Author Archives for Julie Tetel Andresen

Win Kyaw Zan

Win Kyaw Zan: Five Questions

June 18, 2019 6:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The title image is of Win Kyaw Zan when he and I were rolling along the Ayeyawady River, Myanmar at sunset. I was lucky to have him as my guide when I visited his beautiful country. Win Kyaw Zan has been a professional photographer and tour guide for twenty years. He... read more


Bagan – Adventures in Myanmar

June 14, 2019 6:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A quick flight from Yangon took us to Bagan. It is the city of 4444 temples and pagodas, mostly from the 13th century. The title image is of Narathihapatae Phaya. It is also called Tayok-pyi < ta ‘Mongolian’ + yok ‘strong energy’ + pyi ‘run away’ + phaya ‘temple.’ It is... read more

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Lush Urban Luxury: Singapore

June 7, 2019 6:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lush Urban Luxury Lush urban luxury. These three words sum up Singapore. Singapore is tropical with abundant rainfall, high humidity and two monsoon seasons. I hate the sun, but I love the tropics. So I opened my umbrella and started walking around. This shot, below, typifies my experience. As if... read more

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Famous Japanese: Top Ten List

May 24, 2019 6:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Where to start? There are so many famous Japanese. Title image: Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616), founder of the Tokugawa shogunate that effectively ruled Japan from 1600 – 1868.  I did not, however, include him on my list below. I focused on more recent figures. But, as historical figures go, Tokugawa was... read more

(Un)translatables: Japanese Top Ten

May 17, 2019 6:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

(Un)translatables – my term – are words in one language that may take a paragraph to explain in another language … and still not quite get it right. (Title Image: Hokkaido University, kanji: ‘Japanese language’) All languages have them. Japanese has some really good ones. (Un)translatables in Japanese: The Bad... read more