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Vintage ventures in Tabata Ginza

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The midday sky swirls with typhoon clouds as I set off to explore a little shopping area known as Tabata Ginza in Tokyo’s Kita Ward. I’m thrilled to be in the charismatic company of a third-generation rakugoka (traditional storyteller) who lives nearby. I met Mikio Katsura, 32, by chance in ...

A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

Aug 6, 2016

A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

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The sea in Tohoku is beautiful and cruel. A vast mass that owns the horizon, it shimmers in the sun, abundant and giving, like a mother that charms and nurtures. However, it is also a primeval force, a deep darkness that may swell up ...

Boarding the train to Glacier National Park

Aug 6, 2016

Boarding the train to Glacier National Park

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Chicago skyscrapers faded into green Wisconsin, and as the sun set over the Mississippi River, we made our first vacation decision. We weren’t driving, so yes, we’d have some wine. We then sat back and watched as 2,400 kilometers went by aboard the Empire ...

Hitting Japan's best beaches

Aug 4, 2016

Hitting Japan's best beaches

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The summer is here. You’ve kept your New Year’s resolution and stuck with that diet or new exercise regimen … right? It doesn’t matter. These beaches are so beautiful, nobody will be looking at the people. Usu Beach in Date, Hokkaido Usu doesn’t get ...