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Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their stories (with photos) of Asian encounters and insights.
Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their […]Continue Reading →
On September 5, 2015 By johneinarsen
Tibetan Butter Tea and Pink Gin:
Life in Old Darjeeling
Extended version from KJ 83 by ANN TASHI SLATER
n November 30, 2004, the Himalayan moon setting over Darjeeling town and the snowy peaks of the Kanchenjunga range, my Tibetan grandmother died. According to the Western […]Continue Reading →
On February 16, 2015 By johneinarsen
Manshin is a title of respect identifying a mudang, a female Korean shaman. For centuries manshin had been openly persecuted, their practices disrupted and shrines destroyed, their artistry desecrated to entertainment. The prevailing religious and social order forced the practice of shamanism “underground”. That one of Korea’s most acclaimed artists became a mudang has had impact in Korea as well as globally.
BY Lauren W. Deutsch, Contributing EditorContinue Reading →
by Lauren W. Deutsch
How does one casually “visit” such an area as a tourist? Should I be afraid of potential for armed attack? Is there a protocol of safe, reverential behavior? Isn’t it more a place of pilgrimage? I had 50 kilometers in Seoul traffic to think about it.Continue Reading →
BY BRIAN RUGEN
I had just cycled over seven hours through Mie Prefecture and was now stuck on this deserted mountain road somewhere in the Kasagi Mountains, approximately 10 kilometers northeast of Nara city, searching for a campsite I had circled in my Kansai Mappuru guidebook when planning the trip from home weeks before. I thought of home now back in Kanagawa, and my wife Rui, who would be sitting at the table eating dinner at about this time. Make sure you take pictures of the deer in Nara, she would remind me every evening.Continue Reading →