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Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Even among experienced travelers, the ‘stans (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) are unknown territory. They have little cultural penetration in the west, so while many of us can close our eyes and envision Bangkok, Tokyo or Singapore, we can’t necessarily do the same for Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan. Besides the normal concerns […]

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

When we close our eyes and envisage Japan, what springs to mind? The bustling Harajuku district of Tokyo? Shinto shrines and bamboo forests? Perhaps delicately prepared sushi, or the majestic outline of Mount Fuji. It is likely though, that the customs of this fascinating culture remain something of a mystery to most travelers. Japan is […]

Music and Dance in Indonesia

Music and Dance in Indonesia

Venture into beautiful Indonesia to discover its very heart and soul. A country of long and fascinating history, diverse cultures and rich traditions, Indonesia’s visual arts play an integral role in day-to-day life and special occasions. Beside the stunning beaches and perfect surf and beyond the workshops of wood-carving, batik-painting and jewelry-making experts, delve a […]