Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
The dark side of the roost
No, it’s not some creature from Star Wars – the Ayam Cemani is a breed of chicken from Indonesia. The pigment of the feathers, eyes and even the flesh and bones is pitch-black. The price of a day-old chick: 199 dollars.
The ravages of time? A portal to another dimension? No – just the incredible work of street artist 1010, who is famed for his clever optical illusions on buildings that make flat surfaces look like cavernous holes.
Until they were banned in the 19th century, monks from the Buddhist Fuke sect wandered the streets of Japan playing gentle melodies on flutes and begging for alms. The sect died out 150 years ago, but their traditions are recreated for special occasions.