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For Linda Lombardi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Chrysanthemums are more than just a symbol of autumn

Oct 27, 2014

Chrysanthemums are more than just a symbol of autumn

When Americans think of flowers and Japan, they think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there is a flower for every time of year, and right now, it is the “kiku” (chrysanthemum), celebrated in festivals, shows and home displays. Like the cherry blossom, ...

Yanaka neighborhood offers a slower pace

Jan 23, 2014

Yanaka neighborhood offers a slower pace

The typical visitor to Tokyo envisions a futuristic city of skyscraper canyons and electronic gadgets, but in the eastern part of the city, an older way of life persists. “In Yanaka, you have the history, the tradition, the temples,” says Allan West, who’s lived ...