Category Archives: Asia

Chill Library

Built to improve literacy rates in Bima, Indonesia, this wonderful little library was constructed using recycled plastic boxes from a local ice cream manufacturer. Sponsored by the NGO Pocket for the Poor, the eco-friendly building makes use of natural cross … Continue reading

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Synchronicity

Each year, Thailand’s mangrove forests are flooded by swarms of fireflies. Artists Robin Meier and Andr√© Gwerder took advantage of the insects’ ephemeral lighting to combine nature and technology in a stunning show. Their resulting film, entitled Synchronicity (Thailand) , … Continue reading

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When The Bookstores Are Closed

Singapore bookstore BooksActually has launched the first two of a new series of book vending machines. The machines are located at the Singapore Visitors Centre and the National Museum of Singapore. The book vendors will be rotated every three months … Continue reading

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Where Do languages Go To Die

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China has the best new bookstores

While beloved bookstores are closing all across the United States, remarkable shops are popping up throughout China. This incredible bookstore, designed by XL-MUSE group, is located in the new commercial center of Binjiang District in Hangzhou. photos © Shao Feng

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It’s Museum Day

Tomorrow is actually museum day. In fact May 18th is the 39th International Museum Day. More than 30,000 institutions in 120 countries around the world will be waiving admission fees and welcoming all comers for special events, shows and exhibitions. … Continue reading

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India to NYC

The engaging and moving film Sugarless Tea uses watercolor paintings and stop motion techniques to visualize a very personal story of a journey between rural India and Queens, New York. Created by painter Amanda Selvarajan and her husband filmmaker Sai … Continue reading

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Hop on the Book Train

This past January, the Book Train began regularly scheduled daily runs in Korea’s Gyeonggi-do Province outside of Seoul. One car of each train is lined with book shelves stocked with everything from children’s books and poetry to novels and contemporary … Continue reading

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Train Sounds

Running from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Railway is more than 5,000 miles long. Not many travelers complete a roundtrip on the line, but French electronic musician William Reze (aka Thylacine) spent the entire summer on the route last year … Continue reading

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Tokyo Views

Tokyo 100 Views is a wonderful, whimsical project from Japanese anime artist and illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi. The colorful illustrations take us on a wacky little tour of Tokyo, replete with imps, ghosts, animals, movie monsters, and robots. It’s sort of … Continue reading

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