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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

How Giving Up Sugar and Gluten Changed My Life

“Francesca looks like she could use a snack," my husband said, staring fixedly at my chin with a sly smirk. The fact that my blemish had a …

The 6 Life Lessons I Learned From a Solo Road Trip

Embed from Getty Images<p>It was August of 2013 and I had just turned 24. I was working fulltime on the women's apparel team at Target Corporate in downtown Minneapolis and living the city life in my adorable little apartment in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota. I could walk to cute little coffee …

After New Hampshire, Donald Trump + Bernie Sanders = Michael Bloomberg For President

The Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders landslide victory in the New Hampshire primary — Trump winning with a decisive 35% plurality, Sanders by a towering 60% majority — could pave the way, next month, for former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to enter the presidential race as a third party candidate.<p>If …

Middle-class

6 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life, From Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld

On a recent Saturday in Brooklyn, Sarah Neufeld stood quietly in a light-filled studio, her arms and legs spread into a Warrior pose. Neufeld, the indie-rock violinist of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre fame, had just arrived at the new Williamsburg studio of Modo Yoga—the practice she cofounded in …

Why (Some) Women Love Strap-Ons

Last week, I found myself at Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles, eating a gluten-free scone and fuming about gender, as one does in 2016. On the receiving end of my rant was my friend “Lori,” a 23-year-old MFA student studying queer theory. I was saying something like, “Sure, it’s cool that we live in …

Broad City

10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Wine

Too often, when we sit down for dinner at a great restaurant, the server hands the wine list to the man and expects him to make all the decisions about drinking. Fortunately, that’s changing—now, sommeliers are increasingly female, and it’s common practice to pour a taste of a bottle for both the …

Wine

'No dying allowed': elderly in Italian medieval village ordered to defy death

Sellia's mayor is determined not only to keep inhabitants upright but also to attract new residents and tourists to the area<p>The Grim Reaper has got his work cut out in Sellia in southern Italy, thanks to a decree ordering the village's elderly and dwindling population to stay in good shape.<p>There …

Italy

10 Diet Trend Predictions for 2016

We'll be kicking our sugar habit, snacking on seaweed and "Netflix and cooking" in the new year.<p>Make one of your New Year's resolutions to erase the phrase "I'm on a diet" from your repertoire. Those in the know offered their predictions for the future of food and nowhere is the word 'deprivation;' …

6 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Cleanser for Micellar Water

French women are known and envied for their beauty <i>je ne sais quoi.</i> Just take a look at their effortless, lived-in hair, flawless complexions, and …

The Things that Matter Most

<i>Original post from Nick’s blog.</i><p><b>Looking Back on Life</b><p>So it’s that time of year again when I look at my life and all of the things that I’ve …

I Travel Therefore I Am

I was three or four years old the first time I visited Disney World and rode "It's a Small World." I remember sitting inside the small boat utterly mesmerized as it slowly rode past hundreds of painted animatronic dolls representing children from all over the world, each dressed in traditional …

Exploring TWA's Abandoned Terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International

A survey of former jet-age glory.<p>When you first step out of the terminal at John F. Kennedy International in New York City, one of your first impressions of the city is also one of its most solemn icons: the former Trans World Airlines Flight Center. Legendary Finnish-American architect Eero …

Street Photography

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

Animation

Where They Wrote: The Homes Of 20 Beloved Authors

See the houses that provided solace (and undoubtedly, inspiration) for some of history's greatest literary talents.<p>From Edgar Allan Poe's charming cottage to the opulent manse where F. Scott Fitzgerald first drafted "The Great Gatsby," take a look at the places that inspired some of the best books …

Reformation Solves a "Big Boob Problem" with This Collection

Big boob problems are a thing, and Reformation knows this all too well. In a press release, the Los Angeles-based cult-favorite retailer listed a few …

The 7 Most Elegant Hostesses In Literature

Because today's parties just aren't like Mrs. Dalloway's.<p>No parties in your datebook this weekend? Live vicariously through a party from one of literature's finest hostesses—and take notes for your next bash.

The Most Popular Flowers For Each Month Of Summer

These are the beautiful blooms you'll be seeing all season long.<p>Christine Noelle, BloomNation florist and owner/creative director of Chicago's Dilly Lily, opens up about the blooms people just love to see in their bouquets during warm-weather season.

13 Mother's Day Gifts for Book Lovers

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37 Tragically Mispronounced Pop Culture Things

Prabal, jicama, HAIM.<p>Okay, so maybe John Travolta didn't so much "mispronounce" Idina Menzel's name as he said an entirely <i>different</i> name, but we can't really judge him that much when there are so many words (fashion designers, indie bands, GOOP-y foods) we here at ELLE.com mumble through because …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best of GQ<p>What Artur Samarin pulled off at a school in small-town Pennsylvania is one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.<p>By Daniel Riley10 hours …

Lifestyle

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

9 Giant Lego Animals

You can jazz up your garden in lots of ways: A bench; a tasteful birdbath; a storm-resistant lawn gnome.<br>Or a bison that’s the size of an NBA player and is made of 45,143 Legos.<p>Artist Sean Kenney’s solo exhibition, <i>Nature Connects</i>, is touring botanical gardens and zoos all over the U.S. It features …

Lego

The 10 best BDSM movies

<b>Belle de Jour (1967)</b><p>Luis Buñel’s surreal classic sees a middle-class housewife Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) electing to become a daytime prostitute while her husband is at work. While there is some brothel-based kink, the key BDSM content lies in the dream sequences, in which Séverine fantasised …

Shades of Grey

Emma Stone's Golden Globes Jumpsuit Is So Shiny, We Can't Look Away

Last year, Emma Stone's Golden Globes look was a little... boring.<p>But, we're always looking for a style comeback and it looks like Stone hit the mark with a Lanvin jumpsuit and Chanel makeup, making big bows a statement accessory this year. The nominated actress doesn't stop there -- her short bob …

Following the 6 Step Victoria's Secret Angel Diet

When I hatched this crazy plan to transform myself into a Victoria's Secret Angel—to really see what went into the hair, the kisses blown, the toned thighs and boosted bosoms—weight loss was never my goal. I figured that it would be a happy side effect, sort of like when you get the flu. I was …

43 Meals Everyone Should Eat In Their Lifetime

From unpretentious fried fish tacos in Baja, Mexico, to the foraged tasting menu at Copenhagen's Noma (the best restaurant in the world), we found 43 meals that are worth traversing the planet for.<p>Foodies will want to put these spots on their travel bucket list.

These Stunning, Simple Posters Tell The Story Of The Syrian Revolution

Syrian designer Fares Cachoux creates heartbreaking and hopeful posters of his country’s struggle.<p>When the Syrian revolution began, Syrian-born graphic designer Fares Cachoux was living abroad. He couldn’t concentrate on his work–especially after his hometown was bombed–so he quit his job, and used …

Graphic Design

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, You may be missing out on some of its most powerful features.<p><b>1) Take Siri to School</b> <br>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another …