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The Okinawan indigo dyeing process is slow and meticulous at Ai Kaze in Nago, Japan. (JESSICA BIDWELL/STARS AND STRIPE)
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Okinawa factory offers visitors a chance to turn objects indigo blue

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January 21, 2017

Curiosity kept my foot on the gas pedal as I ventured toward Ai Kaze, a dye factory in Nago, Okinawa, that offers visitors a chance to turn fabric into lovely shades of blue...

A paddleboarder heads out with his dog at Waikiki Beach. (Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times/TNS)

Waikiki offers fun for young and old(er)

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January 21, 2017

If you consider yourself a traveler rather than a tourist, you might tend to avoid Waikiki Beach. It’s too commercial. Overcrowded. Too much of a South Seas cliche.

The unique Fukusai-ji Temple: Photos courtesy of Jemma KingThe unique Fukusai-ji Temple

Fukusai-ji Temple: Remarkable, with history at its core

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January 19, 2017

Hidden behind high rise buildings and 9 minutes walk from Nagasaki Station is one of the most unique temples I have come across during my travels in Japan.

A local experience in rural Kyrgyzstan

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January 17, 2017

Time stops.  No.  It stopped a long time ago here.  As if clocks simply had no more reason to tick.

The first and last: Japan’s Yawata Steel Works a WWII target

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January 20, 2017

Many places in Japan suffered repeat bombings in World War II, but only one had the dubious distinction of being the first, and among the last, hit by B-29s.

Sculpted beauty at Sapporo Snow Festival

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January 20, 2017

Hundreds of gigantic, eye-catching castles, shrines, Disney characters and Darth Vader of Star Wars will be shining February in the winter sunlight in Sapporo, the capital of...