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Happy Holi!

A few days late, but I was pretty drenched.

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Bizarre Beijing: CityWeekend’s Tribute to AsiaObscura

Maybe you missed it, but fresh on the heels of their coverage of our taxidermy efforts, the the October issue of CityWeekend was devoted to Bizarre Beijing! Of course their research ended in the pages of AsiaObscura. Heh heh.

They recommend
– the unmissably gory Daoist statues of Dongyue Temple
– the quirk in miniature of World Park
– the wild Beijing Stamp Museum (including 3D North Korean stamps of Charles and Di)
a little-Tokyo maid cafe, and — of course…
Fake Disneyland.

See their full article here.

Or just enjoy the sweet editor’s letter below. Thanks, Sienna and CityWeekend!

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Those Creepy Japanese Videos, Finally Explained

If you’ve been wondering about the creepy Japanese videos I’ve been posting — videos of girls staring blankly at the camera for a minute, then uttering a single short phrase — I’m finally ready to offer an explanation.

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The Bold Boys of Korean Cosplay

The Ladies of Cosplay — cute, obsessive, meticulous — were a sight to behold. But the boys? Well, there were a few pretty awesome getups, like these….

And this chap was remarkable:

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Happy Easter!

Here’s another lamb-alicious clip from the 1975 cultural revolution ballet, “Sons & Daughters of the Grassland.” Remember, while watching, that that lamb is a metaphor for something or other.  Oh, I’m probably imagining that.  Happy Easter, and enjoy!

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AquaWeird in Qingdao

Yesterday I posted about the strange fish you’ll find in Qingdao’s Huilan Pavilion (as seen on every Qingdao and Tsingtao bottle of beer) — but that’s not all you’ll find inside.

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Siamese fighting fish

We’re still deep in the trenches at the taxidermy school outside Beijing, but I thought I’d take a moment to remember some living animals we came across, recently:  Cambodian fighting fish.

The males of the species will live for 2 or 3 years, it’s said, and maybe even 7 or 9 if fed right… but if you stick them together, whoa. Cut that approximate down to a few minutes.

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If Amy Chua was mother to us all, maybe we could do this too…

The young kids in this video I shot practiced for the entire year, or longer, to get the show right… and it’s just remarkable.

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My Sleeping Co-workers

I hadn’t heard of www.sleepingchinese.com before The WooLand Hotel mentioned it the other day, but it reminded me of a small collection of photos I took over the span of just a week or two.  This wasn’t a particularly rough week — no late nights or anything — and yet…

LJ.

Echo.

Ginger.

I worked beside this girl for an entire year and never knew her name.

Actually, this one’s not a coworker.  (She’s the security guard at the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall. But she fit in well, no?)

I’ve tried sleeping at the office, but — even with a pillow and a face-mask — I just haven’t been able to hack it.  And you?

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Happy Year of the Rabbit! 新年快乐!

(Optimistically cute sign spotted at the Tiger Balm Gardens, a few months ago… the kids loved it!)

Updates will be light this week, as Michelle and I are out on the road, exploring more wild China…

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Remarkable Pet Carrying Device

I’d just climbed off a Guangdong bus, and was waiting for Michelle at the bus station, when this little fellow popped his head — quite unexpectedly — out of his box.

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Coolest King Photos, Ever

King Rama IX, the King of Thailand, is groovy. I haven’t read the ugly tell-all bio yet, but based on pictures alone, this is a man I can adore. Some oldies, first:



But this next picture, his newest, which ran as the above-the-fold cover photo for every Thai newspaper on the first of January this year, is just about my favorite. I mean, how cool is this guy?



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Dirk Gently’s Bangkok Offices

From the eagle eyes (and lens) of Michelle.

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OCD in Hong Kong

Bird Avian Dog OCD Pork flu is raging across Hong Kong, and these signs are attached to absolutely everything. (I find it hard to believe they’re really disinfecting that elevator every two hours…)



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Awesome Mongolian Pop Star

I don’t really know who this guy is, but I found him in a restaurant in the rural one-pony town of Lun.

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Old Pirate Ships in Old Japan

After the insanity of Tokyo, I really needed a break. So, on the advice of a teenage stranger at a sushi bar, I bought a 3-day pass to Hakone.  And what a break it is. A mountain town, there’s almost nothing to do here. No madness, no crowds, and certainly no stress. Just groups of old ladies in hats, taking a midweek break from the city.

But there is a pirate ship.

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