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Fair Dinkum Australian Souvenirs
September 15, 2016
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Fair Dinkum Australian Souvenirs
Want to pick up some fair dinkum souvenirs of your trip Downunder? As a proud Aussie, I’d hate to see you walk away with anything less than the best Australian souvenirs from your holiday in my homeland. So here are four true blue Aussie mementos to take home from the land Downunder.
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Shide and Shimenawa: How to Mark a Place Sacred
April 28, 2016
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Shide and Shimenawa: How to Mark a Place Sacred
Travelling Japan you may have noticed shide and shimenawa. The former being lightening bolt shaped paper strips attached to the later, a straw rope. What do they mean? Read on… It happened by accident that our visit to Meiji Jingu (shrine) coincided with the 163rd anniversary of Emperor Meiji’s birth. Well at least within 2 days […]
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Decoding Chinese New Year
February 4, 2016
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Decoding Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year rituals are thought to have significant influence on how the year ahead proceeds. Avoid inauspicious pitfalls with these 10 lucky omens!
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Live Long, Be Happy and Prosper
February 19, 2015
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Fu Lu Shou: Live Long, Be Happy and Prosper
Three strange Chinese fellows stare back at me through the museum glass. Their faces are familiar, I have seen them before on cloth, in porcelain and paint. But who are they and what do they represent?