In the Thar desert in Rajasthan there is the famous city of Jaisalmer. If you leave the city and wander in the surrounding desert, you will find many villages of gypsies. People used to a life almost without electricity and where water is one of the most precious assets.
For a Buddhist Monk, the debate is a crucial aspect of his own curriculum. It's used to sharpen their critical skills and test their ability to explain and debate various teachings. The monks train periodically on debating and is an effective means of expanding the mind, increasing mental sharpness, developing analytical capacity, and gaining internal clarity.
In a small village of huts nearby Luang Prabang the women weave using these old mechanisms to prepare souvenirs for the tourists.
This picture was taken on a sidewalk of the old district in Hanoi city. If you can't afford to open a shop, you can work on the street.
A couple of peasants heading back to work on the field, after the break time. The work is hard, the sun is strong, most likely the salary is pretty low, but the mood seems to be good.
During the visit of a village close to Mae Hong Son, we met this old lady making spices in her hut. At the sight of foreigners she was very surprised and she didn't know what to do.. didn't know a word in English but she seemed to say: What are you doing here?
Nowadays the most of Japanese people are not very religious and they go to the temple for praying very few times during the year.. perhaps just once at the last day of the year. The most common religions are the Shinto and the Buddhism that are actually quite similar.
During a festival in southern Japan, I saw an old Japanese summer tradition. It is a cold dish, called NAGASHISOUMEN, which in the past was often served in a particular way. Basically they cut long canes of Bamboo which are used as a slide.