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Top 10 Most Stunning Libraries (In the World)

Whether you like to hibernate in a corner with your favourite reads or scour shelves searching for new knowledge – libraries can transport you to another world. Despite the modern emergence of digital over print, libraries retain their aura of significance and continue to be places of happiness and comfort for many people. Top 10 …

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7 Great Books to Read Before Visiting Cambodia

Visiting Cambodia, like many Southeast Asian countries involves storytelling traditions dating back centuries. However, much of it was rarely written down, passed instead through oral tradition. Most of the literary works written down in Khmer were owned and controlled by the Royal families, or the Buddhist monks. Despite these long literary traditions, the Khmer literature …

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In Tokyo: The World’s Largest (And Smallest) Bookstores

Tokyo is full of quirks. That might, in fact, be the most obvious and understated thing we’ve ever said. Did you know Tokyo holds the world’s biggest and smallest bookstores? Get ready to explore Tokyo’s most interesting bookstores. While it might be a land of salarymen being driven to karoshi — death by overwork — …

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5 Magical Kanazawa Onsen You Must Experience

Kanazawa is one of the great historic cities of Japan: a place near the coast, not too far from Tokyo, which embodies the image so many of us have in our heads of that Heian Period Japan. Kanazawa provides world of Shinto shrines, torii gates, and open-air onsen. And the Kanazawa onsen are certainly one …

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Health and Wellness Escapes in South Korea

East Asian culture — as a broad scope — has been synonymous with health and wellness for centuries, from Thai massage to Japanese onsen. But South Korea, in particular, has its own vast wealth of places where those looking to unwind, relax, and soothe their aching bodies or minds can go to escape it all. …

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A Culinary Guide to South Korea (+ Jeju Island)

If there’s one country’s food that has taken off on a global scale this past decade, it’s Korean food. Second only to kpop music, the cuisine of South Korea is one of the nation’s biggest draws, and rightly so. Korean food is varied, indulgent, experimental, and exciting. And when you visit South Korea, what to …

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5 Magical Things to Do in Kanazawa (All Seasons)

Your search for the best things to do in Kanazawa ends here. Kanazawa was established in the early 19th century predominantly as an entertainment district for aristocrats and merchants and while much as been urbanised, there’s still plenty of charm and traditional architecture to be found. This post is more than just a list of …

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10 Spectacular Things to Do in Taipei (and Beyond)

As world travellers, we perhaps shouldn’t be too biased. One thing you learn when travelling the globe is that no country is perfect; every country has its beauty and its problems. However, we can’t lie and say we don’t have a favourite country in the world, and that country is Taiwan. Here are the best …

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5 Amazing Shibuya Ramen Joints (Worth the Hype)

All the famous Japanese ramen franchises have a Shibuya store – Oreyu, Ippudo, Ichiran, Menya Musashi, Afuri, and just a cornucopia of deliciousness. While you can find these great ramens elsewhere too, here are some more or less one-of-a-kind Shibuya ramen joints to both satisfy your ramen hunger and thirst for new experiences. 5 Unique …

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8 Most Effective Ways to Learn Hiragana and Katakana

Learning Japanese presents a unique issue for most students. Unlike learning another language which also relies on the Roman alphabet (French, German, Spanish etc), Japanese requires you to learn the spoken language, as well as three separate alphabets. Fortunately, two of these three alphabets — hiragana and katakana — can be mastered in an afternoon, …

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