The Sapporo Snow Festival


The 64th Sapporo Snow Festival kicks off Feb. 5 and the latest version should be bigger and better than ever.


Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, volunteers stand in formation during the Kuragake Castle Festival in Kuga, Iwakuni City, Nov. 18, 2012. The festival began at the Kuga train station and paraded through the streets of town and ended at the town square. The parade ended with a reenactment of the final meeting for the Samurai before a famous 16th century battle. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)

Samurai for a day, memories for a lifetime


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Buddhist monks perform part of a ritual for the Hiwatari Shinji, or firewalking ceremony, which took place inside the Daisho-in, a historical Japanese temple, on Miyajima Nov. 15, 2012. After the haze clears, the monks then pass out sticks of wood with prayers written by those attending inscribed on them. Handfuls of prayer sticks are thrown into the blaze, releasing the wishes of the pilgrims and granting good luck. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer)

Fire-walking ceremony lights up Miyajima Daisho-in


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Cyber Monday deals start early


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Weathering the storm in Phu Quoc


I sat impatiently on the bed while rain pelted the rooftop. I was miserable. I shouldn’t have been so naïve in my trip planning but...


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