Beth J. Harpaz

For Beth J. Harpaz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Night food markets popping up around the U.S.

May 6, 2017

Night food markets popping up around the U.S.

Clouds of white smoke rise into the black sky from outdoor grills. The night air is scented with the fragrances of dozens of cuisines from around the world. Vendors in tiny stalls stir noodles, toss crepes and fill dumplings as lines of hungry customers ...

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

May 7, 2016

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

If you’ve visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you’ve probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s “Emerald Necklace,” the grounds of ...

Climbing Maine's Katahdin is not for sissies

Aug 1, 2015

Climbing Maine's Katahdin is not for sissies

I don’t remember much about my climb up Mount Katahdin 25 years ago. I was young and fit. It was no big deal. But my second climb is etched in my middle-aged mind with twinges of pain, fear and a big dose of humility. ...