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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Video

    August 1st, 2011

    Spanning roughly 150 x 600 miles, Java is one long stringbean of a volcano-spined tropical island. Boasting the highest population of Indonesia, many of whom are Muslim, its largest cities–Jakarta on the West side and Surabaya on the East–are sprawling, polluted, centers of raw, urban chaos. Yogyakarta and Solo in Central Java rival each other as centers of culture, with regular dance and gamelan music performances and tons of other traditional artistic output in the form of carvings, sculpture, painting, and much more. Endless beaches, jungles and mountains also attract their fair share of foreigners.

    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Video aims the spotlight on musical and cultural life in and around Yogyakarta. The shenanigans begin with a quick glance at raw street musicians on the main drag in town, Jalon Malioboro. Next up, a few Wayang Kulit shadow puppets float into view, followed by a sprightly gamelan orchestra and Wayang Kulit shadow puppet play at the Sono Budoyo Museum. Next morning, we peel ourselves out of bed for an early morning visit to Borobudur, a giant Buddhist temple that’s bigger than a city block and taller than Godzilla. It was built back in the ninth century, when Buddhism reigned as Java’s primary religion. A violent Wayang Golek wooden puppet play with another chiming gamelan orchestra goes down at the Sultan’s Palace, followed by the super-colorful Ramayana Ballet at Purawisata. The video closes with a visit to the serene Taman Sari water palace, and musical instruments under fiery construction at a gamelan foundry in Bentuyang.

    For tons of photos and a detailed travel journal, visit the Tropical Punch Tour page.


    Tropical Punch Tour: The End

    September 12th, 2010

    Sunday, September 12, 2010
    Bangkok, Thailand

    After three and a half months, the Tropical Punch Tour has finally come to an end as I fly back home to the United States. Thank you to the people of…

    Bali
    A member of the Sekehe Gong Panca Artha troupe performs the Legong dance at Ubud Palace in Ubud, Bali.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 11

    June 21st, 2010

    Monday, June 21, 2010
    Solo, Java, Indonesia

    My nice, clean $5.00 room at Warung Baru in Solo, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 10

    June 20th, 2010

    Sunday, June 20, 2010
    Solo, Java, Indonesia

    Some carved wood figures in the Kraton Museum in Solo, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 9

    June 19th, 2010

    Saturday, June 19, 2010
    Solo, Java, Indonesia

    Traditional sarong weaving in Solo, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 8

    June 18th, 2010

    Friday, June 18, 2010
    Solo, Java, Indonesia

    On the train from Yogyakarta to Solo, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 7

    June 17th, 2010

    Thursday, June 17, 2010
    Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

    Bootleg eS jacket in Yogyakarta, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 5

    June 15th, 2010

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

    Yummy banana pancake breakfast at the Lotus Losmen in Yogyakarta, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 4

    June 14th, 2010

    Monday, June 14, 2010
    Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

    Gamelan at the Sultan's Palace in Yogyakarta, Java.

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    Tropical Punch Tour: Java Part 3

    June 13th, 2010

    Sunday, June 13, 2010
    Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

    Borobudur, a Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java.

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