Park preserves home of old zaibatsu family

| Dec 17, 2010

Park preserves home of old zaibatsu family

In the nearly 80-hectare Koganei Park in the western Tokyo suburb of Koganei stands a house that once belonged to the 11th head of the famed Mitsui zaibatsu. The home of Takakimi Mitsui (1895-1992), who is also known as Hachirouemon Mitsui, is one of ...

Kiun-kaku, a touch of elegance in Atami

| Nov 19, 2010

Kiun-kaku, a touch of elegance in Atami

About 40 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train, the city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, has long been a popular hot spa spot, attracting some 3 million visitors a year. A roughly 10,000-sq.-meter compound with stately mansions and a garden, built and expanded by three ...

Diplomat's House a Victorian original on Yamate bluff

| Oct 22, 2010

Diplomat's House a Victorian original on Yamate bluff

Just a five-minute walk from JR Ishikawacho Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line, an old Victorian-style building known as the Diplomat’s House stands on a bluff overlooking Yokohama. The house’s owner was Sadatsuchi Uchida (1865-1942), a prominent diplomat during the Meiji and Taisho eras. The ...

Sankeien silk trader's legacy to the public

| Oct 8, 2010

Sankeien silk trader's legacy to the public

Sankeien, a traditional Japanese garden, is spread over a large area near Tokyo Bay in Yokohama’s Honmoku district. The entire 175,000-sq.-meter garden, which contains 12 precious old structures moved from Kyoto and Kamakura, used to be owned by silk industry tycoon Tomitaro Hara (1868-1939). ...

A taste of Spain in Shinjuku Ward

| Sep 24, 2010

A taste of Spain in Shinjuku Ward

Just outside Wakamatsu-Kawada Station on the Oedo subway line in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, stands an elegant building with cream-colored exterior walls and an entrance with a modern canopy decorated with a motif of grapes. Completed in 1927, the two-story residence was home to Count ...

Royal trappings grace Akasaka Guest House

| Sep 10, 2010

Royal trappings grace Akasaka Guest House

People who visited the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, may have stepped into the old two-story Guest House, which stands behind the 40-story main hotel. The Guest House now hosts a renowned French restaurant, Le Trianon, the Napoleon Bar and several ...

| Aug 27, 2010

The East meets West at Furukawa Gardens

The well-preserved early 20th century Furukawa Gardens in Kita Ward, Tokyo, boasts a British-style house on a hilltop overlooking a harmonious marriage of Western and Japanese landscaping. A Western rose garden sits on the hill and a Japanese garden graces the lower level, retaining ...

| Jul 30, 2010

Modern era gentry's architectural gems

This is the first in a biweekly series appearing Fridays (Saturdays in some areas) that looks at photos and background stories of historic, architecturally significant mansions once owned by some of the wealthiest families in Japan. Near the quiet Shinobazu-no-ike pond in Tokyo’s Taito ...

Macau charms with blend of history and modernity

Jul 1, 2005

Macau charms with blend of history and modernity

As a location where East meets West and with its historic streets blending into the modern city landscape, Macau retains a distinctive, mysterious charm that appeals to travelers. Macau comprises three major areas: the busy city area, which is connected to Mainland China and ...

Aug 13, 1998

Pioneering wildlife center gives hurt birds survival chance

Staff writer KAWASAKI — The nation’s first private wildlife protection center was set up here in April and has since been busy saving birds and educating local citizens about nature. Kunitoshi Baba, 50, a veterinarian with 25 years of experience at an animal hospital ...