March 27th
22:02
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Capturing the Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

To view more photos and videos of cherry blossoms and hanami parties throughout Japan, browse the #, #花見 and #お花見 hashtags on Instagram.

In Japan, sakura (桜), or cherry blossoms, stand as the symbolic flower of spring and start appearing all over the country as the seasons change. During this season, rows of cherry trees with their pastel-pink crowns transform the country and shower the streets in falling petals. People go out to gardens, streets and parks for hanami (花見), or flower viewing, to appreciate the beauty of the cherry blossoms and the mild weather after the long, cold winter. Often, hanami involves picnicking in the best sakura locations and enjoying food and drinks with friends under cherry trees. The blooming of sakura begins from the south around late March and spreads northward through the beginning of May.

Want to see more photos and videos from some of the most famous sakura locations in Japan? Explore the location pages below:

January 28th
17:47
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The "World's First" Thigh-High Sock Store Opening in Tokyo

dollymacabre:

ohvelveteena:

gamer-gyaru:

This place just landed a spot on my list of stores I must go to

Going here on opening day. Gonna get me some socks.

The only store that matters.

January 23rd
13:13

North Korea Tourist Map - Google Maps

Very nice, has a lot of places outside Pyongyang too.

January 21st
19:10

Vignette Tours

If anyone is interested this place offers abandoned Buffalo tours! They have some weekend trips and longer ones this spring.

October 27th
09:01
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ymasumac:

Peru Of The Incas In Three Days via PAN AMERICAN.

ymasumac:

Peru Of The Incas In Three Days via PAN AMERICAN.

October 12th
12:33

Ossuaries & Charnels | Empire de la Mort

I found this nice list of sites in Europe. I really want to go to the ossuary chapel in Milan.

August 23rd
16:01
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niuniente:

Tashiro-jima (or Tashirojima), 田代島, is a small island in Japan. It has become known as “Cat Island” due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. The cat population is now larger than the human population on the island.

There is a small cat shrine Neko-jinja (猫神社?) in the middle of the island, roughly situated between the two villages. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.

There are at least ten cat shrines in Miyagi Prefecture. There are also 51 stone monuments in the shape of cats.

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I am moving here

May 4th
09:01
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elorablue:

Winter of Japan by R26B on Flickr.
March 25th
17:02
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decoarchitecture:

La Piscine, Roubaix, Franceby aegiandyad
Amazing shot of what looks to be a rather amazing place. Another nice shot (also by aegiandyad) here and background here.
From the photographer:

This La Piscine, a swimming pool in the Roubaix district near Lille which has been converted into an art gallery. Not much art visible here, but this is a good, if unusual view of the galleries fabulous main hall, and it still has a pool in it!

decoarchitecture:

La Piscine, Roubaix, France
by aegiandyad

Amazing shot of what looks to be a rather amazing place. Another nice shot (also by aegiandyad) here and background here.

From the photographer:

This La Piscine, a swimming pool in the Roubaix district near Lille which has been converted into an art gallery. Not much art visible here, but this is a good, if unusual view of the galleries fabulous main hall, and it still has a pool in it!

March 20th
15:43
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couturekitty:

Venice, Italy <3

couturekitty:

Venice, Italy <3

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Japanese Alps on Flickr.

Japanese Alps on Flickr.

January 28th
14:18
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hrtbps:

The Cairo Agricultural Museum was founded in 1930 in the palace of Princess Fatima, in what is now Dokki. With it’s numerous buildings, laboratories, themed halls, botanical gardens, cinema and greenhouses, it must have been quite a complex. Little has changed since it was established including the entrance fee of 10 piastres (around one cent). 

The museum has fallen into disrepair and many sections are now closed, although the caretaker will take you behind the scenes for a small tip. Highlights include the bread museum, a room of wax models of typical meals of Egypt, a large selection of preserved animals, digestion displays including an inflated cows stomach, and the museum of disease and health. Most of the exhibits date from the 1930s and include exquisite wax models, hand drawn posters and curious taxonomy. 

Lack of investment and minimum wages have not helped. A small tip is demanded to see the stuffed Lion, his legs broken from being dragged across the floor and various exhibits are damaged or missing. The Mathaf Al-Zira’ee is a museum that should be in a museum, who knows how long it will be until it goes the way of Cairo’s other lost museums? See it while you can. [x]

January 25th
12:02
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January 21st
21:42
Boulders Beach on Flickr.

Boulders Beach on Flickr.