The ink-stained road: ‘age of adventure’

Jan 16, 2016

The ink-stained road: ‘age of adventure’

If foreign visitors to Japan in the Edo Period (1603-1868) ran certain risks by committing their impressions of the country to paper in a totalitarian state that worked hard to maintain its obscurity, the new Meiji Era (1868-1912) positively encouraged attention. July 4, 1879, ...

Bask in the warmth of Iheya Island

Dec 19, 2015

Bask in the warmth of Iheya Island

I thought I recognized the owner of the Iheya Kanko Hotel, her face fleetingly recalled as it passed over the screen at a Shinjuku showing of the 2012 film “Karakara.” Written and directed by Canadian, Claude Gagnon, and starring the seasoned actor Gabriel Arcand, ...

The ink-stained road: ‘age of innocence’

Dec 19, 2015

The ink-stained road: ‘age of innocence’

The idea of the journey is as old as the literate world. If we read the Old Testament as an edifying travelogue through the Levantine, the great Indian epics as picaresque fables, tales of wanderlust, the descriptive passages contained in these texts are not ...

Nishinoshima: Oki's island of sanctuary

Nov 14, 2015

Nishinoshima: Oki's island of sanctuary

Were it not for the well-nourished faces of the passengers suffused with keen expressions of expectation and purpose, the supine bodies, unpacked food, luggage and blankets strewn across the hard flooring of the ferry’s modern equivalent of steerage class resembled those of a migrant ...