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Typhooning in Taiwan, Part 1

Before 2012, I had never had a desire to go to Taiwan. I never even thought of Taiwan as a vacation spot. However, when we were looking for a...

Children in traditional attire pour sweet tea onto the Baby Buddha. (Photo by the Japan Buddhist Federation)

The legend behind sweet tea and Baby Buddha

Have you ever seen anyone pouring sweet tea onto a small statue in the garden of a temple in April and wondered why they were doing it?
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A guide paddles by the mouth of the underground river during a tour of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines.

Go underground on a river tour in the Philippines

If you look up, keep your mouth closed.

That is the first and perhaps most crucial piece of advice you will get from guides at one of...

Explore an under-traveled island in 'Land of Smiles'

It’s 10 o’clock in the morning. The breeze is calm, the tide is gentle and the elderly Englishmen nearby have just ordered their first round....

Palma Relaxation Room

There is a new massage place at the Mihama American Village and it is pleasantly clean and affordable with a courteous staff. Their prices are...

Searching for the right shot

For 17 years, no one knew Sharbat Gula’s name. Everyone knew her face, though — the haunting green eyes, olive skin, her apprehension and beauty....

Low cost airlines - PEACH

If you have tried to get around Japan, you may notice that airfare is little expensive, or “spendy” as it’s called in the Pacific Northwest. And...

Islands of Kagoshima

It’s before dawn and I’m groping through a dark forest. As I climb the cedar mountainside, the rain intensifies to a deluge. Here on Yakushima,...

Azalea Festival

This post was originally published on March 14, 2008. Because it's azalea season again, we're pulling it out of the archives for our...

Roller Derby strikes hard in Okinawa

Women’s flat track roller derby has grown on Okinawa over the last two years. Today, the ladies who participate do more than just observe its...

“Serving in the Military: 1901-1945,” a temporary exhibit at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, covers the establishment of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps of World War I and World War II. Photo by Rudi Williams

Memorial sheds light on female military service history

WASHINGTON – Stories about women who masqueraded as men on the battlefield, survived prisoner of war camps, died in combat and other pieces of...

In the protective arms of Grandpa, Kai marvels at the colorful wingspan of a peacock strutting his stuff at Okinawa’s Neo Park. He later chased the bird off the path. (Photo by David Allen)

Neo Park: Spend an animal-filled day of fun at adult-tested, kid-approved

There’s something special about being with a child during his first visit to a zoo, especially a park where the animals mingle with the human...

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