Planko Parlors, Billikens, and Bowls of Ramen: Osaka Japan

Our flight landing in Osaka, Japan was nerve rattling. I watched the shimmer of the water reflect the intermittent flashes from our plane‚Äôs lit wing tips. At any moment I thought the wheels would touch water to a disastrous end. On the edge of my seat, I saw a strip of land appear just below … Continue reading Planko Parlors, Billikens, and Bowls of Ramen: Osaka Japan

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Taipei, Taiwan: Night Markets and the Lunar New Year

Taiwan is an island country/state. At best, its existence in the international community can be described as politically ambiguous and in indefinite limbo. During the Chinese Civil War between 1927 and 1949, the 'Republic of China' withdrew from the mainland, retreating to current day Taiwan, while the Communist Party of China took control of mainland … Continue reading Taipei, Taiwan: Night Markets and the Lunar New Year