Category Archives: Asia

The Biblia Antiquarian Bookshop Case Files

h/t to follower Akira O for the link to this video series Based on the bestselling novels by En Mikami, “The Biblia Antiquarian Bookshop Case Files” (Biburia Koshodo no jiken techo) is a popular Japanese television series that features Shioriko, … Continue reading

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A Really Long Train Ride

I love a long train ride, but I don’t know if I’m up for the Trans-Mongolian/Trans-Siberian Railway trip from Beijing to Irkusk. Maybe I’ll just settle for this very condensed version of the 4,500 mile journey below.

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They Had Me At Konnichiwa

I love a wacky tourism campaign and this new series created to entice Japanese tourists to Israel is just bizarre and quirky enough to get some attention. “Israel, Like!” is an anime series that follows sisters Saki and Noriko as … Continue reading

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Chocolate Makes The World Go Round

  h/t to Love Home Swap for their infographic

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Eye Know

Filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo turned a conventional time-lapse journey through Tokyo at night into a mind-bending psychedelic trip. The vivid soundtrack is by Ayako Taniguchi.

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The Reverse Selfie

Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev took these fantastic “reverse selfie’ shots while camping in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan. I love the way that he framed each shot with the tent opening and his legs. Maybe this reverse selfie trend will … Continue reading

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Murakami’s Tokyo

Regular visitors to TBTP are probably familiar with my fervent enthusiasm for the writings of Haruki Murakami. This month marked the much anticipated release of the English translation of his latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I … Continue reading

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But What’s Second Best

You may not know the primary language spoken in a country that you’re visiting, but maybe you have a working knowledge of the most important second language spoken. Movehub has created this fascinating infographic highlighting the second most common language … Continue reading

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Almost Convincing

Rob Whitworth and JT Singh were commissioned by a state-run tourism agency to produce this fascinating time-lapse video of Pyongyang. Of course they were closely chaperoned during shooting and much of the city was off-limits for their cameras. Still, it’s … Continue reading

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Celebrating India

Ranganath Krishnamani is a very talented artist/design/illustrator based in Bangalore, India. His new series of travel posters and postcards of iconic Indian landmarks has a marvelous early 20th century aesthetic that wouldn’t be out of place in a Wes Anderson … Continue reading

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