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Golden Silhouette. Male, Maale, Maldives. By Majyd Hassan.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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The Maldives is utterly beautiful. Vacationed there last year and I desperately want to go back. It’s also sinking due to rising sea levels and, according to estimates, will be completely submerged in the next 30-40 years. Hopefully I can revisit it before then.