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A winter world of monkeys and men

Feb 28, 2015

A winter world of monkeys and men

My overnight bus from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, packed full of bleary-eyed college students on holiday, rolled into Shiga Kogen around dawn and began making stops along the belt of 21 interconnected ski resorts that make up Japan’s largest ski area. I disembarked toward the end ...

Tottori's golden sandbox and fog-shrouded mountains

Jan 17, 2015

Tottori's golden sandbox and fog-shrouded mountains

The region north of the Chugoku mountains in western Honshu is known as San’in — “the shadow of the mountain.” In Tottori Prefecture, these craggy mountains give way to stretches of fertile farmland that butt up against the icy Sea of Japan. The erratic ...

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

Dec 13, 2014

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout most of Japan as Kannazuki, or the “month of no gods.” During this time, Okuninushi, the kami (Shinto god) enshrined at the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine, summons myriad deities to decide the fate of ...

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

Oct 18, 2014

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

The moon wasn’t out, but a low bank of clouds refracted the city lights and recast them around me as a dingy glow. Only chirping crickets and the occasional hum of a passing car in the distance broke the silence. After looking around to ...

Cheap train to the north with Basho

Aug 23, 2014

Cheap train to the north with Basho

On July 19, the Yamagata Shinkansen debuted a luxury ashiya (foot bath) service. A ticket from Tokyo to Yamagata City, in Tohoku Prefecture, costs around ¥11,000, but 15 minutes in the foot bath car is extra. If Matsuo Basho, Japan’s most well-known poet, were ...