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Thunderbirds to go and meet on high

| Apr 21, 2013

Thunderbirds to go and meet on high

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With a four-day vacation over New Year's, why not head off to the North Alps in search of ptarmigans, Japan's quintessential birds of its loftiest heights.

Dec 3, 2010

Works of songwriter Berlin showcase love, friendship

“I Love a Piano,” an off-Broadway musical penned by famed songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989), is enjoying its first run in Japan. After shows to fired-up audiences in Hokkaido, Aichi and Shizuoka prefectures, the performance will be staged in Miyagi Prefecture on Dec. 5 and ...

Clemens en August's high-flying sales tour touches down in Tokyo

Apr 16, 2009

Clemens en August's high-flying sales tour touches down in Tokyo

Our events are a happening — part social, part business, part elegance,” says retail revolutionary Alexander Brenninkmeijer. Worn by German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, James Bond actor Daniel Craig, members of Scottish rock group Franz Ferdinand and other high-flying A-list clientele, Brenninkmeijer’s fashion label, Clemens ...

Getting high with ease

Jun 13, 2008

Getting high with ease

The goal was a lofty one, figuratively: To climb the highest peak within the Tokyo metropolitan area. But those two words — highest peak — are relative: We’re not looking at an 8-person, 12-day expedition to a remote snow-capped region, equipped with oxygen tanks, ...

Finding the real Okinawa in Yanbaru

Mar 28, 2008

Finding the real Okinawa in Yanbaru

The three baby goats frolicking in their enclosure, hewn out of northern Okinawa’s itajii (evergreen oak) forest, were having a great time. Their open grassy area, set among low hills dotted here and there with tankan (orange) plantations and an abundance of hibiscus bushes, ...

In praise of picture-postcard Japan

Jan 11, 2008

In praise of picture-postcard Japan

As Ana and Roberto, my two good friends from Brazil, and myself gorged ourselves through the multicourse kaiseki dinner at the very pleasant and relaxed Tachibana Shikitei, a Japanese-style inn in Ishikawa Prefecture’s Yamashiro Onsen, I convinced myself that food, when served on quality ...

Out of exile, into a Tokyo art space

Nov 15, 2007

Out of exile, into a Tokyo art space

For artist Morio Matsui, life has almost turned full circle. After four decades in “exile” in France, this currently Corsica-based Japanese artist’s ties with his homeland have strengthened with the opening earlier this year of an art space, Espace Morio Matsui, in Shimo-Meguro, Tokyo. ...

Love you and you're green

Aug 24, 2007

Love you and you're green

It seems that when Amami-Oshima, an island in southern Kagoshima Prefecture, was created, there was just one color left on the palette: green. You get a sense of this uniformity when you fly in over the shallow waters that surround the island: The turquoise ...

An inside track on the Japan Alps

Jun 22, 2007

An inside track on the Japan Alps

As the overnight buses roll into the car park at Kamikochi at six on a summer’s morning, disgorging disheveled and sleep-deprived long-distance travelers from as far afield as Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto, the whole area is already buzzing with people. Tourists staying at ...

Under the lonesome trees

Apr 27, 2007

Under the lonesome trees

Picnic areas. Fishing holes. Camp grounds. Onsen. Hiking trails galore. The Okutama area, with all that it has to offer, might be called the playground of Tokyo, and a weekend visit proves that the great outdoors on the capital’s doorstep is a crowd-puller. Only ...