Ann Arbor in Michigan

25 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

University of Michigan (1855) by Jasper Francis Cropsey

University of Michigan (1855) by Jasper Francis Cropsey

Ann Arbor is a city in Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County, with a population of 114,000, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan. The university significantly shapes Ann Arbor’s economy as it employs about 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in the medical center. The city’s economy is also centered on high technology, with several companies drawn to the area by the university’s research and development infrastructure. Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, named for wives of the village’s founders, both named Ann, and the stands of bur oak trees. The University of Michigan moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837, and the city grew at a rapid rate in the early to mid-20th century. During the 1960s and 1970s, the city gained a reputation as a center for left-wing politics. Ann Arbor became a focal point for political activism, such as opposition to the Vietnam War and support for the legalization of cannabis.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Kawasaki

23 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Shirahata Hachiman Daijin Shrine © Jkr2255/cc-by-sa-3.0

Shirahata Hachiman Daijin Shrine © Jkr2255/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kawasaki is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is the 8th most populated city in Japan (including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area) and one of the main cities forming the Greater Tokyo Area and Keihin Industrial Area. As of October 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 1,503,690, with 716,470 households. Kawasaki has seven wards: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-ku – administrative center, Miyamae-ku, Nakahara-ku, Saiwai-ku, Takatsu-ku and Tama-ku.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Osaka

22 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dotonbori © JKT-c/cc-by-3.0

Dotonbori © JKT-c/cc-by-3.0

Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Osaka will host Expo 2025. The city’s west side is open to Osaka Bay, and is otherwise completely surrounded by more than ten satellite cities, all of them in Osaka Prefecture, with one exception: the city of Amagasaki, belonging to Hyōgo Prefecture, in the northwest.   read more…

Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

22 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

View from International Commerce Centre © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

View from International Commerce Centre © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour separating Hong Kong Island in the south from the mainland to the north. The harbour’s deep, sheltered waters and strategic location on the South China Sea were instrumental in Hong Kong’s establishment as a British colony and its subsequent development as a trading centre. The harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. Lying in the middle of the territory’s dense urban region, the harbour is the site of annual fireworks displays and its promenades are used as gathering places for tourists and residents.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Fukuoka

21 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0

Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu. It is the most populous city on the island, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated on April 1, 1972, by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka, with a population of 2.5 million people, is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka–Kitakyushu zone.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Kobe

20 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Chinatown © Laitr Keiows/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chinatown © Laitr Keiows/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, on the north shore of Osaka Bay and about 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka. With a population around 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Yokohama

19 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0

Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo, and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area.   read more…

Theme Week Japan

18 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Tokyo - Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0

Tokyo – Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0

Japan (Nippon or Nihon, literally “State of Japan”) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin”, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.   read more…

Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan

18 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dushanbe Presidential Palace © VargaA/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dushanbe Presidential Palace © VargaA/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language, the local language is Parya language. It was named this way because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. As of 2016, Dushanbe had a population of 803,000.   read more…

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