Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

December 2, 2011

Friday Fun Facts: Holiday Beast

Happy Friday! Every Friday, we will present you with a trivia question in our newest blog feature, Friday Fun Facts. To answer the question, post a comment below.

Friday Fun Fact: Holiday Beast

On the 5th of December in the Alpine/Germanic countries of Europe, people dress up in frightening costumes of this holiday beast and tear through the streets warning bad children that St. Nicholas will not reward them with presents. What is the name of this mythical monster? Read more »

  1. July 15, 2011

    Three Great Asian Destinations Out of Tokyo

    For those who have caught the travel bug, they understand how hard it can be to settle for just one travel destination. Every region has so much to offer, boasting original art, culture, cuisine, architecture and excitement. Those who love to travel seek the feeling of both nostalgia and diving into the unknown. When exploring a region as large as Asia, you’re sure to encounter both while gaining appreciation for regional customs and finding exhilaration in the uniqueness of each country. Nonstop flights to Tokyo out of PDX allow travelers to make their long journey to Asia as simple, quick and convenient as possible with only one connection. The city of Tokyo is a gateway to both the familiar and unaccustomed areas of Asia. Read more »

  2. July 12, 2011

    Exploring the Corners of Tokyo

    In a city as large as Tokyo, you can’t limit yourself to one area. While ideally it would be nice to spend a day (or week, or month) in each area of the city, most realities of work and other commitments limit our dream vacations and force us to make choices when it comes to what we see and do. Selecting your ideal activity in each area of the city is a good way to experience different areas and get your must-do activities accomplished. Here’s a list of different activities you can do around Tokyo. Read more »

  3. July 6, 2011

    Photo Diary: Best Day Trips from Amsterdam

    Amsterdam has enough excitement for a lifetime, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city. Consider expanding your horizons next time you are visiting Holland’s great capital and explore a few nearby towns that are only a short train ride away. These three towns will allow you to experience some of the cultural history that makes Holland incredible. Don’t nap for too long on the train, because along the trip you can see some beautiful sights! Make the most of your time in Holland and explore Delft, Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans. Read more »

  4. June 21, 2011

    Ancient Arts of India

    The traditions of India touch our lives in many different ways. Whether we take in the rich, warm smell of tikki masala curry when we walk past an Indian restaurant, relax after work with yoga, use virtually any spice in cooking, or enjoy a good Bollywood film every now and then, India is a place with a rich, magnificent culture, influence and history. We may even have India to thank for the discovery of the US, because without India, Columbus never would have set sail.

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  5. June 14, 2011

    Dance Across Oceans

    Whether you like to tango, swing dance, salsa, waltz or just let loose freestyle on the dance floor, there is a little something for everyone both in Portland and across the pond. Several dance festivals, performances and groups are hitting the stage this year, and should make it to your calendar. If you’re in the mood to be amazed, inspired, or even shake a tail feather yourself, check out what 2011 has in store for you. Read more »

  6. February 10, 2011

    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sumo

    In the U.S., we have little exposure to sumo wrestling outside of the Hollywood depiction or images of bounce houses and inflatable suits. In reality, the Japanese live and breathe sumo wrestling. The sport is extremely exclusive, and professional sumos are subject to strict lifestyles that dictate everything from their sleeping habits to hairstyles. If you’re traveling to Tokyo, it’s time to brush up on your sumo knowledge. Read more »

  7. December 23, 2010

    Photo Diary: Christmas

    Inspired by Christmas, we chose photos of each city decorated for the holiday. What are your seasonal decorating traditions? Read more »

  8. October 29, 2010

    Photo Diary: Happy Halloween!

    The ghouls are out for another year of spooks, frights and sugar rushes. How do Portland, Amsterdam and Tokyo decorate for Halloween?

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  9. July 2, 2010

    Photo Friday: Fireworks

    No national holiday is complete without some festive fireworks, so for today’s post, we’re honoring Independence Day with a glimpse to the glowing skies in Portland, Tokyo and Amsterdam. Read more »