Happy Year of the Sheep

新年快乐, dear readers! February 19 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year (as well as other Asian nations' lunar new year). This is...

Happy 2015!

“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ―...
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Christmas Greetings from Taipei

East Asia loves Christmas--I witnessed this while living in China. My Christmas tradition didn't change much when I moved to southern China years ago;...
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Holiday Lights of Tokyo

In the run up to Christmas, I noticed the prevalence of Christmas lights all over Tokyo. Every shopping area was decorated to attract more...

A Very Taipei Thanksgiving

"Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude." - Ambrose Bierce, The...
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Independence Day in Seoul

Celebrating Independence Day in Seoul, South Korea, with a spicy burger and some beer in Noksapyeong with a surprise fireworks show.
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July 4th Past

As I logged in for work this morning despite my usual habit of taking off for national holidays, I realized I had no 4th...
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May Day, Day Late

Yesterday was May Day, or International Labor Day, whichever you'd prefer. It was celebrated in various ways around the world--protests in Seattle and Istanbul,...
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Happy Lantern Festival

Happy Lantern Festival, a holiday in China that marks the end of the Lunar New Year festivities.
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Happy 2014!

Happy New Year, friends and readers! I celebrated in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night, but didn't join in the festivities on Pub Street as the...
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Celebrating Abroad

I've been working on the theory that birthdays abroad don't count. I like this theory because I've now celebrated six birthdays abroad (one in...
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Tim Burton Christmas in Tokyo

I found a Tokyo department store window display for Christmas, "Finding Wonder Christmas," that reminded me of Tim Burton.
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Happy Canada Day!

Watching part of the parade for the Canada Day festivities in Halifax, followed by food, drinks, and fireworks at the Farmer's Market.
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Story of a Bridge

Jersey City installed a new Liberty State Park bridge for pedestrians and bikes. It replaces the bridge washed away by Hurricane Sandy.
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Happy Birthday, Buddha

Today is Buddha's birthday. This photo is of Buddha's head surrounded by a bodhi tree in Ayutthaya, Thailand.