Happy Year of the Sheep

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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!

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“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

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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

May Day, Day Late

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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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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