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Winter season treats: Discover the culinary & cultural delights in Japan, Falkland Islands

Wear a Kimono and have Tofu in Japan or meet the Penguins in Falkland Islands.

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Updated: Nov 14, 2019, 09.46 AM IST
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It's the most wonderful time of the year: 'Tis the season to travel to warm, cozy places and make memories.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: 'Tis the season to travel to warm, cozy places and make memories.
Winter is coming and if you are looking for a warm, cozy place to visit, you just cannot miss out on these travel destinations.

Don the Kimono & eat the ‘Yudofu’ in Kyoto

Nishiki food market: A vendor watches on as tourists visit his stall at the famous Nishiki Food Market in Kyoto, Japan. Check out the local seasonal produce here.
Nishiki food market: A vendor watches on as tourists visit his stall at the famous Nishiki Food Market in Kyoto, Japan. Check out the local seasonal produce here.

As a visitor to Japan, there is definite chance that you will sport the traditional attire (Kimono for women) and try the elaborate Tea ceremony at some point. However, travelling here in winters can open up seasonal opportunities. Food choices in different seasons boasts of delicious dishes made with local produce. In winters, try Yudofu, a mild soup with soft tofu pieces that are dipped into a tangy soy or ponzu sauce.

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Tourists love to sport a kimono when they walk through the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Have you tried it yet?
Fushimi Inari Shrine: Tourists love to sport a kimono when they walk through the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Have you tried it yet?

Also try Agedashi Tofu, that has deep-fried tofu with hot soy and green onion. During December, do not miss a chance to witness Hanatouro in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Select from the many activities during the 10-day festivities held throughout the Saga-Arashiyama area. Make the most of the The Bamboo Forest Walkway and Togetsu-kyo Bridge that shall get illuminated. Crossing the path during the evening hours here livens up the scenery around.

Say hi to King penguins this season
By the bay: View of Port Stanley’s downtown, Falkland Islands. Its calm and scenic here!
By the bay: View of Port Stanley’s downtown, Falkland Islands. Its calm and scenic here!

The Falkland Islands (have you heard of it?) are considered a destination that’s off-the-beaten track for most. This self-sufficient country in the South Atlantic Ocean with air connections from South America and United Kingdom draws curious nature-loving tourists when it is guaranteed that one can see King Penguins (in the current winter months).
Whalebone Arch: Made from blue whales’ jaws near Christ Church Cathedral in Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Whalebone Arch: Made from blue whales’ jaws near Christ Church Cathedral in Stanley, Falkland Islands.

In fact, there are five penguin species in the archipelago — King, Rockhopper, Gentoo, Magellanic and Macaron. Falkland Islands is blessed with biodiversity including over 25 species of whales and dolphins. Serving as a fabulous cruise destination port during South American and Antarctic expeditions, this location can be on your adventure excursion list soon.

Japanese Sumo Officials Ban Beards: 5 Times Moustaches Had A Close Shave With Authorities

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In a recent move to clean up the image of Sumo wrestling, Japanese Sumo officials issued strict rules for personal grooming, which included a ban on facial hair. Take a look at other times when beards and moustaches had a close shave with authorities.Image: Getty
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