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Michael Yamashita  National Geographic Photographer; Author; Keynote Speaker; Workshop Leader; Asia Specialist. Follow @thesilkroadjourney


Join Mike at the 7th annual Dali International Photography/Film Festival, August 19 - 23rd, for his exhibit in Yunnan, on Yunnan. Yi women, known for their colorful and distinctive clothing, prepare a meal in their village near Shaxi. Looks like a Disney production but this is what these Yi women wear daily. And their simple mud houses have no adornment and no furniture save for low benches for squatting. Whatever makes you happy. #Dalifestival #photographyexhibition #Yunnan #China #Shaxi #yiminority #Yi #yiwoman #traditional #traditionalclothes @thesilkroadjourney @supchinanews @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media

Color and culture: the annual Mount Hagan Sing Sing is about to begin. 90 plus tribes from all over Papua New Guinea gather together for song, dance, and showing off in one of the most spectacular and wildly colorful festivals that I've ever experienced. It can take hours for the tribesmen to apply makeup and put on their costumes. #mthagen #singsing #papuanewguinea #festival #tribe #makeup @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @thephotosociety

Join Mike at the 7th annual Dali International Photography/Film Festival, August 19 - 23rd, for his exhibit in Yunnan, on Yunnan. Festooned in prayer flags, Songzanlin is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, often compared to the Potala Palace. #Dali #photographyexhibition #Yunnan #China #prayerflags #songzanlin #Buddhist #Tibetan #monastery @thesilkroadjourney @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @supchinanews @natgeo.media

War games: tanks on a training mission cross a river near Seoul, firing as they go, from my Natgeo story, “Korea’s Dangerous Divide”. Equipped with chemical, biological, and now nuclear weapons, the North has targeted Seoul, with hundreds of artillery pieces, tanks and missiles. Joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises like this one will be staged to coincide with North Koreas threat to Guam beginning next week. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose - the more things change, the more they stay the same. #dmz #demilitarizedzone #northkorea #southkorea #korea @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative

I photographed the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), the heavily armed border between North and South Korea, on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. This was the cover photo from that @natgeo story, Korea's Dangerous Divide - DMZ in 2003, and the caption back then would be the same if published today. "It's another day on high alert and another day of maneuvers for a camouflaged South Korean soldier near the DMZ." We are technically still at war with North Korea as no final peace treaty has ever been signed. #korea #southkorea #northkorea #dmz #demilitarizedzone @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Monks morning meal is consumed in silence in Nong Khai, along the banks of the Mekong River in Thailand. #nongkhai #isaan #thailand #mekong #buddhism #monk @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @thesilkroadjourney @thephotosociety

Shwedagon Pagoda ranks way up there among the world's great religious monuments. It is the most sacred in Myanmar and is the oldest (6th century) Buddhist stupa in the world. Busy at all hours of the day, and night. #shwedagon #Yangon #Myanmar #buddhism @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @thesilkroadjourney

Heading up river in search of a photograph - sometimes you find it right behind you. #Mekong #Luang Prabang #Laos @thesilkroadjourney @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative

@supchinanews - Their slogan says it all - China in 2 Minutes a Day - Proud to be working with SupChina.com, the website that highlights the most important news on China on a daily basis, from business and tech, to politics, culture and current affairs. Terraces of tea unfold along the hillside of the largest tea plantation in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, the number one producer of prized Puer tea.
#xishuangbanna #Yunnan #China #puer #tea @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

How to beat the heat in the Mekong Delta - #mekong #mekongdelta #vietnam @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Dance club moment at the Asian American Journalist Association party at NOTO Philadelphia. Many thanks to friends old and new for a memorable 4 days in #Philly #espnparty #YouAlreadyNoto #aaja17 #aaja #sonyalpha @aajaofficial @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety

First light - fishermen and photographers start their days early - I'm speaking this morning about Instagram at the Asian American Journalist Association convention and this post is part of the program. #aaja17 #Mekong River #LuangPrabang #Laos @aajaofficial @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo @thesilkroadjourney

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