Tables line up against the edge of a balcony with a view of the city lights spreading to the horizon.

Understanding Jerusalem’s Restaurant Culture

Dining out in Jerusalem is a fun diversion and there are some genuinely wonderful gastronomic experiences to be had, but deciphering the unique rules of Jerusalem restaurants is a challenge. Here is a basic primer from author Genevieve Belmaker.

A bus and pedestrians pass by a snack shop on a street corner.

Identity and the Foreign Population in Hong Kong

Dual nationalities in Hong Kong are a product of a city that is proud of its multicultural past. Learn more about the history and interaction of locals and foreigners in the city, including the effects of language barriers.

A group of children playing basketball in China.

The Importance of Sports and Games in China

The government of the People’s Republic of China takes sports so seriously that they’ve written it into their law, guaranteeing the opportunity for every citizen to get physical. Learn what the top sports are and how certain games can help you make friends on the mainland.

Three girls, holding a football and wearing football jerseys, holding up an Australian flag.

Sports in Australian Daily Life

There is hardly anything more important in Australia than sports—whether it is the Olympics, the footy, the tennis, the Melbourne Cup, or just a game of backyard cricket. Learn all about personal and professional sports Down Under.

An asian business woman speaking on a cellphone in a park setting.

What is the Social Climate in Hong Kong?

If the American dream is based on the pursuit of happiness, the Hong Kong dream is based on the pursuit of success—ambition and hard work are the keystones of life here. Learn more about a society that very much believes in bettering oneself, as well as what to expect when you visit.

A red Torii gate stands out sharply from the snow during the day.

Visiting a Shinto Shrine on New Year’s Eve in Akan

On New Year’s Eve, many people in Japan brave the snow to visit Shinto shrines and pray for good fortune in the coming year. Ruthy Kanagy invites us to experience the tradition through her eyes, from making an offering to warming up with grilled mochi and a cup of hot, sweet sake.

A row of red and yellow umbrellas dot a strip of sand along a palm-tree lined beach.

Réveillon in Imbassaí

In Brazil, it’s customary on New Year’s to get decked out in immaculate white and offer flowers to Iemanjá, Queen of the Seas. Resident Michael Sommers shares a fun, humor-filled experience of the end-of-the-year holiday.