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East of Meiji Shrine, west of Jingu Stadium

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It’s a brisk February day, with a neoprene blue and cloudless sky. I alight at Harajuku Station and head northeast, threading narrow alleyways filled with cute guys and kawaii gals browsing boutiques. Full disclosure: I’m in search of the creative marketing agency UltraSuperNew. Its upcoming gallery exhibition, “Blossom Blast” (March ...

Denver's 'Harlem of the West' legacy endures

Feb 25, 2017

Denver's 'Harlem of the West' legacy endures

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The neighborhood was once called “The Harlem of the West.” It’s a place where Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis performed to packed rooms not far from the snowcapped Rocky Mountains. For years, the area served as a haven for black residents who ...

Welcome the season with sushi

| Feb 23, 2017

Welcome the season with sushi

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection hotel in Tokyo, is offering the “Karin Temarisushi” sushi lunch plan — inspired by flower gardens — until May 31. The plan consists of nine kinds of sushi elegantly placed on a two-tiered tea stand, three ...

Enjoying a road trip across southeast Mexico

Feb 18, 2017

Enjoying a road trip across southeast Mexico

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The police didn’t ask for bribes. The roads were safe and fast. The food was particular, yet delicious. A road trip across southeast Mexico offered the perfect antidote to winter: sun, beaches, yummy food, great drinks and amazing sights, from a colonial old town ...

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

Feb 18, 2017

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

The haunting silhouette of Hashima Island, known in English as Battleship Island, rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on Earth. Thousands of men, women and children lived and worked on the island just ...

Cherry blossoms ring in the season

| Feb 16, 2017

Cherry blossoms ring in the season

Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel will hold a Sakura Fair March 11 through April 20 to welcome the splendid season of cherry blossoms. A sakura (cherry blossom) chiffon cake, popular last year, is available again for take out (¥1,800, tax excluded) from March 15 to ...

Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

Feb 11, 2017

Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

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A little north of the massive Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, a slew of scattered residential settlements and visitor sites are pincered between the Torii Station Army Base and an ammunition storage facility situated in Yomitan, a region of the southern mainland, where a ...

Historic ships to sail through North Atlantic waters

Feb 11, 2017

Historic ships to sail through North Atlantic waters

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As the story goes, the training ship Amerigo Vespucci was sailing in the Mediterranean in 1962 when the U.S. aircraft carrier Independence spotted it and radioed: “Who are you?” Came the reply: “School ship Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian Navy.” The Independence answered: “You are ...

Valentine's Day pampering

| Feb 9, 2017

Valentine's Day pampering

The AO Spa & Club on the 37th floor of the chic Andaz Tokyo hotel, an urban retreat nestled in the heart of the city providing personalized care, in Toranomon Hills will pamper couples for Valentine’s Day with a lavish package for two until ...

Exploring Jordan's cultural heritage

Feb 4, 2017

Exploring Jordan's cultural heritage

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I squeezed through the narrow desert chasm just as the early-morning sun lit up the facade of the majestic Treasury building. The structure, originally a mausoleum, was carved from a red canyon some 2,000 years ago, when the city of Petra was a global ...

Disco dancing the night away

| Feb 2, 2017

Disco dancing the night away

Live Disco Night 2017 will take place on March 2 at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, featuring two bands, Ginza Kento’s Bless of G.K. and The Mint Factory. Starting at 7 p.m., live performances of disco classics, R&B, and soul music of ...