JOJO STRUYS

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE CULTURE -

To Travel … It’s the art of be­ing a sponge – soak­ing up new cul­tures and learn­ing about the world along with its many dif­fer­ent won­ders. It’s also the art of be­ing open-minded be­cause things are so dif­fer­ent ev­ery­where you go. Don’t ex­pect a place to con­form to your way of think­ing be­cause that’s half the ad­ven­ture of trav­el­ling some­where new.

Dis­cov­er­ing Asia … Asia is ex­otic and so rich in cul­ture. It’s so colour­ful and di­verse. For in­stance, the cul­ture, lan­guage, and cus­toms of Ja­pan are unique to Ja­pan and com­pletely dif­fer­ent from say, Nepal or any­where else in Asia. That’s what I find so mind-broad­en­ing about trav­el­ling.

In­trigu­ing ex­pe­ri­ence … When I was shoot­ing Jojo’s Di­ary of Asia, it was a cul­tur­ally unique ex­pe­ri­ence to step into the shoes of a maiko for a day, which is an ap­pren­tice geisha. The make-up was porce­lain white. I hardly recog­nised my­self in the mir­ror! Even the lip­stick does not fol­low the nat­u­ral shape of your lips. It’s meant to re­sem­ble a rose­bud. It was like step­ping into an­cient tra­di­tion. I was fas­ci­nated!

Eat, Pray, Love … I once checked my­self into a beau­ti­ful na­ture re­treat by the ocean to med­i­tate in Koh Pha Ngan

is­land. I then had great Euro­pean food in Paris and fell in love with the seren­ity of Ubud. When I was stand­ing un­der the stars one night, my part­ner sud­denly got on bended knee to ask me if I would

marry him, and I said, “Yes!”

Pot­tery mak­ing in Nepal

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