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FC: My Travels in Asia | By Nicky Manitzas

1: Day 1 Today was the first day of my trip to Asia. How exciting it was! I decided to start by visiting the Safavid Empire. It was interesting to explore their culture and way of life. It seems that the economy of the Safavid Empire revolves around trade, especially of silk. Although they don't have a notably productive economy, the Safavid Empire thrives in other aspects, especially in regions such as art and literature. | Today I also visited a poet of the Safavid, and the writing was magnificent! From the translation of the poem, it really seemed as though Arabic poetry is both sophisticated and original. I can't wait to see what the poetry is like in other regions of Asia as well! In the Safavid region that I visited, there was also a unique type of carpet, that had colored patterns. Oh, how I just can't wait to take one home with me as a souvenir! The people of this region tell me that the rugs are also a contributor to their economy and trade, and that they can be sold as crafts as a way of making money. The Safavid follows Shi'a Islam religion. It is different from our religion at home, but there are definitely some similarities as well. Islam (like Christianity) has one God, and they also have a holy book to worship, called the Qur'an. | Safavid carpet

2: a page of the Qur'an

3: a painted tile | Arabic poetry

4: Day 9 A new week, a new place! As week two of my travels in Asia begins, This is now my second day in the Mughal Empire. According to locals, the original ruler of the Mughal Empire was of Turkic descent, so he was Muslim. But his grandson married a Hindu princess, all the other royalty will have blood of both origins. What a fascinating point of history! The Mughal Empire's economy is somewhat dependent on the trading of cotton and cloths, as well as their rice marketing. In the Mughal Empire, the religion is exceptionally unique, because they have two major religions! This is because of their population, which is mainly split between Hindus and Muslims. So, the people of the Mughal Dynasty are mostly either Islamic or Hindu. | a Mughal miniature

5: Another branch of religion that is becoming increasingly popular here is Sikhism. This religion believes in reincarnation based on karma, just like Hinduism, but very unlike Christianity, which just believes in an afterlife of heaven or hell. How fun it is to hear about other religions and what they believe! Sikhism also believes that meditation is a means of reaching enlightenment. The Mughal art and litureature are both unique as well. A common form of Mughal art was illuminated manuscripts, as well as Mughal miniature paintings. They look so intricate and captivating! The dynasty also has accomplished decent literature pieces, as their poetry is deep and creative. I can't wait to see what China has in store for me! I have arranged to set off again in a few days time. | an illuminated manuscript

6: Day 17 Goodbye Mughal, Hello China! I have just completed day 2 in China, having arrived here early on the 16th. I am certainly impressed with what I see! The Chinese economy is simply blossoming, and all of their quality goods are in such high demand! The porcelain is breathtaking, and they have developed | an assembly line type of system to produce porcelain at a very efficient rate. Not only is China's porcelain in high demand, but they also trade cotton, textiles, silk, and other things! As for the commoners, they can make a living by farming, selling paper, brushes, ink or other hobby accessories, or opening restaurants. It seems that life is good for most right now in China. Although Buddhism is common here in China, Catholicism is increasing in popularity as well! As it just so happens, missionaries came to China along with the Portuguise. I suppose many of the Chinese people must find it to be a rewarding and sensible religion! I have never seen anything as amazing as what I saw today,

7: as I was touring the main attractions of China. I visited... the Great Wall! and it was truly great, there is no denying it. Parts are from five to eight meters high, and there's no telling how far it stretched. Perhaps this magnificent wall never ends! It truly was an amazing sight to see. But this wall is not only for visual amazement. It protects against enemies and intruders, and it has protected them from nomadic people and foreigners in the past. Although I already spoke of it, the porcelain crafts of China are worth mentioning twice, for they are a major part of China's art and culture. Other than porcelain dishes and art, the Chinese are magnificent at writing plays and operas, poetry, and painting. The literature, including novels, is also a form of art that they engage in. China has not failed to impress! | The Great Wall

8: Ming and Qing Dynasty porcelain

9: a Qing painting

10: Day 28 As I said farewell to China, I became excited about the road that lied ahead. However, now that I am actually in Korea, I'm not sure I like everything I see. The Korean Empire has been invaded by the Japanese, and as a result, many aspects of the Empire have been negatively affected. Their economy, art, and political system don't really seem to thrive like some of the other Empires. In fact, they are struggling to stay afloat, and are under control of the Japanese Empire. I suppose things could be worse here, but I was really surprised to see the state of post-war that this empire has come to be in! It's a shame, but at least I have Japan left to visit... If they conquered the Koreans with so much ease, their nation must really be a success! | a map of Korea

11: Day 34 I decided not to spend too great an amount of time in Korea, since things there were worse than I anticipated. Instead, I am now in Japan. And what a fascinating place it is! There is a read that I traveled on that stretches from Edo to the imperial capital of Tokyo. So much trade happens on this well-maintained road that the Japanese economy is an immense success. The manufacturers and merchants here make fortunes! There is so much raw opportunity everywhere I go in Japan, it truly amazes me. It seems like some high-achieving regions of art here are steel-making, pottery, and artisanship, among many other things. Also, since Japan has invaded Korea, they have brought back experts in porcelain-crafting, | which is a highly demanded product right now! While in Japan, I have also tried this marvelous new drink that I believe locals call Sake. It is an alcoholic beverage that is just delightful, whether I drink it hot or cold! As for religion, Catholicism is spreading here, too! I guess the Portuguise and Spanish merchant ships brought over Catholic missionaries to Japan. Anyways, I'm glad I will have enough time to fully explore the currently rich land of the Japanese. Since I have completed my journey through the major Empires of Asia, I think I will be arranging to return home soon. Farewell, Asia! Thanks for a wonderful experience.

12: a painting of a cypress tree

13: a Sake bottle | a map of Japan

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