In Toba Japan, the famous Ama divers are women who have practiced the art of diving for abalone, sea urchin, turban shells, sea cucumber, once for pearls.
Cultures & Festivals
Visiting the Chin people, famous for their tattooed women, in the rural countryside of Burma, and observing their animistic rituals like animal sacrifices.
In the southern state of Kerala, India, the Pulikali, or Tiger Dance involves body paint, a procession, and loud music. It’s a wild festival you should see!
2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love. Here are some stops in San Francisco worth seeing pertaining to the festival’s history.
You can find monkeys, turtles, guinea pigs, alligator, parrots, your choice alive or dead at the Belen market in Peru.
Barbaig Nomads of Tanzania, who create arrows and artwork from discarded scrap metal that they melt down to reuse. Visiting the tribe in their village.
Cerkno, Slovenia, A Carnival of Characters. A visit to the Laufarija (The Run), an event every February celebrating Carnival and bringing out special masks.
The Pushkar Camel Fair near the village of Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan is a dusty affair, with men checking out the camels and fair food.
In Great Rift Valley of Tanzania, meeting the Iraqw people who have practiced innovative farming techniques and use cow dung to create methane for cooking.
A visit to the Naadam festival in Mongolia, with exciting horse races, archery competitions and experiencing the fierce Gobi desert, sleeping in Gers.
In 2016, a visit to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea shows that cellphones have become ubiquitous and the country is fast becoming more modern.
The Infiorata is an ancient ceremony in Spello Italy– streets are decorated with flowers, parts of flowers and petals, forming wide and colorful carpets.
Ten tips for western travelers who are going to Tokyo for the first time…bowing, presenting yourself, how to drink tea, slurp noodles and more.
In Vientiane, Laos, James Dorsey describes the important cultural tradition of Tak-Bat, or giving daily alms to monks who must not handle money after 12 pm.
Saudi Arabia is a destination that few travelers will ever see, as tourist visas are not common. Madain Salih,The Lost City of Qaryat Al Fau are remarkable.
Visiting Northern Malawi during the rainy season makes travel treacherous, but yields some unforeseen benefits, Brittany Caumette discovers.
A horsepack adventure through Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, separating Tajikistan from Pakistan in the country’s far north. High altitude camping, hiking.
Cape Cod Massachusetts is a fabled summer destination, but if you visit events like the Wellfleet Oyster Festival in the Fall, fewer crowds will greet you.