Okawachiyama Village and the Furin Wind Bell Festival

The beautiful, relaxing sounds of small bells chiming softly in the wind is the soundtrack to Okawachiyama’s lovely Festival of Wind Bells. These small bells, with paper attachments swirling in the wind are called furin, and are synonymous with summertime in Japan. In this historic village in Saga prefecture, also known as the ‘Village of … More Okawachiyama Village and the Furin Wind Bell Festival

Meet Finland’s Weirdest Sport – The Wife Carrying World Championships

Every year in the Finnish town of Sonkajärvi, one of the world’s weirdest sporting competitions take place – the Wife Carrying World Championships (known locally as eukonkanto). It’s exactly what it sounds like, with male competitors carrying their wives across an outdoor obstacle course of sand and water. With an amazing grand prize for the … More Meet Finland’s Weirdest Sport – The Wife Carrying World Championships

How Sri Lanka’s Man-Made Reservoirs Created Elephant Migration Areas in Minneriya

Minneriya National Park in central Sri Lanka is known for its amazing seasonal congregation of elephants. Around September and October, up to 300 elephants migrate to the park and congregate around Minneriya Lake. However, this watering hole which serves as the elephants’ main food and water source isn’t natural, and is actually an ancient man-made … More How Sri Lanka’s Man-Made Reservoirs Created Elephant Migration Areas in Minneriya

Maputo Central Train Station – Is This Africa’s Most Beautiful Station?

One of the most iconic buildings in Mozambique’s capital is the Beaux-Arts style Maputo Central Train Station. Known for its beautiful facade and grand central some, the eye-catching station design is sometimes incorrectly credited to Gustav Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower. The station has a museum with historic trains on display, and was even … More Maputo Central Train Station – Is This Africa’s Most Beautiful Station?

Water Jousting in Séte – France’s Medieval Sport Tradition

In the south of France, there is an unusual traditional sport that comes along once a year. Water jousting (joutes nautiqes) is just like horse jousting, but is played between two rival boats that row towards each other. Water jousting is a major event in some French towns, most famously in the port town of … More Water Jousting in Séte – France’s Medieval Sport Tradition

Cremona Violins – Visiting The Master Instrument Craftsmen Of Italy

Cremona, located in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, is known as the home of hand-made violin workshops, called botteghe. A historic city of 70,000 people, violins from Cremona are considered some of the most exquisite musical instruments in the world. For centuries, the city has been a city of luthiers (stringed instrument makers), practising … More Cremona Violins – Visiting The Master Instrument Craftsmen Of Italy

Amazing Train Designs in Japan – Special Edition Shinkansens and Intercity Trains

Japan’s rail system is known for its great organisation and punctuality, from 300km/h bullet trains to rapid subway systems to charming little local trains. Japan is also famous for its cute cartoon characters and anime, everything from Pokemon to Hello Kitty to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Sometimes, for special occasions, the two come together for one-off … More Amazing Train Designs in Japan – Special Edition Shinkansens and Intercity Trains

Japan’s Squid Celebration – Hakodate Annual Port Festival

Every August, the Japanese city of Hakodate celebrates the humble squid with an annual squid festival. That’s right, an entire festival to honour the tentacled cephalopods of the region! The city of Hakodate is located on a southern outcrop of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. Presided over by the dominating Mount Hakodate, the city is perhaps … More Japan’s Squid Celebration – Hakodate Annual Port Festival

Tokyo’s Whale Celebration – Akishima Citizen Whale Festival

Akishima is a city in the west of the greater Tokyo metropolis. Every year, the Akishima Citizen Whale Festival celebrates one of their local symbols, the Akishima whale. But what does a city 50km from the coast have to do with whales? The Akishima Whale Fossil In 1961, a prehistoric whale fossil was discovered by … More Tokyo’s Whale Celebration – Akishima Citizen Whale Festival

The Most Impressive Astronomical Clocks From Around The World

Astronomical clocks are not just regular clocks. These elaborate and enormous timepieces display astronomical information such as the time, date, positions of the sun and moon, tides, lunar phases, and even zodiac signs. They’re also works of art and engineering masterpieces, first coming to widespread prominence in medieval European cities. Proudly displayed in public spaces, … More The Most Impressive Astronomical Clocks From Around The World