JAPAN: Historical Oldtown – Kurashiki

During our tour of Japan we made a stop in the historical-idyllic city of Kurashiki (Japanese 倉 敷 市, -shi). The Edo-era merchant town is located in Okayama prefecture and the former Bitchū province of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Kurashiki means something like „village from warehouses“. There are still dozens of buildings (Kura) preserved, which represent a symbol of the city due to their typical facades. It’s worth a visit. It is best to stay for a few days in the nearby Okayama and make a day trip by train to the cultural site.

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GERMANY: Culture Map – Daniel Vargas & Sam Khayari

A map is used to get an overview of a region or a country. Thus, then a culture map would be a cultural map. Something that gives you an overview of local art and its history. That’s exactly what the initial idea of DJ Daniel Vargas and visual artist Sam Khayari from Rüsselsheim in Germany was. Meanwhile, a creative website has emerged on which the two Culture Map founders introduce artists from a growing regional and cross-genre network into interview videos and portraits.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Streetart Woodstock – Cape Town

In the last few weeks, we’ve been hanging around in the southern hemisphere, exploring the South African savannah and searching for graffiti in Cape Town. Yes, there is a quarter in Capetown called Woodstock. There is not a big music festival there, but it is definitely one of the artistic-alternative trend districts. Between the many run-down or redesigned warehouses and factory buildings, the streets are peppered with art galleries and cool cafés. Events such as the Neighbor Goods Market at the Old Biscuit Mall or the Cape Town Street Food Festival are held regularly in the area around Albert Road.

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JAPAN: Himeji Castle and Shironoshita

Hundreds of castles, fortifications and fortresses are scattered all over Japan, some in very good condition or restored and made accessible to the public. During a trip to Nippon you can not avoid a visit, better you should not miss such an amazing and unique tour. One of the most famous sites is the castle tower complex in Himeji (Japanese 姫 路 城, Himeji-jō) from the 17th century. The Himeji-jō in Hyōgo prefecture is one of Japan’s national treasures and was also recognized by UNESCO in 1993 as a World Heritage Site. On our trip from Osaka to Hiroshima we made a stop in this castle town Himeji (Japanese 姫 路 市, -shi), looked at the Himeji Castle and walked through the Koko-en Garden, which is considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan, especially during the cherry blossom festival Hanami. We wandered through the Engyō-ji Temple, climbed Mount Seppiko and shot a video with Tomohisa Shiroshita about the new Shironoshita Guesthouse.

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GHANA: Gbi Special School

The Lekma Hospital is a governmental health facility built by the Chinese Government in 2010 as a friendship hospital between these two countries. The remarkable financial support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China was about 7.280.00 US Dollar. Within 16 month the construction was completed and the hospital was inaugurated by the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama on the 21st of December 2010.

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ARGENTINA: Germán Aczel – World Cup Comics – Cartoonist and Draftsman

Germán Aczel loves football and is a passionate cartoonist. He has linked these two passions in his World Cup book. A detailed encyclopaedia of the individual football world championships, decorated with funny sketches and humorous cartoons. The multi-colored World Cup history brings together the most defining moments in football history from 1930-2014: Maradona’s hand of God, Zidane’s legendary headbutt, the German agony of Belo Horizonte, Suarez’s bite attack, the unforgettable moments of the 7-1 against Brazil or Gotze ‚S victory gate. Distinct caricatures of the most iconic players, the most spectacular goals and most moving World Cup scenes accompanied by thrilling background stories. Aczel has written colorful, rich in facts and entertaining, the ultimate comic-style World Cup primer as a world champion edition.

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ALBANIA: Streetart Durrës

We already showed you a lot of nice graffiti from Albania, the art works were mostly from the capital Tirana, Korça and what you found on the way. A particularly village with very special paintings, however, is the coastal town of Durrës. It’s not just graffiti, but elaborate façade drawings. Here some of the stories are painted on the wall and provided with pictures, each work has a relationship to the homeowners and creators – which are often the same.

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JAPAN: Anago No Nedoko – Onomichi

The few but increasingly growing tourists who travel to Japan first of course visit the major cultural centers or high-tech cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. But if you have a little more time for your trip to Nippon, you have the opportunity to get to know many other sites in the country. Often the smaller villages are hidden and undervalued delicacies. For example, the fishing town of Onomichi (Japanese: 尾 道 市, -shi) on the southwest coast of Honshū Island.

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URUGUAY: Streetart, Surfspot and a fancy Lighthouse – La Paloma

On the first glance you could assume that the place is somewhere around the Baltic or at the Wadden Sea. The architecture doesn´t really look very South American. As well there is this huge but small white lighthouse, which reminds more on Denmark or the German Otto comedy movies. But the palms, the warm climate and the high waves will disabuse you. La Paloma is located at the southeastern coast of Uruguay and it´s covered with awesome paintings, fantastic streetart and hidden graffiti. We brought you nice photo material from our last trip to the little chillspot. It´s an insider tip for surfer, artists and mountainbiker.

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