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A Literary Guide to Stroud, UK

Stroud is a small Gloucestershire market town at the edge of the beautiful and historic Cotswolds. In this quaint and idyllic town, you’ll find farmer’s markets, old manor houses, and endless countryside walks across rolling hills. The town boasts Victorian homes, some charming cafes, and two delightful independent bookstores: one of new books, one of …

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Bookstores Around the World: Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore

Part of our Bookstores Around the World series. Fuzhou Lu is one of the main arteries that lead into the beating heart of Shanghai: People’s Square. The road is lined with interesting stores, cafes, barber shops, and more. Its crown jewel: the Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore, located a ten-minute walk down Fuzhou Lu from People’s …

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A Tour of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Zone

On 11th March 2011, the Tohoku Earthquake (magnitude 9) hit the north-eastern coast of Japan, leading to 15,000 deaths and a subsequent eight-metre high tsunami This tsunami devastated several coastal towns and caused the overheating – and subsequent three meltdowns – of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Since this dark day, Fukushima has been …

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Kabukicho, Tokyo: The Real-life Inspiration for Yakuza’s Kamurocho

What makes Sega’s Yakuza games the kings of the living, breathing open world? A pinch of love, a dash of passion, and the fascinating real-life counterpart Kabukicho. As has been mentioned previously by the greatest showperson in games media, James Stephanie Sterling, open worlds in this generation of video games have gotten bigger and bigger, …

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A Day Trip to Kamakura, Japan: Things to Do and See

Kamakura is a small, historically-rich, quaint little town that sits an hour south of Tokyo, on the other side of Yokohama. It is one of the most popular day-trip destinations for residents of Tokyo (see our other favourite day trips here) and tourists hoping to see more of the old ‘samurai Japan’ that we often …

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Bookstores Around the World: Itaewon Foreign Bookstore (Seoul, Korea)

Itaewon Foreign Bookstore (이태원 외국서점) When we travel or move abroad, there are often specific home comforts we seek out. For me, it’s English books. And so, what a delight it was to find the excellent Itaewon Foreign Bookstore in the heart of Korea’s capital. The store is owned by a delightfully grumpy old Korean …

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Bookstores Around the World: @Wonder (Tokyo, Japan)

Tokyo’s Jimbocho district is renowned for its 300+ bookstores, each offering something unique and exciting. What sets @Wonder apart, however, is its alleyway entrance, bookended (pardon the pun) by near-endless shelves of second hand Japanese texts to peruse and admire, and the store’s attractive upstairs café. @Wonder is one of the newer bookstores in the …

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Explore the Funaya of Ine: A New Side to Kyoto, Japan

When we picture Kyoto, the first thing that jumps to mind are the shrines, bamboo forests, and geisha. It’s hard to believe that a couple of hours outside of the city proper will take you to landscapes to so vastly different, where people live a traditional lifestyle far away from the modern aspects of Japan …

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Best Food and Drink in Hanoi (and where to find it)

Vietnam has a world-class reputation when it comes to food. The renowned street food plus the unique spices and herbs mean that foodies have very much put Vietnam on their travel bucket list. Here’s a quote that many will be familiar with from Anthony Bourdain: “Going to Vietnam the first time was life-changing for sure. …

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Video Post: Coron, Philippines: A Few Nights in Paradise

We recently had the pleasure of visiting Coron. Staying in a lagoon with Paolo and his family on Paolyn Houseboats was one of the best things we’ve ever done. Here’s a video of some of the incredible views we saw in Coron and things we got up to. Read our full article here. Read our …

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