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Winter is a cold but beautiful time to visit Nikko. A light snow dusting overnight was no impediment to hiking the Takino'o Path.

Tokyo holds sumo tournaments every January. Nobori banners list wrestlers and their sponsors. Kensho banners are used to advertise sponsors of the tournament who place stakes on the matches with proceeds going to victorious wrestlers.

Favorable lighting conditions near dusk resulted in a rainbow over the Arc de Triomphe.

Adjarian Khachapuri is a specialty of Georgia. This is from Laguna restaurant in Batumi. It is a bread boat filled with cheese, butter, and egg. Delicious but on the heavy side.

Fabrika in Tbilisi is a repurposed Soviet-era textile factory that now contains spaces for artists, restaurants, and an enormous hostel. Hopefully Fabrika will become a model for Tbilisi and other post-Soviet cities to put abandoned industrial buildings to good use instead of tearing them down. I recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Shio Ramen or Pipes Burgers and checking out the replica posters and other art for sale at the Black Dog Shop.

Lord of the Rings fans will recall the beacon fires of Gondor, where flames were lit in successive towers along a mountain range to signal war. The Svan defense towers served much the same function. When the Svan came under attack, which they frequently did, beacon fires would spread across the towers signaling a call to arms. The towers also doubled as fortified shelters that non-combatants could barricade themselves within and in some cases would live in as their regular home.

4K Time Lapse of the sun rising over Mestia, Georgia in the Svaneti region. You can see the frost being cooked off the ground by the sun as it rises. Filmed with a GoPro Hero 5 Black.

Timelapses from the hiking trails surrounding Stepandsminda in the Kazbegi area of Georgia. Including the trails leading to the Gergeti Trinity Church and towards the Gergeti glacier near Mount Kazbeg and trails surrounding Ioane Natlismcemeli to the east of Stepantsminda. Recorded with a GoPro Hero 5 Black.