• When they say: We're having a world tour!
  • What they really mean: We're having a world tour that only stops in Eastern Asia because our entertainment labels think that those are the only places where we actually have fans which are actually not true because in addition to 99 percent of KPOP MV comments being in English they also take a big part in voting during the MAMA awards but you know entertainment companies are stupid af so you poor fans who live anywhere except Eastern Asia will have to suffer and sit hunched over your computer just to see us in video poor you

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra sings Christmas carols with Palestinian Christian children inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Light and Dark

 This video shows one of my new favorite things about the solstice. The Japanese Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 weather satellite is in a geostationary position over the Pacific Ocean and eastern parts of Asia, sending down pictures to monitor weather over that part of the planet. In the process, it gets a full frame view of the orb of the Earth, and it automatically shares clips from its cameras online. Here’s the view taken as the sun set yesterday just before the official solstice time – take a look at the poles. The North pole never exits a shadow and the South Pole is a tiny sliver of light that never goes away – the best shot you’ll get of this arrangement for a year. This one also gives some nice sunglint on the sea just before the sun goes down – reflection of the sunlight off the smooth surface of the ocean.


Video Credit: Himawari-8 satellite



Like, south-eastern asians are so heavily discriminated in eastern asia (like most people see them as maids or just less intelligent people I’m not even joking), but YOI just have the most fair representation of Phichit???!!!!!! AND HE FUCKING WON THE THING???? AND EVERYONE WAS SO PROUD????


Technically-speaking, almost all true ‘bonsai‘ trees are temperate-zone trees, and should be grown outside.

Anything else is just a minaturised tree, or from a different tradition like penjing, hòn non bộ, or saikei.

Bonsai has specific artistic, horticultural, and cultural rules, like any other school or style of art.


Jasminum sambac is in the olive family Oleaceae. Commonly known as Arabian jasmine, it is native to eastern Asia including India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Arabian jasmine is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 10 feet tall, producing terminal cymes of highly fragrant white flowers. These flowers are used in a variety of ways by many different cultures. Arabian jasmine is the national flower of the Philippines, and it is used to create floral decorations for holidays in this country and other southeast Asian nations. The flowers are used as the main ingredient of Jasmine tea, and are also commonly used to make perfumes. The most common use of the Arabian jasmine is as a garden ornamental, where it is cultivated in many areas across the globe.

This electrifying sequence was captured yesterday from Ibiza, an island in southeastern Spain. What looked to be a bother on the horizon, though, turned out to be a blessing. The composite picture features over 200 digitally combined images from the same location over the course of a night. The full moon is seen setting as it faded to red in Earth’s shadow and then returned to normal. Although the next total eclipse of a large and bright supermoon will occur in 2033, the next total eclipse of any full moon will occur in January 2018 and be best visible from eastern Asia and Australia.

Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Antonio Hervás

Hardy Kiwi (Actinidia arguta)

The kiwi that many of us associate with New Zealand, Actinidia deliciosa, is one of several kiwi species native to China, Japan, and Siberia.

The hardy kiwi vine, pictured above, yields a much smaller, hairless version of the familiar fruit, while tolerating temperatures of -35˚C.

These vines are normally dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate vines: I’m working with a cultivar called ‘Issai,’ which is self-fertile.

Apparently, the vines smell like catnip, so cats are prone to digging them up and destroying them.

A single vine produces 20-45 kilograms of fruit in a season, growing up to 6 metres in a year. For this reason, they are being investigated as a potential invasive species in parts of North America.

If kept in cultivation, they are a fantastically-productive fruiting vine for Northern gardeners.

You know what upsets me? The utter lack of Asian AUs. I’ve heard loads of black Hermione, Latino or Indian Harry, and I think they’re all great and lovely ideas, but I have not once heard of an Asian AU (Yes I do realize Indians are Asians pls chill for a sec), and it makes me so sad because I feel like I’ll never have a place to belong. So bring in the Chinese Hermione or Korean Harry AUs. Please include us.