Links from my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack and his friend Marty
Japan’s Yakuza: Inside the syndicate
Malaysia arrests eight in connection with Bangkok shrine bombing
Sumatran rhinos likely to become extinct, conservationists warn
Secret Missionaries and Smuggled Bibles: China’s Religious Boom
25 Of The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World [24 in Asia -M]
We’re All Mispronouncing Mount Everest’s Name [Interesting trivia! Of course those of us who have lived/visited Nepal or Tibet, call it Sagarmatha or Chomolungma -M]
There’s an Annual Straw Art Festival in Japan and it Looks Awesome
A Poster That Showcases the Best Japanese Snack Food
A Hundred Years After This Man’s Death Scientists Confirmed He Was Murdered (China)
India’s doctors blame air pollution for sharp rise in respiratory diseases
Meet the aspiring writers behind your fortune cookie messages
Want a writing job in this depressing gig economy? Become a freelance fortune cookie writer: sharpen your wit and prepare to charge by the fortune
Photo of the day 09/21 – Long-tailed macaques huddle in a cage at a village in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. Thai authorities were relocating the macaques to lessen conflicts with the local community.
Photo of the day 09/21 – Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the fifth day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Monday. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and later immersed in a river or the sea, symbolising a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode, taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind.
Photo of the day 09/21 – A boy leads a goat at a livestock market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha, marking the end of the Haj, by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command.