Japan

Melon-flavored ice cream from Hokkaido. Natamame (sword bean) tea from Hyogo. Mikan juice from Wakayama. Usually such unique regional items can...

Children are given an opportunity to operate mining equipment (it's perfectly safe!)

Ruins of Ikashima - Coal Mine Island

The island of Ikeshima, a day trip from Nagasaki or Fukuoka, lies on top of an enormous reserve of undersea coal. Starting in 1959, a local...

Participants in the Dosojin Fire Festival attack a tower, known as the shaden, with torches as a group of 25-year-old men defend it with pine branches. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

A festival of fire and sacrifice in Nozawa Onsen, Japan

NAGANO, Japan — The icy thud of booted footsteps buffalo through flurries of snow...

Hondo (Main Hall). It is here that the abbot and training monks regularly practice Zazen (Buddhist meditation), recite sutras and officiate ceremonies (Photo courtesy of Jessica A Paje)

Sengakuji Temple, Shinagawa

Have you watched Universal Pictures 47 Ronin starring Keanu...

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