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TRAVEL February 22, 2017

Four “Little Kyotos” in Japan: Kanazawa, Nara, Takayama and Kamakura

After a few days or so in Tokyo, most visitors to Japan find great relief in visiting Kyoto, which offers many contrasts to the modern megalopolis. Where Tokyo is huge and sprawling, Kyoto is smaller and ringed by mountains, which help a visitor feel oriented. Where Tokyo is all lights and traffic and modern architecture, […]

ARTS&CULTURE September 20, 2016

Who the Geisha Really Were – and Are

As any visitor to Kyoto will soon notice, geisha are not just historical figures. With some luck, a visitor wandering in the city’s ancient Gion neighborhood may well catch a glimpse of one of these exotic, mysterious women as she moves quickly through the area’s narrow streets, on her way to work. But who are […]

TRAVEL June 29, 2016

Introduction to the Onsen

Japan’s position on top of a volcanic archipelago has clear disadvantages, so it’s important to remember one of its great benefits: Japan is home to literally thousands of hot springs, or onsen. The Japanese have a long and beautiful tradition of deep enjoyment of this natural advantage. The word onsen refers to the hot springs […]

ARTS&CULTURE, KYOTO April 26, 2016

Kyoto and the Template of Japanese Architecture

As of 2016, more contemporary Japanese architects have been honored with the Pritzker Architecture Prize than have architects from any other country, save the United States. But for all the sleek, dazzling designs of contemporary masters Shigeru Ban and Toyo Ito, the buildings that resonate most with visitors and Japanese alike are those built during […]