Okinawa, the beautiful group of 160 sub-tropical islands in the south of Japan, is known for its rich history, gorgeous beaches, fabulous food and a warm, laid-back way of life. Recently a group of six people from around the world (United States, Singapore, France, Thailand, China and Germany) were invited to experience the riches of Okinawa first hand while revealing a secret about themselves to loved ones. Each person’s story is told separately in the 6-part video series “OKINAWA: The Secret is Out”.
The first story is about Priscilla from Singapore.
Priscilla brought her parents to Okinawa to enjoy the food and the local culture, before revealing her life-changing career secret to them. While in Okinawa, Priscilla and her parents visited the Makishi Public in Naha, a covered arcade filled fresh fish, fresh meat and fresh produce stalls that line the market.
The Makishi Market in Naha is a spectacular theatre of sights, sounds and flavors in which the leading actors are all women. As visitors enter from Kokusai Street, they are faced with a display of Okinawan cuisine lined up like a colorful chorus line of culinary temptations from tropical seafood, to pork, and simple island vegetables. Hungry visitors only need to step up to the second floor restaurants to satisfy their appetites.
The second story is from Eric from Paris, France.
Eric brought his beautiful wife Isabelle to the beautiful beach town of Kume where they received luscious spa treatments before he revealed his romantic secret to the love of his life.
Kume, which lies about 90 km west of Naha City, is rich in natural greenery and historic sites. Ifu Beach, on the east of the island, and Hate no Hama (features in Video & is approximately 20minute from Tomari Fisherina by Boat), an island made up entirely of wide sandy beaches, are among the most popular spots. Kumejima is where traditional Japanese Pongee – the hand-spun silk, dyed with plant materials indigenous to the islands and used for kimonos – is said to have originated and is still made today. Deep-sea mineral water from this area is also used in food and cosmetics, and a warm 100% deep-sea mineral water bathhouse called “Bade House Kume” is hugely popular.
Upcoming videos in the series include Mara from Germany who wants to tell her boyfriend an embarrassing secret about the night they met at the relaxing environment of Kouri Island and Lucy from Shanghai, China who wants brings her husband to Kariyushi Beach speak with him about a message she found on his phone three years ago.
Visiting Okinawa is easily done, with daily flights from major domestic airports such as the Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Central Japan International Airport (Centrair), and Kansai International Airport to Okinawa’s gateway Naha Airport. Once on the ground are car rentals, bike rentals, tour buses and convenient itineraries are available.
Vulture has created “How to Avenge a Guy in 10 Days,” a hilarious romantic comedy remix of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The next film in Marvel‘s ongoing series, Captain America: Civil War, is currently scheduled to release in theaters on May 6th, 2016.
With the next stage of the Marvel ascendancy coming with the newly teaser’d and ever-so-bromantic “Captain America: Civil War,” we decided to envision a world where the Avengers gave up on the world-saving and just went full romantic comedy on us.
Rashida Jones joins Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to continue their tradition of singing holiday parodies of popular songs. This time they are joined by Queen Latifah and Eric Nally to sing versions of songs like “Bad Blood,” “Hotline Bling,” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” among others.
For comparison, here are the original videos for those songs.
Strongman competitor and Game of Thrones actor Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson (The Mountain) crushed the “Keg Toss” world record at the Giants Live tour in Sweden, a competition that qualifies individuals for the annual World’s Strongest Man contest. Hafthor then went on to take first place for the overall contest.
I took 1st place today at the Giants Live Sweden! What an incredible show and amazing crowd! I wanna thank everyone who showed up today for their support! 2nd place took @johannesarsjo after an warrior fight against me the whole competiton! Great performance my friend! 3rd was the unstoppable Mark Felix! What an athlete! #age50 #Strongman #GiantsLiveSweden
Scottish photographer Alan McFayden of Scottish Photography Hides captured an incredible shot of a kingfisher in a perfect perpendicular dive just a fraction of a moment before entering into the still, mirrored water. This amazing photo took McFayden over six years and over 720,000 shots to capture. In an interview with the Daily Mail, McFayden spoke about how he went about capturing that tiny moment forever.
There are not many people in the world who have got this shot. Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience. The photo I was going for of the perfect dive, flawlessly straight, with no splash required not only me to be in the right place and get a very lucky shot but also for the bird itself to get it perfect. I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session and not a single one of them be any good. But now I look back on the thousands and thousands of photos I have taken to get this one image, it makes me realise just how much work I have done to get it. I never really stopped to think about how long it was taking along the way as I enjoyed doing it but now I look back on it I’m really proud of the picture and the work I put in.
Some other wonderful shots of kingfishers that McFayden was also able to capture.
images via Scottish Photography Hides
Brian Solis, author, blogger, marketing expert, has released his newest book “X: The Experience When Business Meets Design“, the result of over 3 years of studying studying user experience, user interface and visual design. It was with these subjects in mind that he cleverly and deliberately had the book formatted to be the same size and shape of an iPad Air, which changed how he wrote the text.
The shape of the book is an iPad Air. I had to re-learn how to write sentences and they’re grouped in blocks to fit attention windows before white space or imagery is introduced. This is done to promote learning and page-turning. I also translated paragraphs into visuals that mimic what you would see in popular apps. You swear you can swipe and pinch/zoom as you’re reading it. The whole production required a new process for printing. …If I could do this for a book, anyone can do anything. It’s a physical example of what happens when you question everything and re-imagine what else can re re-invented for these crazy times.
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