With a circumference of only 2.15 kilometers, Yubu Jima is the smallest island in the Yaeyama Archipelago, Okinawa. The entire island is a subtropical garden, with more than 100 varieties of trees!
On the island are 43 water buffaloes, 23 carts, 23 people and 17 households (2010, yubujima.com).
The island is accessible by water buffalo cart from Iriomote Jima.
“When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man-made devastation.” – Wilfred Burchett
72 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.
The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground. Read More
“I like to be grounded by nature, go hiking… go to an isolated island that’s not glamorous and touristy at all.” – Cote de Pablo
Covered by dense jungles and mangrove forests, and surrounded by beautiful coral reefs – Iriomote Jima is one of the best destinations in Japan for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Read More
Pride Toronto is an annual event held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in June each year. A celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community in the Greater Toronto Area. It is one of the largest organized gay pride festivals in the world, featuring several stages with live performers and DJs, several licensed venues, a large Dyke March, a Trans March and the Pride Parade. (Wikipedia) Read More
From 40 millions to almost none, crowded to deserted, bustling to peaceful. From Tokyo to Iriomote. Welcome to Okinawa!
Sometime in October, after enjoying the craziness of Tokyo, I took the bullet train (shinkansen) from Tokyo to Nagoya, and the airplane from Nagoya to Ishigaki city. Final destination: Iriomote Jima island, the southernmost island of Japan. This is part 1 of three series posts about three beautiful islands from Okinawa. Read More
Flying Thai Airways for the first time was “smooth as silk”. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the flight!
“The First Choice Carrier with Touches of THAI”
By Xue Feng
“Because I like sea. And I’m crazy.”
Onomichi city, Hiroshima prefecture
“This is a drinking cafe in a museum where jazz flows.” – Mr. Seiichi Ishikawa
A lover of Japan, Xue spent more than one year in this incredible country, most of the time off the beaten path – that makes her stories and photos so much unique.
This time Xue discovered a hidden gem in the Onomichi city in the Hiroshima prefecture: the “Shell”. Read More
By Arun Sharma – Guest Blogger
“Everyone living abroad has their own story and their own little quirks to say and express, so, this is me and this is my experience as a student in Bangkok, Thailand.”
A few months ago, everything was different and now that I look back, I realize that time can do a lot to a person. Today marks the hundredth day living in Bangkok, Thailand away from home and my family for the first time in my life. Read More
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Toronto the commemoration takes place in Little Italy. The Good Friday procession is a reenacting of the 14 stations of the cross, symbolizing the path Jesus walked before the moment of his crucifixion.
The preparations for the procession take place at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Hundreds of people line the streets of Little Italy to watch the procession where parishioners are dressed as Jesus, Roman soldiers and disciples – carrying statues and banners telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Read More