In a recent online chat between PocketCultures contributors from around the world, we talked about books which reflect our countries and cultures. Here are our recommendations.
Some of our contributors have been busy at work publishing great content on their personal blogs. Here’s a roundup of those articles.
Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote about fresh food at Hong Kong markets
Food can’t get fresher than this in Hong Kong. The buyer inspects a chicken and then picks one which is healthy, energetic and has bright feathers. The butcher wastes no time in weighing the chicken to determine a price. The rest, most people will say, it should be history and the focus should be a happy meal on the table. (I wouldn’t want to go into more details, but let’s just say most butchers try to make it quick and painless for the chicken by heading directly for its jugular vein.) (more…)
Anu, our contributor from India, wrote about the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai:
The ten day Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is one festival celebrated by one and all, at least in Mumbai. Rich or poor, the devout bring the Lord home, and spend the ten days immersed in the festivities – offering prayers, enjoying the offerings, or maybe just taking in the sights and sounds of the festival.
DeeBee, our contributor from France, published a post about the Journées du Patrimoine – Heritage Days in France.
The Journées du Patrimoine were created in 1984 by the Ministry of Culture and are since held annually during the third weekend of September. More than fifteen thousand historic sites and monuments are open to the public for just two days. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover places normally closed to the public.
Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote about a visit to the Kowloon Walled City and the feelings it conjured.
On my very first visit to Kowloon Walled City Park, I thought it was nothing more than a man-made garden. However beautiful it may be, it felt fake and commercial. Compared to the streets across, where old buildings and memories of the old Kai Tak Airport remain, Kowloon Walled City Park did not seem to be a place that was worth spending time on.
It was not a well-planned trip as I had no idea what to expect and hence did not know what to look out for. As ignorant as I could be, I knew absolutely nothing about the history on Kowloon Walled City, apart from the fact that it used to be a Chinese Fort, following British’s occupation of Hong Kong Island.
Ana, our contributing editor, posted a photo essay about the Japanese Gardens of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
This month we are looking at houses around the world. Our contributor from Hong Kong, Ski, sends us this photo to show that it’s not all high rise buildings in Hong Kong as some poeple might think at first glance. These are village houses in the New Territories.
Here are some interesting posts written by our contributors on their personal blogs.
Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote a post about the coffin houses of Hong Kong.
Cage homes. Coffin Houses. Whatever you call it, the poor lives in the dirtiest secrets of Hong Kong.
Mike, our contributor from Japan, posted photos taken at the Kurashiki Dam.
Ana, a contributing editor, wrote a post about history museums in Dallas.
The area where John Neely Bryan is thought to have built his first log cabin in 1841 is now known as the West End Historic District and that’s where history buffs should begin their tour. A replica of his one-room cedar cabin is located at the Founders’ Plaza, bordered by Elm, South Market, Main and South Houston streets.
Lots of interesting reading material this week, courtesy of our contributors. Enjoy!
Mike, our contributor from Japan, published one more installment of his Then and Now Series: Okawa Spring in Kin Okinaw with photos taken in 1955 and in 2012.
Ski, our contributor, from Hong Kong, wrote a compelling description of a day in the life of a tour guide in Hong Kong.
Almost every day, I wake up bright and early, ready to meet my guests-of-the-day. We will brave the weather together (right now, it’s a very hot and humid summer), in order to explore the streets of Hong Kong. We talk about Hong Kong history, culture, the love-hate relationship with mainland China, our pop culture, food, etc. As much as a routine job this seems, it really isn’t.
LeX, our contributor from Malaysia, put together a list of the ten must-visit places in Busan, South Korea.
Busan is another big city which consists of numerous exciting and amusing tourism attractions which mainly surrounded by white sandy beaches with exquisite panorama and more relaxing atmosphere for traveller to walk around the seaside. Something that you will never miss is the fresh seafood in the market. You can enjoy the scenery of Busan while eating sashimi!
Anu, our contributor from India, published a photo essay about her visit to Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur.
The fort’s name has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that the original name of the fort was ‘Sudarshangarh’. However, as work was on, excavating the area for the fort, the resting place of the saint Nahar Singhji Bhomia was disturbed, and his spirit began haunting the construction site. On advice from his spiritual preceptor, the king eventually changed the name of the fort to ‘Nahargarh’ after the saint, and also built a temple for him within the fort premises. It was only then that the haunting ceased and the work on the fort was able to continue!