A Tribute to Jin Yong

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Jin Yong Gallery
I was so fortunate to be able to visit Jin Yong Gallery in Hong Kong last year. I have been a fan of Jin Yong's novels since I was young. His works have been translated into many languages including English, French, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Malay and Indonesian. He has many fans outside of Chinese-speaking areas, as a...

Learn How To Enjoy A Japanese Ryokan with Hot Springs

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A complete town famous for the Ryokan (Japanese style hotels that includes Onsen service). The Wakura-onsen Hot Spring is known as one of the best high-class hot spring resorts in Japan and as the “ocean’s hot spring.” It is located in Nanao City of Ishikawa, at the central part of the Noto-hanto Peninsula sticking into the Sea of Japan...

10,000 Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong

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The Monastery of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Shatin
The Monastery of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Are there really 10,000 Buddhas at this Monastery? Surely such a thing isn’t possible?” Well, I discovered it is possible. Here’s a little history lesson about the Monastery: Built in 1957 by Reverend Yuet Kai and his disciples, the Monastery of Ten Thousand Buddhas took eight years to complete. It took...

Pokémon Café New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Menu in Tokyo

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Pokémon Cafe
In honor of the release of the Detective Pikachu movie, the Pokémon Café in Tokyo will be releasing a special menu set based on the film. The Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi is a casual dining place with 'mon-themed menu items and a shop full of cute goods. On a regular day you can order Bulbasaur...

Marvelous Pink World: Shibazakura Park

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Shibazakura
Japan is filled with many flower seasons throughout spring and summer. The shibazakura blossom (Pink Moss Phloxes) comes shortly after the cherry blossom sakura season and is usually in full bloom from end-May to mid-June. There are some places which are only famous for this beautiful flower are Takinoue Shibazakura Park, Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, and Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park are the most valued flower...

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Taiwan Now Has Matcha Latte and Dessert

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KFC Taiwan
Kyoto Matcha Portuguese Egg Tart NT$38 (approx. US$1.25) The fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Taiwan announced three new Japanese products, including Osaka Crisp Chicken, and a Matcha series from Kyoto. Matcha fans can't miss that. Kyoto Matcha Latte Coffee NT$75 (approx. US$2.5)

Dream Vacation for Happy Hello Kitty Fans

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Hotel Okinawa with Sanrio Characters
Hotel Okinawa with Sanrio Characters was officially opened on September 14th. The hotel is conveniently located in Naha, the most popular shopping street in Naha. The exterior of the hotel is themed with Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty, Egg Yolk, Little Twin Stars, etc.

The peaceful place in Hong Kong: Tsz Shan Monastery

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Tsz Shan Monastery (Chinese: 慈山寺) is a large Buddhist temple located in Tung Tsz, Tai Po District, Hong Kong. As a Chinese Buddhist monastery established for the inheritance of the teaching of the Buddha, Tsz Shan Monastery is a sanctuary for the purpose of spiritual purification, and endeavours to open the door to compassion and wisdom for the public...

The Japanese Sword Museum 刀剣博物館

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The Japanese Sword (Token) Museum specializes in Japanese swords. Since the introduction of sword-making techniques from the Asian Continent, Japanese swords have been improved throughout Japans long history of warfare. They were not only traditional weapons but also sometimes regarded as an object of faith or a symbol of power. The Japanese Sword Museum collects and preserves 152 items, including swords such as the ones designated as National Treasures...

World’s tallest Christmas tree in Sri Lanka

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The tree, intended to be 73 m (238 ft) tall in the capital Colombo. Making a Guinness World Record.  The tree's steel-and-wire frame is covered with a plastic net decorated with more than 1 million natural pine cones painted red, gold, green and silver, 600,000 LED bulbs and topped by a 6-meter (20-foot)-tall shining star. The tree costs $80,000 and...
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