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| Sep 27, 2013

FYI: Agricultural World Heritage status

by Amy Chavez

After our 3,776-meter-tall friend Fuji-san won the coveted UNESCO World Heritage status this year, many people are wondering what site will win the status next? Only one Japanese site per year can be nominated for the award, and recent reports have said the government ...

| Sep 27, 2013

When worlds collide

by Thomas Dillon

My Japanese language skills mostly stink. And always have. Yet it’s an odor to which I’ve grown accustomed. My excuse is that I came here to work, had little time for study and when I found I could get by, that’s just what I ...

Seattle as the city of love?

| Sep 16, 2013

Seattle as the city of love?

by Magdalena Osumi

If you think that “Sleepless in Seattle” was the only love story that the city has ever known, you’ve got a lot to learn. Seattle has many romantic tales to tell. This story wouldn’t have had a happy ending if Anna Morawska, 42, from ...

| Sep 13, 2013

My day at the races

by Thomas Dillon

The surface of the coffee in my Starbucks cup begins its gentle dance, the signal to lift my head. No, this is not “Jurassic Park” and the vibration is not due to an approaching T-Rex. It’s Takadanobaba and the train station quivers with the ...