Tag Archives: Asia

Awa Odori: The Dance of the Fools 4

Awa Odori is a traditional dance festival originating in Tokushima City in 1586, when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa of Awa, the former name of Tokushima prefecture, hosted a celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. “The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up […]






Photowalk: Ginza, Shinbashi, and Akihabara 3

I met up with my friend Esa (aka @esa_raditya) last Sunday for a short photo walk. We walked from Ginza then down to Shinbashi, and hopped onto the Yamanote Line to Akihabara, where I also met Fernando (aka @HelloNavi) for the first time. Also on that day, I met my photo and geek friends Jose […]






Marine Day: Hamaorisai in Chigasaki 3

Hamaorisai is held annually during the Marine Day (Umi-no-hi) in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa. Hamaorisai, which literally means “descend to the beach festival”, is a summer festival in which people take the mikoshi, or the portable Shinto shrine, into the sea. The photos were taken from 4:00 to 7:00 in the morning on the 19th of […]






Tanabata: The Wish Festival 7

Tanabata is a popular celebration in Japan which is, in modern times, held on the the first weekend of July. Also known as wish festival, Tanabata is derived from the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi (七夕 “The Night of Sevens”). It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legend, the Milky […]






Korea — Day 3 Part 1: Deoksugung Palace & Namsangol Hanok Village 1

Day 3. Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces that was inhabited by various Korean royalties until the Japanese occupation of Korea around the turn of the 20th century. — Wikipedia