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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.

Japanese Festivals

A retired service member describes Japanese festivals.

Japan's Cash-Based Economy

A service member describes Japan's cash-based economy.

Yokohama

A retired service member describes Yokohama's history and openness to foreigners.