Posts by Ruxandra Tarca 21 results

Charles Dickens Museum: Time Travel in the Heart of Bloomsbury By Ruxandra Tarca

If you are in London and need a break from the big museums packed with tourists, Charles Dickens’ house is an interesting and rewarding choice to make....

Ancient History Reenactment: Terra Dacica Aeterna Interview with historian and reenactor Andrei Pogacias

Andrei Pogacias is a historian and a member of the reenactment group Terra Dacica Aeterna, focused on Romania's ancient history, when the Dacians were fighting the Romans....

Mortal Engines: from Book to Movie By Ruxandra Tarca

In most cases, turning a well-established book into a movie is not an easy task. Especially when the book belongs to a fandom whose members usually examine such endeavors with a very critical eye....

Tips and Tricks to Study Korean by Yourself By Ruxandra Tarca

With all the recent buzz for dramas and k-pop, the wish to study Korean has almost become a natural impulse....

Goryeo Costumes, the Visual Bonus of Korean Historical Dramas By Ruxandra Tarca

Of all Korean historical dramas, maybe the most spectacular ones are those set in Goryeo. ...

The King Loves – Drama Review By Ruxandra Tarca

I have many dramas that I like, but The King Loves was the first one to creep into my soul like this....

Ikedaya Hana no Mai: the Restaurant that Re-creates the Time of the Shinsengumi By Ruxandra Tarca

Are you a Shinsengumi fan? Are you dreaming of having a unique Shinsengumi experience? Then Ikedaya Hana no Mai could be exactly what you are looking for....

Juuni-Hitoe: Refinement in Twelve Layers By Ruxandra Tarca

Nowadays, when thinking about Japan and fashion, we are immediately thinking of Harajuku....

Tenryu-ji, the Temple of the Heavenly Dragon By Ruxandra Tarca

Tenryu-ji was the place where I finally understood why the Japanese people love contemplating nature since very ancient times. ...

K-Star Road, or K-Pop on a Pedestal By Ruxandra Tarca

In July 2012, Psy launched its iconic song Gangnam Style, bringing K-pop into an unprecedented spotlight worldwide....

Storytelling in Cosplay Photography Interview with photographer Bunny Tuan

Bunny Tuan’s cosplay photography is an excellent example of what we may call cinematic photo art. ...

Gio-ji Temple, the Green Haven of Kyoto By Ruxandra Tarca

If I were to describe Gio-ji temple in just two words, those words would be calm and tranquility....

Seoul Palaces: Unhyeongung By Ruxandra Tarca

Unhyeongung was the first of the Seoul palaces I visited and, after seeing quite a few of them, it still is one of my favorites. ...

5 Things To Do While In Seoul By Ruxandra Tarca

Indeed, if you are in Seoul you should definitely try the yummy food, visit the palaces and buy the famous Korean cosmetics. ...

The Kid’s Citadel – comic book recommendation Interview with creator Daniel Horia

Have you ever imagined your childhood as a comic book story, with you as the main character, the absolute star? Yes, many of us did....

Bosozoku, The Myth of a Subculture By Ruxandra Tarca

Perhaps one of the most intriguing branches of the Japanese subculture is Bosozoku, widely known as biker-gangs with violent behavior, who disregard traffic and any other imposed rules....

Sumi-e, or How to See the World in Just One Color By Ruxandra Tarca

In explaining the philosophy of sumi-e, many sources dealing with the subject quote an old Chinese legend:...

Blue Spring, a Requiem for the Lawless By Ruxandra Tarca

I’ve watched Blue Spring three times already, and I still think it is one of the best Japanese movies I have ever seen. Maybe because it’s not your average high school movie, a genre already famous in Japan. ...

Seoul of Foodies and its Culinary Experiences By Ruxandra Tarca

Food is always among the highlights of any traveler and, since forever, it has been one of the best ways to discover cultures. This applies to Korea as well....

One day Trip to MBC Dramia (Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park) By Ruxandra Tarca

One of the most rewarding experiences I had during my travel to Seoul was the visit to MBC’s huge sageuk drama set, MBC Dramia (Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park)....