Category Archives: Asia

The Art of Shinkansen

Who doesn’t love an anime inspired gif ? The Central Japan Railway (JR Central) has commissioned a series of fifteen fun gifs by Japanese and international artists and animators to celebrate the world famous bullet train. The Art of Shinkansen project illustrates … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism Beijing

Chinese bookstore chain Xinhua has opened the nation’s first employee-less, 24-hour bookstore, in Tongzhou, a district in southeast Beijing, and plans to open another 19 similar stores in the city before the end of the year. The bookshops, which are … Continue reading

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Travelers, Bibliophiles and Digital Nomads Welcome

The Japanese bookstore and retail electronics chain Tsutaya recently opened an innovative concept store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku District. The six-story Tsutay Book Apartment includes co-working spaces, a bookshop, short stay accommodations, a Starbucks, quiet lounges, a sake bar, a convenience … Continue reading

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Gulliver’s Travels

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March of the Penguins

Paper penguin sculptures have been popping-up in cities around the world to raise awareness about protecting Antarctica from exploitation. The penguins were created by German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer for the new Greenpeace campaign titled March of the Penguins. The sculptures have been … Continue reading

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My Kind of Recycling

During the last eight months, the trash collectors in the Çankaya District of Ankara, Turkey have rescued more than 5,000 books from the garbage. Thanks to their diligence, a lending library has been created in the townhall. The library is open … Continue reading

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What’s Your Endonym

An endonym is the name of a country, region, or geographic area as it’s known by the people who live there. These names may legally designated by a government or just commonly used terms. The clever endonym map of the … Continue reading

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Library Tourism

Starfield COEX Mall is one of Asia’s largest underground malls. Located near the Samsung Metro station in Seoul and adjacent to the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, it also features an amazing two-story library. With forty -foot tall bookshelves and … Continue reading

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Tourist Scams

If you haven’t been the target of a tourist scam, you probably haven’t been paying attention. Whether you’re visiting New York City or Rome, you are likely to be targeted by con artists and thieves. The helpful infographic below covers … Continue reading

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Coffee Makes The World Go Round

Folks who know me will vouch for my life-long love of coffee. For the most part, I’m a coffee purist; I tend to stick with simple and direct caffeine delivery systems. Give me a doppio espresso, a Red-Eye, or just … Continue reading

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