I took a three-day trip to Yanji, the capital of China’s autonomous ethnic-Korean prefecture, to see what an ethnic minority region in Northeast China looks like. Did I find myself surrounded by all things Korean, or was Yanji Just-Another-Han-City™? Read more to find out what a Chinese city right on the border with North Korea feels like.
Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year in China? It’s a heck of a lot different than celebrating it back in the States, that’s for sure. The eating, the drinking, the mahjong, and the fireworks all make for an unforgettable experience for the uninitiated Westerner. This travelogue is all about spending the Lunar New Year in the Middle Kingdom as the white elephant in the room.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s harder for a Westerner to jump straight from their home countries to China or Japan, or to simply jump from China to Japan. Though they are only separated by a small sea, the differences between these two ancient Asian countries could fill an entire ocean. Read this article to find out which ten are the most contrasting.
What comes to your mind when you first think of Kaohsiung? Unless you’ve spent time in Taiwan, I’m guessing you’ve never even heard of it. Don’t worry, as I was once the same as you. I spent 7 days in Kaohsiung to get some answers, and this trip report is all about what I discovered in Taiwan’s second largest city. So was it worth a damn? Read to find out.
If there’s one country in Asia that most Westerners unanimously shower with praise, it’s got to be Japan. But does the isolated island country really deserve so much credit? This blogger certainly doesn’t think so. Read more to find out which ten aspects of Japan I found the most aggravating, and hence ultimately made me leave the country much earlier than planned.
‘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.
Photography can be one the single greatest ways to add some color to your life, but you have to drop your preconceptions and give it a chance first. I dove head first into the vast world of photography over three years ago, and here are eight of the benefits that came into my life as a result.
Rice is by far the most consumed staple in the Japanese and Asian diet. As a result, someone somewhere must be growing a whole lot of rice. Look no further than Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture, where rice is grown in every nook and cranny of open field space. This photo essay explores what’s been going on over the last half year here in Ibaraki to get rice from the farm fields all the way to your dinner bowl.
There are countless photos and videos out there of bustling Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka, but far less often do we hear about the much overlooked Japanese countryside. If you’ve ever wondered what a typical rural Japanese neighborhood looks like, then click here and take a stroll with me through my quiet neighborhood in Kamisu, a small town in Ibaraki prefecture located roughly 70 miles east of Tokyo.