Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm, the unique phenomenon in the world that lasts for over 500 years

In northwestern Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River  meets  Lake Maracaibo, a unique natural spectacle in the world can be seen almost every night. The phenomenon is known as the "Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm", the "river of fire in the sky", the "Maracaibo Lighthouse" or the "eternal lightning in Catatumbo". The storm is not an odd … Continue reading Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm, the unique phenomenon in the world that lasts for over 500 years

Random thoughts and memories from Japan

If I ask my child, of all the places we visited, which one he liked the most, he will answer me without hesitation: Japan! That's exactly what I feel. Japan amazes and delights you, equally, from the first to the last minute spent here. So … let's get started! Technology. Everyone knows that the Japanese … Continue reading Random thoughts and memories from Japan

Rūkada Nātya – traditional drama performed using string puppets in Sri Lanka

Inscribed in 2018 (13.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Rūkada Nātya is a type of drama performed using string puppets, traditionally to provide light entertainment and convey moral lessons to village communities. Rūkada Nātya is made up of groups of families belonging to or related to the line known … Continue reading Rūkada Nātya – traditional drama performed using string puppets in Sri Lanka

New cultural practices added to the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2020

As many as 32 cultural practices have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of intangible cultural heritage this year. As of now, the committee boasts of 584 traditions that feature on the list from 131 countries. As per the reports, some of the practices that have been added … Continue reading New cultural practices added to the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2020

Caño Cristales River in Colombia – “the river of five colors” or “liquid rainbow.”

Caño Cristales (English: Crystal Channel) is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, and is a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the "River of Five Colors" or the "Liquid Rainbow," and is noted for its striking colors. Over the years some have said the … Continue reading Caño Cristales River in Colombia – “the river of five colors” or “liquid rainbow.”

BAGAN,MYANMAR (BURMA): the city of ancient temples

Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors. The setting is sublime – a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of … Continue reading BAGAN,MYANMAR (BURMA): the city of ancient temples

Nagoro, Japan – the village with toy residents

Nagoro is a tiny Japanese village with one very notable feature: a life-sized doll population that outnumbers the human population nearly 10:1. The toy residents are the work of local Tsukimi Ayano, who began making doll replicas of her neighbors after they died or moved away. Once working in the garden, Tsukimi made the first … Continue reading Nagoro, Japan – the village with toy residents