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Who Invited The Pigeons?

Who invited the pigeons?, in front of Notre Dame, Paris, France

Pseudo-wedding trips to Paris are a big tourism industry in Asia.  For many years, Japanese wedding tourism has been hot in Hawaii. Wander around Honolulu and you will come upon couples and their stylists and photographers in every scenic spot. Paris, or other romantic European cities, have now joined the wedding tourism boom. The market now includes couples from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesian, Japan, and Malaysia, according to this recent article in Forbes. While Forbes describes the photo shoots a pre-wedding events, in some cases, couples may have already been through a civil ceremony at home or the wedding could be months off.  Japanese couples who are already married will often have a christian church “blessing” instead of an actual wedding ceremony. According to a 2007 article in The Telegraph:  Hawaii is still the number one overseas wedding destination for Japanese, but Europe is gaining ground, with around 20,000 marriage ceremonies last year.

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One Word Photo: Tsunami

Tsunami Hongani Vihara

Tsunami Honganji Vihara

Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Peraliya, Hikkaduawa, Galle District

Sri Lanka was the second hardest hit country when the December 26, 2004 tsunami struck. Over 35,000 people were killed and over 21,000 were injured. The tsunami memorial at Peraliya honors the site where more than 1700 people lost their lives when a tsunami wave derailed a passenger train. Construction was funded by the Japanese. The memorial is located on a small island which is part of a Buddhist temple (vihara). The town of Peraliya was also destroyed. The memorial is on the southeast coastal road between Colombo and Galle. The Buddha statue is a replica of one of the Bamiyan Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.

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