Beth J. Harpaz

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

'Wild' may attract more to Pacific Coast Trail

Feb 14, 2015

'Wild' may attract more to Pacific Coast Trail

More hikers are expected on the Pacific Crest Trail this year thanks to the movie “Wild,” according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which preserves and promotes the trail. The book “Wild,” which has been a best-seller for nearly two years, led to a ...

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

Jan 24, 2015

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay ...

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

Nov 29, 2014

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

For more than a century, cities around the world have compared themselves to Paris. Many claim to be the Paris of the East: Bucharest, Prague, Istanbul, Beirut and Shanghai to name a few. There’s also the Paris of North America (Montreal), the Paris of ...

At 45, Sesame Street faces no midlife crisis

Nov 7, 2014

At 45, Sesame Street faces no midlife crisis

You don’t get to be the longest-running children’s show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching “Sesame Street” can still see old favorites such as Big Bird, things on the street ...

9/11 tributes reveal stories behind the names

Aug 23, 2014

9/11 tributes reveal stories behind the names

Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More have come ...

Revisiting the 1964 New York World's Fair, 50 years on

Apr 26, 2014

Revisiting the 1964 New York World's Fair, 50 years on

You can just barely see them through the window of the No. 7 subway as it rattles into the elevated station in Corona, Queens: a gigantic steel sphere, two rocket ships, and towers that appear to be capped by flying saucers. These unusual landmarks ...