Author Archives : MARINA

VIRTUAL TOUR: HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE

By MARINA

Houtong was originally called Kau-tong (猴硐; monkey cave) due to the existence of a cave inhabited by monkeys in the early days. But now this place became famous as cat village. In this area, you can feel as if you came to the world of the cats.  Here you can see, touch and rub a kitty, and you can stop by the shop,…

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HOUTONG:THE CAT VILLAGE IN TAIWAN

By MARINA

Have you heard that there’s a cat village in Taiwan? Once you take one step into this village, you feel as if you’re in the cat world.  Houtong, which is located 35km east of Taipei in Ruifang district, and it takes almost one hour by train. There’s usually one train about every half hour during the day, so you don’t feel uncomfortable to go there. Houtong is a…

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TASTE OF PERUVIAN WINE

By MARINA

As you know, among Latin American countries, Argentine and Chile are world famous wine producers. But there’re other counties where people can cultivate grapes. Think about the geographical features. Peru has as a similar climate as Chile, so they have a big potential in order to produce good quality wine. Most vineyards are located on the central coast, around Pisco and Ica. And guide…

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EXHIBITION: “CANTEROS” DIEGO OLIVER

By MARINA

Arequipa is known as “White City”. Because the city center was built in volcanic sillar rock, whose color is almost white or pink. The contrast between white buildings and blue sky is so beautiful and it made me refreshed.   Walking the street, I encountered one exhibit, named “CANTEROS”.  Canteros (Spanish vocabulary) means quarrymen, and Diego Oliver pointed his camera at the subjects. I’ve never imagine…

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TRIBUTE TO CHE

By MARINA

Even if you don’t know who he is, I confirmed that everyone have heard his name once before. Or you might recognize his face unintentionally. Because the young wear a T-shirt emblazoned with a cool bearded guy and his portrait is put up in some shops. This man is Che Guevara.    On October 9th, 1967, Che was killed by…

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MUSIC: CAROLINA PELERITTI

By MARINA

I went to the concert of Carolina Peleritti in Tokyo. She came to see us all the way from her hometown, Argentina. She was a poplar actress and a fashion model before, and now became one of the most important singers in her country. As embarrassing as this is to say, I didn’t have any information about her. But having heard her…

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RECIPE: SPICY MACA GAZPACHO

By MARINA

There’re many tomato based soups in the world. Among those soups, Gazpacho is one of my favorites. This cold soup is a classic of Spanish cuisine and it originated in the southern region of Andalusia. This is especially good in summer, because it’s refreshing and cool. I got Maca Powder in Peru, so I add this superfood to my special Gazpacho recipe. I think this spicy…

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RECIPE: MACA GUACAMOLE

By MARINA

I love Mexican Food. I love avocado. I often make Guacamole in my house, because it’s easy to prepare, good for beer, and yummy. I got Maca Powder in Peru, so I add this to Guacamole. As you know, avocado is good for health and beauty. Maca may promote those effects. Recipe is quite a simple, but may give sufficient satisfactions to…

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RECIPE: HOT CHOCOLATE WITH SUPERFOOD

By MARINA

Hot chocolate is not just a delicious drink, but a healthy drink. It has been consumed to treat ailments and to meditate for centuries. Drinking chocolate has a long history, In deed, ancient Mesoamerican people consume the cacao for a nutritional purpose. In this time the cacao was valuable and consecrated. It was used not only for a medical purpose, but a religious and financial…

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SENSATION “BUBBLY DANCE”

By MARINA

Who said that Japanese can perform only Bon dance, Japanese folk dance. There’re many cool guys here in Japan.  Tomioka Senior High School rocketed to fame, because of the brilliant “Bubbly Dance”. Lots of foreign TV shows sent them invitation requests. And already their video has got five million views. Bubbly dance was created  for high school students. And performers are dancing to up-tempo music in perfect order.  The song…

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