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Flour Power

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An unexpected visitation in the 16th Century by Portuguese sailors blown off course by the weather kicked off a craze for baking in Japan that endures to this day.

Curated Connections

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It’s one of the island’s most exclusive properties, but Cappella Ubud is forging links with Balinese communities and culture via immersive guest experiences like Keliki miniature painting classes and herbal medicine making.

Funny Business

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Japan’s Manzai school of double-act comedy may date back for millennia, but it remains hugely popular with audiences across the country.

To Be Precise

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Japan’s array of classical gardens showcases the country’s penchant for considered minimalism at a glorious zenith.

Light and Shade

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Sharp-fanged and sword-wielding, Fudo Myoo inspires Japan’s feared Yakuza. Yet the deity is also worshipped by Buddhists worldwide.

Cosmic Compositions

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Attending a class in Kathmandu, Ronan O’Connell is mesmerized by the ancient, meditative powers of Thangka art: the medium and the message for Buddhists across the Himalayas.

Writings on the Walls

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Deep in the jungles of Krabi and only accessible via boat lies Phi Hua cave, home to Thailand’s most extensive collection of ancient rock art. Words and pictures by Ronan O’Connell.

Tal tales

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Ancient folk traditions such as talchum — a mask dance drama — belie South Korea’s reputation for tech-obsessed modernity

Fabulous Fortresses

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Visitors can find compelling insight into Vietnam’s colorful history at majestic ruined citadels throughout the nation.

Jagalchi: Busan’s fresh catch obsession

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Up to half of South Korea’s seafood moves through Jagalchi Fish Market, a sprawling open-air bazaar in Busan.

Hwaseong: The Incredible Story Behind a Korean Fortress

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Well off the country’s tourist trail, Hwaseong Fortress hides an extraordinary tale of intrigue and imperial ambition.

Laos Silk Weaving Up Close

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Lao people have been weaving these colorful threads for more than 1,000 years with silk made from mulberry leaf-fed silk worms.