Category: History

Phimai Historical Park

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After a couple of days in Buriram, we headed over to Korat (Nakhon Ratchisima) and got a chance to visit yet another Khmer ruin-Phimai. This structure is a Mahayana Buddhist temple, which is odd as the Khmer were primarily Hindu…

Fash of the East

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FASH OF THE EAST You selfish goys think you can keep all the fashy fun to yourselves. That’s problematic and we need to have a conversation about that right now. Modern Asian history has a few right-wing authoritarian leaders of…

Phanom Rung-Khmer Ruins in Isaan

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Went to Thailand (twice!) this summer. The first trip was up north in Isaan to visit Khmer ruins. Only saw three but they were gorgeous. The first site we visited was Phanom Rung in Buriram province. We stayed in Buriram…

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

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Please forgive me for the month-long hiatus. It is cold here in Gifu and I have not been feeling very inspired to write much. I started reading a great book last week and so decided to push myself to post…

Temples in Vientiane, Laos

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It has gotten rather chilly here in Japan so I have not been hiking at all. And I am busy with the fall semester at my schools so no travel. Bit frustrating to a wanderer such as myself. No matter,…

Buddha Park Laos 2014

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I still have stories from my summer trip to Thailand and Laos to share. In Laos but close to the Thai border is the Buddha Park, with many statues of the Buddha as well as assorted Hindu deities and guardians.…

Jumangoku Festival-Ogaki, Gifu-14/10/12

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Ogaki City is a small town in Gifu prefecture yet they have festivals rather frequently. Last Sunday (Oct. 12th) was the Jumangoku festival celebrating the poet Matsuo Basho who stayed in Ogaki during his travels around the country and the…