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More Malaysians Holidaying in Japan
Culture / Japan / Lifestyle / Malaysia

More Malaysians Holidaying in Japan

More locals are choosing Japan for international holidays, with Malaysian tourist arrivals to the Land of The Rising Son hitting a record high for the first half of the year. Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) executive director Hideki Manabe said 116,200 Malaysians visited Japan between January and June this year, an increase of 62.5 per … Continue reading »

32nd Annual Round Valley Blackberry Festival
Culture / Festival / United States of America

32nd Annual Round Valley Blackberry Festival

Covelo was the ground central for all things blackberry last weekend as it hosted the 32 annual Blackberry Festival. Arts, crafts, non-stop music and blackberry flavored treats brought people in from the hills to enjoy the shaded Blackberry Grounds. This year a crew of firefighters let off a bit of steam with a quick water … Continue reading »

Jarule And Ashanti Are Coming To Nigeria
Culture / Music / Nigeria

Jarule And Ashanti Are Coming To Nigeria

The ‘Always On Time‘ crooners will be  will be performing live at the show tagged, ‘Warri Again: The Flagship’, which will be holding in Warri, Delta State on Independence day. Other Nigerian acts who will be performing alongside the American stars are Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Dr Sid, Daddy Showkey, … Continue reading »

Sukiyaki Meets the World … and the World Gets to Meet Toyama
Culture / Japan / Music

Sukiyaki Meets the World … and the World Gets to Meet Toyama

In June of 1963, Kyu Sakamoto’s “Ue wo Muite Aruko” — better known as “Sukiyaki” overseas — became Japan’s first, and only, No. 1 hit single in the United States. Fifty years later, the song is still cherished at home (anyone using Tomobe Station in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, will know it as the departure melody … Continue reading »

Southwestern France is Rich in History and Charm
Culture / France / Lifestyle

Southwestern France is Rich in History and Charm

As summer begins its slow exit, the French, who close their shops and take August off for a national holiday, will soon return — making autumn a splendid time for American visitors. The fields, rivers and lakes of the southwestern region are especially inviting in September and October. Ancient villages sit on hilltops, and medieval castles dot … Continue reading »

Incredible Dragon Body Painted in a Single Brush Stroke
Art / Culture / Japan

Incredible Dragon Body Painted in a Single Brush Stroke

For four generations, artists at the Kousyuuya studio in Nikko, Japan have developed and mastered an amazing creative process. The artists make stylized dragon images in a practice called Hitofude Ryuu. The artists make details to the head using several small strokes. But the long, curving, multi-colored body is just one–one!–brush stroke. FULL STORY Continue reading »

Celebrities Read Books to Young Children to Promote Reading in Kyrgyzstan
Culture / Kyrgyzstan / Literature

Celebrities Read Books to Young Children to Promote Reading in Kyrgyzstan

The Caravan of Celebrities Reading to Children has reached Issyk-Kul region. The action is organized by the Roza Otunbayeva Initiative Public Foundation. It continued then in Tyup village, where people’s artist Jamal Seidakmatova read fairy tales to young children and their parents. The children retold the main ideas of the fairy tale and discussed its … Continue reading »