THE FOX GLACIER _ 0582

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Fed by four alpine glaciers, Fox Glacier falls 2,600 m (8,500 ft) on its 13 km journey from the Southern Alps down to the coast, with it having the distinction of being one of the few glaciers to end among lush rainforest only 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level. Although retreating throughout most of the last 100 years, it has been advancing since 1985. In 2006 the average rate of advance was about a metre a week. In January 2009, the terminal face of the glacier was still advancing and had vertical or overhanging faces which were continually collapsing.
The outflow of the glacier forms the Fox River. During the last ice age, its ice reached beyond the present coastline, and the glacier left behind many moraines during its retreat. Lake Matheson formed as a kettle lake within one of these.
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From New Zealand
Travel from June 13 to July 11
Thanks Aaron !

MAYOTTE FOOD _ 0581

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Mayotte is an overseas department and region of France consisting of a main island, Grande-Terre (or Maore), a smaller island, Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), and several islets around these two. The archipelago is located in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa, namely between northwestern Madagascar and northeastern Mozambique. Mayotte’s area is 374 square kilometres (144 sq mi) and, with its 212,645 people, is very densely populated at 569 per km² (1,473 per sq mi).
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From Mayotte
Travel from July 1 to July 11
Thanks Abdou !

SHERATON HOTEL (DOHA) _ 0580

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Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel run by the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts overlooking the Persian Gulf in the West Bay area of Doha, Qatar.Located approximately 2 miles northwest of the port area, it reportedly covers an area of around 10,000 square metres. The hotel reportedly cost around $100 million to build, and although built by an American company, it was subsidized by the Qatari government.
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From Doha, Qatar
Travel from may 22 to July 11
Thanks Ivy !

KAMUIWAKKA WATERFALL, SHIRETOKO PENINSULA _ 0578

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The Kamuiwakka Waterfall was a pretty well-known rotemburo (hot springs waterfall) deep in the wild Shiretoko National Park. The fact that it was a thermal springs-fed waterfall made it stand out from the rest of the waterfalls we had seen in Japan so far. Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t experience the onsen aspect of this rotemburo as the only way we were able to experience this waterfall was by boat. Had we been able to do this waterfall both ways, we would’ve bumped up the rating score of this waterfall for sure.
http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
Thanks Noriko !

FLAG OF JAPAN (INCLUDE MAP) _ 0577

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The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a large red disc (representing the sun) in the center. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗?, “sun-mark flag”) in Japanese, but is more commonly known as Hinomaru (日の丸?, “circle of the sun”).
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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
Thanks Noriko !

MIYAKO ODORI, GION KYOTO _ 0576

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Each spring the geisha community of Gion in Kyoto puts on a spectacular dance known as the Miyako Odori. Shows are held several times a day throughout April at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo. Timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, the ceremony is an absolute must see!
Senior geishas play their shamisen at the side stages and young geishas act the play of the year. There are eight scenes and two to five geishas act in a scene. In the final scene, all geishas, twenty or more, dance on the stage. It’s amazing.
http://www.visitkansai.com/

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
Thanks Noriko !