Category Archives: Asia

“I Love You, Japan!”

Back in Istanbul after spending several days in towns near Syrian border on assignment. Throughout this trip, I was reminded how much respect people still have toward Japanese. People were quite happy and excited to find out that I’m from Japan and I even got “I love you, Japan!” remark at a police check point. […]

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My first trip to China

While China has been in the center of business news with its falling stock market and yuan, I had an opportunity to spend several days in Beijing, the capital of this Asian giant. Although China is a neighboring country for Japan, somehow I’d never had a chance to visit before. Prior to my departure, I […]

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Hidden agenda behind Yoga Day?

This Sunday is ‘International Yoga Day’. Not many people may know about this because the day was just established this year for the first time as result of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal at the United Nations. Despite the brand-new status, it’s reported that 177 countries will be celebrating it in various way and […]

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The world’s largest animal sacrifice

Gadhimai festival is held every five years at a Hindu temple in Bariyapur, a rural village in southern Nepal, located about 20km from the Indian border. Hundreds of thousands well wishers visit the temple during the month-long festival to pray to Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power. I visited the festival during the busiest days […]

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The Spread of ISIS threat

Recruitment of radical militant Islamic group, ISIS, has been spreading out all over the world. In Japan last month, a university student was investigated as he tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS. It’s said that thousands have already joined the ISIS from outside, including western countries, to fight. India, which is home to […]

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