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Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

Nov 6, 2014

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

Tokyo is home to many modern creations: high tech, animation, youth fashion. But in the small crafts shops crowding the area known as Yanesen, you can watch artisans preserving traditional crafts, or updating them. Yanesen, a combination of three neighborhood names — Yanaka, Nezu ...

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 ...