‘Tis the season to be jolly! But how does one get into the Christmas spirit during the festive season when one is halfway across the world in Asia? Christmas is surely different here than it is back home, no? This photo essay explores how the Yuletide is celebrated in the Far East – from Thailand to Taiwan to Japan to Mongolia.
My time in Japan has nearly reached its end. Now that I’ve lived in the country for just shy of a year and a half, I can sincerely say the industrialized country is an anomoly of Asia, where many countries are still deep in developing mode. In some ways that’s bad, yet in other ways that’s good. This article focuses on the ten things I’m going to miss the most from Japan’s better half.