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Smiles and laughter at the Nathan Phillips Square skating ring during Toronto’s 186th anniversary, March 8, 2020. Toronto Comicon’s first ever Cosplay Skate brought young and old, beginners and advanced skaters together, parading in cosplay costumes in rhythms of disco music.

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Yubu Jima (由布島) Island

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.

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One of the harshest and coldest winters in Canada was the winter of 2013/14 – with a Christmas ice storm that downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to half million people – and a series of polar vortexes. The polar vortex from the beginning  of January froze the Niagara River and the two smaller waterfalls, creating an unusual winter landscape.

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The “Sleepless Town” (眠らない街)

“Tokyo’s hidden erotic wonderland is open for business.” – National Geographic

When I arrived first time at the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, I was lost. 3.64 million passengers pass through the world’s busiest transport hub each day, more than the population of Toronto! Once you find your way out (from over 200 exits), you may head to the famous red light district of Tokyo, Kabukichō – the “Sleepless Town”.

Kabukichō (歌舞伎町)

Your first clue that you are in the area is when you are seeing well dressed young Japanese men with very long hair. You will find them at the main entrances to the Kabukichō red light district, every day and night.

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From Kensington Market to Harbourfront – photos from January 18, 2020 Toronto winter storm.

The Harbourfront area on the shores of Lake Ontario offers an escape from the busy city of Toronto, a transition between city and nature, between skyscrapers and Lake Ontario. A pretty deserted area during a  winter storm…

“Bad weather always looks worse through a window.”

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Toronto winter storm warning for January 18, 2020: 15 cm of snow expected!

The snow was falling all day long. It was more like a blizzard, with strong winds and low visibility. Especially on the shores of Ontario lake.

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