Cover photo: Watatsumi Temple, Japan | Photograph by Xu Xiaolin, laif/Redux
A red torii welcomes the faithful to a Shinto shrine in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. The town was devastated by the March 2011 tsunami; most of its fishing fleet was wiped out. The shrine, dedicated to the town's fishermen, was rebuilt after the deadly event.
I loved my grandfather's National Geographic collection when I was a kid. The photos amazed me and set me dreaming about travelling to places far and wide when I grew up. I haven't been nearly as many places as I would like to, but I hope to pass on this quest to discover beauty in nature and adventure with my children.
I have a National Geographic Kids subscription on my iPad and have a quiet smile of pride every time she selects to view the magazine over watching iView or playing a game.
The National Geographic Best of 2013 collection is something I am very excited to sit and talk through with with my daughter. If you haven't introduced your children to National Geographic, take a moment today to flick through these photos and show them some real life magic.
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