The Fighting Shrines Of Japan’s Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival

Every year in the Japanese city of Imari, a great fighting festival takes place that is known for its colourful costumes, decorative shrines, and occasional hospitalisations. Running across 3 days, the Ton-Ten-Ton festival is known for its great clashes between wooden shrines, as shrine bearers search the streets for their rivals and crash into each … More The Fighting Shrines Of Japan’s Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival

Amsterdamse Poort – Haarlem’s Last Surviving City Gate

The Dutch city of Haarlem, capital of the North Holland province, is a historic city filled with reminders of its medieval and Dutch Golden Age Roots. Its grand Gothic cathedral, the St. Bavokerk, is the centrepiece of the city, and the windmill Molen de Adriaan and the Haarlem Cathedral are also impressive buildings of the … More Amsterdamse Poort – Haarlem’s Last Surviving City Gate

Visiting The Extraordinary Naruto Whirlpools in Japan

The Naruto Whirlpools are swirling vortices of water that form as the Pacific Ocean rushes in to meet the Seto Inland Sea. The natural phenomenon is located where the Japanese home island of Shikoku is separated from the island of Awaji via the Naruto Strait. The whirlpools have become a symbol of Naruto City, with … More Visiting The Extraordinary Naruto Whirlpools in Japan

Exploring The Pointed Houses Of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama – Japan’s Historic UNESCO Villages

Hidden in the mountains of the Japanese island of Honshu are the picturesque areas of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama. The regions are home to charming traditional houses, known for their steep thatched roofs that peek up from the landscape like little triangles. These villages of thatched-roof houses, designated as UNESCO World heritage sites, are examples of … More Exploring The Pointed Houses Of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama – Japan’s Historic UNESCO Villages

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