A Very Vietnamese Christmas

Simon Stanley unwraps the tropical festive spirit, of a very Vietnamese Christmas. Photos by Vinh Dao. Despite being home to a relatively small Catholic community, with the majority of the remainder of the population being either Buddhist or atheist, Vietnam is once again poised to embrace the spirit of Christmas in a big way. With a thirst for…

Waiting for Winter

Simon Stanley heads to the Japanese alps in search of a white Christmas. Photos by Simon Stanley. I must have checked the weather reports three times a day in the weeks leading up to the festive break. The vital component for our Japanese Christmas getaway was gone. December’s early snowfall had melted within days and…