Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan. What’s most terrifying is that it’s only 10km from downtown Kagoshima, a city of around 600 000 people. The worst eruption of the volcano in modern history happened in 1914 when 58 people died. After 1955, the volcano became much more active; eruptions are frequent […]
What’s this photo of Sweden doing here? Isn’t this website called ORIEN.ASIA? Hint: this isn’t in Sweden and this really is in Asia. Find out where it is and explore it virtually at https://swedenmarker.com/2020/12/23/advent-calendar-2020-23-sweden-hills/. Original photo: Gaudi9223, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Link to photo in above-linked web page.
200 years ago, nobody would believe this place would be the site of a great city: it’s a muddy place deep in the jungle at the confluence of rivers, rife with malaria. Indeed, compared to other cities in Malaysia like Penang and Malacca (Melaka), Kuala Lumpur is not as old—it was founded in 1857 by […]