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The walk that made me love Japan

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Acclaimed writer Pico Iyer describes his first walk in Kyoto 26 years ago, when he found understanding between a Shinto shrine and a 7-Eleven and fell in love with the city forever.
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Japan’s bullet train dream team

With 150 million passengers every year, the cleaning crew on Japan's bullet train must use near-military precision to keep it running on schedule.
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Tracking Nepal’s endangered rhino

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Finding the endangered, elusive Indian rhino isn’t always easy, even at Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Even more challenging? Knowing what to do when the 2,000kg creature charges.
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South Asia’s new adrenaline capital

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Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands – a patchwork of waterfalls, craggy peaks and tropical jungles – is challenging Asia’s other great adventure capitals, including Pokhara and Leh.
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Walking the ocean floor in Borneo

With 22 million licensed divers in the world, the underwater tourism industry is big business. But you don’t have to be a diver – or even a swimmer – to get up close to marine life.
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The volcano miners

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The acidic wasteland of the Ijen crater is a world of hard work and danger, where men descend each day into the belly of the fiery pit to live and die by the sulphur they mine.


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