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Hygge - The Nordic Way of Happiness Through Winter

So the days are short and the night is cold.  How will you make it through?  Try the Danish tradition of Hygge!

Hygge, loosely translated as "cozy" and pronounced "hooga", is centered around the idea of including cozy things in day-to-day routines to create warmth, community, and intimacy. 

Valenki: Russia's Solution to Cold Feet

What are valenki, and why are they unique? Today we look at the traditional Russian felt boot.

Voting Around the World

Last week, the United States held its midterm elections. Today we look at how many people turn out to vote in other countries around the world, as well as at how they vote.

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

This week, the Hindu population in India and around the world celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights. Here we explore the meaning behind the festival, and how it is celebrated.

Staying Warm During a Polish Winter

Guest blogger Jordan Napier writes about how to stay warm the Polish way.

Korean Age and Actual Age

Koreans have a interesting way of calculating age. When you are born, you are already one year old, and then you get another year older when New Year's Day passes.  Imagine celebrating your birthday along with everyone else that was born in the same year as you!  Everyone born on the same calendar year effectively has the same Korean age and can easily be calculated by the formula: Age = (Current Year − Birth Year) + 1

Okinawa

A service member discusses Okinawan cultural differences.

Confucianism in Japan

A Japanese national discusses the influence of Confucianism on Japanese society.

Geography of Japan

A retired service member discusses the geography of Japan.

Public Transportation in Japan

A service member provides tips for navigating public transportation in Japan.