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7 Rustic Ryokan-Style Hotels in Kyoto

One of the best ways to experience some of the romantic Old-World charm of Kyoto is to stay in one of the city's many "ryokan." These traditional …

5 Volunteer Travel Options in Europe

Looking for a different way to visit Europe? An unpaid volunteer experience — at a farm or winery or archaeological site — can offer an insider’s view of local culture. Here is a selection.<p><b>1.</b> Les vendanges, the annual <b>French wine harvest</b> that takes place at summer’s end, can be an ideal vacation for …

Wineries

If Your Phone Is So Good, Do You Still Need a 'Real' Camera?

As more people turn to smartphone cameras for their ease of use, social media sharing capabilities, and cooperation with photo editing apps, some amateur photographers are using their phones to elevate their snaps into money-making masterpieces — which begs the question: Are traditional DSLR …

Apple Store

The Psychology of Web Design

Not many business owners waste time on thinking about the psychology of their website design. Typically, they’ll ask that a website is designed to …

4 Japanese laws that surprise most foreigners

Japan has a number of customs that are unfamiliar to the average foreigner.<p>Besides customs though, the country also has several laws that differ from other countries.<p>We took a look at a Reddit thread that asked, "What laws are foreigners most unaware of in Japan?" and did some of our own research …

Japan

Why bisexual women like Amber Heard are more at risk for domestic violence

"Easy Amber."<p>It's what Johnny Depp allegedly scrawled on a mirror with a partially severed finger dipped in blue paint, according to disturbing photo exhibits in Amber Heard's domestic-violence case against her now ex-husband.<p>Depp was allegedly accusing Heard of cheating with actor Billy Bob …

Sexuality

Machine Learning is Fun Part 5: Language Translation with Deep Learning and the Magic of Sequences

<b>Update:</b> <i>This article is part of a series. Check out the full series:</i> <i>Part 1</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 2</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 3</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 4</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 5</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 6</i><i>,</i> <i>Part 7</i> <i>and</i> <i>Part 8</i><i>!</i><p><i>You can also read this</i> …

Machine Learning

12 secret alleys where you can find incredible things

"Alleys are like someone's private diary of the city," says Daniel Toole, a Harvard Graduate School of Design alum who has studied these hidden corridors around the world. Toole's recent book, Tight Urbanism, predicts that as metros grow denser, small spaces like alleys will become increasingly …

Urbanism

8 Amazing Benefits I Realised After Doing Yoga Every Day

For me, practicing yoga has always been a bit like going to church — I don’t always want to go, but I am always glad when I do it. However, recently …

Yoga

Pokemon Go Update Removes Steps for Nearby Pokemon, Lets You Re-Customize Trainer

Bug fixes and other adjustments, too.<p>A new update for Pokemon Go has been released for both iOS and Android.<p>The update, designated version 1.1.0 on …

Pokémon

Photos of the playful sleepy life on Japan's 'Cat Island,' where cats outnumber humans 8 to 1

Just off the coast of Japan there is an island called Aoshima, which is also known as "Cat Island." The tiny fishing village is home to more than 140 cats, which roam around napping, playing, and snagging snacks from residents and tourists. They outnumber humans 8 to 1.<p>The cats were originally …

Pets

The creators of Pokémon Go are hiring somebody to help them fix the servers

Niantic can use the help — as the company scrambles to keep up with the continuing influx of demand, the game's servers have been unreliable since launch, and certain features flat-out aren't working.<p>At the San Diego Comic Con, Niantic CEO John Hanke announced that the company wouldn't be adding …

Pokémon

why japanese denim is the best in the world

New documentary Weaving Shibusa is the story of the craftsmanship behind Japan’s love of denim.<p>It might not have the storied history of its American counterparts, but if you know your denim, you'll know that Japan has a reputation for making the very best in the world. First arriving in the country …

Marlon Brando

I'd Never Been Able To Meditate. Here's What Finally Worked For Me

<i>Is it possible for literally everything to go wrong in one day?</i> I thought to myself as I angrily laced up my sneakers.<p>It was a Tuesday, and I'd slept …

Gyudon (Japanese Simmered Beef and Rice Bowls) Recipe

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>If ramen is like the hamburger of Japan, <i>gyudon</i>—steamed rice topped with beef and onions simmered in sake and soy sauce—is its hot dog: a quick, easy meal that's equally at home at the food court or on your kitchen table.<p>Why It Works<p>A balance of sweet and savory …

Yoga to lower back pain - Yoga Poses - YogaPoses.com ®

Though without the body or senses, the I aham sees, hears, and smells. Though not an agent in the worldly sense, the I alone creates the different …

Your Muscles Will Be on Fire After This 16-Minute Yoga Sequence

Sure, yoga is calming, but it will also give you strong, lean, and amazingly toned muscles. Here's a 16-minute yoga sequence designed to target the entire body, and if you commit to it three times a week, you'll notice a difference in how your muscles look and feel. This is a great yoga sequence …

"25 Potential Culture Shocks from around the World" infographic offers tidbits of travel wisdom

What could be hard about taking a pee in Poland? Where are you likely to see camel racing with robotic jockeys? Answers to these and more below!<p>As …

Yulia Brodskaya Creates Incredible 3D Paper Art Using Quilling Technique

Yulia Brodskaya, an artist and illustrator from Moscow, creates expressive three-dimensional works of art using a quilling technique. She rolls or …

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Hong Kong

This Is How Insanely Big 'Pokémon Go' Is Already

Bigger than Tinder and on its way to smashing Twitter’s “daily active users” ceiling. That’s how nuts this <i>Pokémon</i> <i>Go</i> augmented reality experiment has …

Pokémon

A Huge Studio Ghibli Exhibition Displaying 2,500 Objects Opens In Tokyo

<b>If you are</b> a Studio Ghibli fan, you would be happy to know that a major exhibition of the animation studio’s work has just opened at the Roppongi …

Anime

How to become an expert in reading other people

We'd all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

Body Language

I rode this cute self-driving bus that's coming to Japan next month

DeNA, the Japanese company you might remember as the key collaborator in Nintendo's smartphone efforts, wants to be a player in the transportation game. After announcing initiatives related to self-driving taxis, car-sharing, and parking space-sharing, the company has now detailed plans for an …

Japan

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Gain Muscle Tone With These Yoga Asanas

Yesterday we discussed how yoga can be used for muscle toning, and how the visual results are very different from those of strength training at the …