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A Minute and 100 Metres

I arrived via train, 40 hours and just under 4000km in a hard-seat, from Beijing, where rumours were circulating about the extent of the military presence, needle attacks, Uighur and Han street gangs…

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Nishijin Harmonies

“I’ve always been intrigued by mastery on every level — mastery of one’s skills to use as a focus to purify oneself and to live well, to live happily, and to feel that one is living in a congruent and meaningful form.”

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Pico Iyer is Lost

Pico Iyer is lost. It’s a condition he uses to great effect in his increasingly internalised travel books as we find him on the road to somewhere he’s not sure of.

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Gay Jakarta: Defining the Emerging Community

Watch any television channel in Indonesia for more than half an hour and it’s obvious that waria (male-to-female transvestites) are tolerated throughout the country…

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Host Clubs: Lessons in Language, Culture, and Power

Hosts are sort of heterosexual male sex workers, but they do not sell ‘sex,’ though it can happen outside of the club. It is more of a companionship…

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Becoming a Pacifist in Iraq: Interview with Aidan Delgado

“I am the most sinful Buddhist, because I’m here and I know better. I am oppressing these people, keeping them in cages. I just wrote how far from my Buddhist ideals I was, so far away that I felt damned, like I was in hell…”

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India’s Bandit Queen: An Interview with Phoolan Devi

Astonishing viewers at the Cannes Film Festival, the 1994 film “Bandit Queen” thrust PHOOLAN DEVI into the international limelight. But Devi criticized the film for being overly graphic and for leaving out major events…

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A Vital Occupation

At 1:30 I stop a random stranger on the street, and ask how to get to Akihabara. It may surprise you, but this is one of my special duties. I’m supposed to do one of these every three hours….

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Where is the Wild?

Henry was wild about wildness, just couldn’t stop talking about it one way or another, and who can blame him, he saw it disappearing.

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Toyama-ken Gogoku Shrine-min

Located on Honshu island’s north-west coast and just under 3 hours away from Tokyo on the bullet train, Toyama is perhaps better known as a convenient stop for access to the Tateyama mountain range, where visitors can traverse an impressive corridor of snow up to 20 meters high in the months of April through June.

KJ’s Anna Malpas and Minechika Endo spent the day exploring glorious Shiga, just a short train ride away from Kyoto! We were treated to some of the incredible tastes of Shiga, from the delicious Matsu no Hana sake, to a local delicacy called funazushi – a fish that has been packed in rice and fermented for up to four years. We also enjoyed amazing views from the Biwako Terrace after an incredibly speedy trip on the Biwako Valley Ropeway.

Shirahige Shrine

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