A priest and photographer at the end of Qing dynasty

About 100 years ago, China was under the influence of foreign powers as a result of the a century of political and military failures. In the once unexplored provinces of China were now mushrooming representative offices, businessman and even religious men. All were exporting westernization in the Chinese soil trough market, regulations, infrastructures and new … Continue reading A priest and photographer at the end of Qing dynasty

Macau St. Paul Church

I visited the old center of Macau 3 times in the past years, and each time somehow it all began with a walk around St. Paul's church. It is not for us to known the time the project of St. Paul's Church (aka, Our Lady Mother of God, 大三巴牌坊) started or from whom was draw … Continue reading Macau St. Paul Church

Bunker-42 ~ Moscow

Just a few years ago the main entrance of Bunker 42 on Kotelnicheskiy 5th lane in Moscow could have been easily confused for a common building from the end of 18th century. Instead, under its foundations it's hided a long-range air force command-post of Strategic Nuclear Forces of Soviet Union. Today it's a museum dedicated … Continue reading Bunker-42 ~ Moscow

Kongar-ool Ondar

My wife told me while I'm writing this article that she hasn't heard that many songs by Kongar-ool Ondar in a day since her childhood in Tuva. Kongar-ool Borisovich Ondar (Ондар Коңгар-оол Борис оглу,  in Russian/Tuvan, 4 December 1962 - 25 July 2013) was an influential Tuvan musician of the 20th century and one of … Continue reading Kongar-ool Ondar

fistful of promises

Up to today there's no yet a wide bibliography about Republic of Tuva in English. The main information available are mostly related to "Tuva Or Bust" by Ralph Leighton (1991), "In Siberia" by Colin Thubron (1999) and few other readings on Khoomei throat singing. Fistful of Promises offers an image of the Republic of Tuva … Continue reading fistful of promises

Tsukurukai – 新しい歴史教科書をつくる会

This article aims to offer an impartial vision to recent and old facts as a recap on open questions between China and Japan looking back to past events just impartially. After World War II there have been many tensions between People Republic of China and Japan. First we need to consider that what is world … Continue reading Tsukurukai – 新しい歴史教科書をつくる会

Pingyao and its walls

Pingyao (平遥古城), an ancient city protected by UNESCO located at the center of Shanxi province,  just few kilometers south of Taiyuan, is definitely a window to the past rural life in North-central China. Following  tradition Chinese cities were often surrounded by city-walls in order to defend themselves from neighbor reigns and nomads tribes. Between the … Continue reading Pingyao and its walls

Blue house – Hong Kong

Not far from the old British Post-office of Wan Chai (now Environmental Protection Dept.) , over a hill in the direction of a temple a blu building catches ones the attention. Blue House (蓝楼)is an historical building in Wan Chai district(灣仔), Hong-Kong. At it's ground floor  is possible to visit a small hall called "Hong Kong House … Continue reading Blue house – Hong Kong

Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang

I've been very excited to visit the ancient Buddhist caves of Bezeklik in 2015. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (柏孜克里千佛洞, Bǎi zī kè lǐ qiān fú dòng) are located in Xinjiang Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔自治区, Xīnjiāng wéiwú'ěr zìzhìqū,شىنجاڭ ئۇيغۇر  ئاپتونوم رايونى ) to the north of the Taklamakan desert, around 50 kms East of Turpan (吐鲁番,Tǔlǔfān, تورپان) … Continue reading Bezeklik Caves, Xinjiang