Just a few temples in Kyoto

Kyoto is home to more than 1,600 temples and some 500 Shinto shrines. Many of the city’s best and notable gardens can be found within the temple grounds.

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Making washi in the mountains

Kurotani in rural Kyoto is one of the oldest paper-making villages in Japan. For more than eight centuries, the villagers have transformed the mulberry plant into elegant washi (Japanese paper) products.

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Back in Brussels

I was in Doha on 22 March. A colleague told me that there had been an explosion at the airport when we stepped out during a break at the conference. I thought she was joking or maybe I had misheard something. It didn’t seem real.

But I wasn’t surprised that this had happened. It was only a matter of time.

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Catel & Bocquet: Kiki de Montparnasse

Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet is one of the few French books that I’ve read from cover to cover. Spanning more than 400 pages, this graphic novel offers a colourful glimpse into les Années Folles (the Roaring Twenties) in Montparnasse, Paris through the life of Alice Prin. Better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, or simply Kiki, she was the muse…

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