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The eerie grave of 200,000 monks

Adam H Graham takes a spiritual retreat to one of Koya-san’s 54 shukubo: inns where guests are encouraged to meditate, commune and eat vegetarian cuisine with the monks or nuns.<p>It was dusk when we entered the cemetery. A stone path, faintly lit with lanterns, snaked under the towering hemlock and …

Japan

An epic dinner party quest in Lima

No matter what language you speak or where you come from, sharing a meal with friends is the best way to spend an evening.<p>No matter what language you speak or where you come from, sharing a meal with friends is the best way to spend an evening.<p>The series RSVP Abroad drops our host in a foreign city …

Lima

105-year-old artist is winning fans across the world

Creative passion is perhaps the secret to a long life.<p>Aboriginal artist Loongkoonan is proving that age is just a number by creating award-winning …

The world’s smallest kingdom

When he’s not fishing for squid or gardening outside his squat bungalow, the king of Tavolara lords over this tiny island’s 11 part-time residents and 100 nimble mountain goats.<p>Just south of Sardinia's world-famous Costa Smeralda, the lonely island of Tavolara rises wildly from the cerulean sea …

Italy

The city of 187 different countries

Home to more international organisations than any other place in the world, Geneva has a decidedly global feel, with more than 40% of residents coming from outside Switzerland.<p>A haven for expats and loved by locals, Geneva attracts people from around the world for its economic opportunity, lakeside …

European Travel

The dark side of the city

In this extract from her new book, The Lonely City, Olivia Laing explains why Edward Hopper’s urban scenes so expertly capture the experience of loneliness.<p>What is it about Hopper? Every once in a while an artist comes along who articulates an experience, not necessarily consciously or willingly, …

Edward Hopper

The holy grail of ramen dishes

While Tokyo has Japan’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, the noodle consistently voted as the nation’s most delicious comes from a tiny, family-run shop in Wakayama City.<p>I watched without blinking as a row of six hands performed a bullet-fast dance: a splash of soy sauce, a shower of …

Japan

Highs on the Huemul circuit: Patagonia's lesser-known trek

Torres del Paine's 'W' circuit is often touted as Patagonia's must-do trek, but there is a rising star in a far more remote pocket of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – the four-day Huemul circuit. We took to the glacial wilderness here and had the trail pretty much to ourselves.<p>The little town of El …

Vienna Is the World's Best City to Live In

Vienna is the world’s best city to live in, a new study has found.<p>The capital of Austria boasts the best quality of life for residents in terms of …

State of wonder: where to find Oregon's best landscapes

Oregon is a natural stunner. The state's glorious coastline alternates between rugged cliffs accented with stone sentinels just offshore to miles-long sandy beaches perfect for a relaxing stroll. Inland, landscapes vary from craggy gorges to coniferous forests to salty playas. Then there are the …

Traveling artist paints breathtaking scenes in her Moleskine journals

American artist Missy Dunaway has found an unconventional canvas on which to creatively document her two years of travel.<p>For nine years, Dunaway has …

Exploring Tokyo

I resist playing video games as I know with my personality I will become obsessive about the game and spend far too much time on it. I have been …

Employment

Reinstated

I have had a lot going on lately. Wow it’s been almost a month! I think this was the longest I haven’t posted on ShootTokyo but life sometimes goes …

Japan

Living in: Places seeking freedom

Residents from Barcelona, Edinburgh, Nuuk, Montreal and Taipei share what’s it like living in a city that’s fiercely independent.<p>At various moments in time, cultural, language and political differences have led residents of a destination to seek independence from their ruling governments. Most …

Scotland

Snowy New York City

I had a short business trip to New York City last week. It was my first business trip in about 5 months. The East Coast of the United States was hit …

New York City