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The custodians of culture in Koishikawa

by Kit Nagamura

Exiting the Nanboku subway’s Korakuen Station near Tokyo Dome, I gaze up at clouds resembling bunches of purple hydrangeas. Directly overhead, a roller coaster car swooshes by, its passengers shrieking, which is a good sign, because, despite its aquatic name, the Thunder Dolphin coaster doesn’t run in rainy weather. Optimistic, ...

Binge on things with wings at Oshkosh air show

Jun 27, 2015

Binge on things with wings at Oshkosh air show

by Nancy Benac

You don’t have to be nuts about planes to make it worth your time to swing by Wisconsin this summer and check out the annual mega air show that is much more than an air show. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s largest aviation fly-in ...

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

Jun 20, 2015

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

by Tom Hanaway

It is just after sunset and hundreds of people have gathered around the docking bays of Minamiboso on the southern edge of Chiba Prefecture. As men bang away on taiko drums, dozens of women emerge from a hilltop shrine. Dressed head-to-toe in white outfits ...

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

Jun 13, 2015

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

by Mandy Bartok

Three meters above my head, the rectangular offering box of Motonosumi Inari Shrine seems impossibly out of my reach. For the 23rd time, I wind back my arm and attempt to lob my chosen donation between the narrow slats. For the 23rd time, the ...

Carriages that carried kings get new Lisbon home

Jun 13, 2015

Carriages that carried kings get new Lisbon home

by Barry Hatton

One of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions has a new home for its 110th birthday. However, what’s on display inside has been turning heads for centuries. The National Coach Museum, which offers a glimpse of the fabulous wealth Portugal possessed during the days of ...

War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

Jun 6, 2015

War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

by Stephen Mansfield

Beside their coastlines, there are other insistent geographical features that identify islands. In Okinawa, there is the great escarpment of Tindahanata on Yonaguni-jima Island, while Ishigaki Island has the strangely occult form of Mount Maapee, shaped like a sorcerer’s hat. Iejima Island is defined ...

Oahu's Waimanalo Beach tops U.S. ranking

Jun 6, 2015

Oahu's Waimanalo Beach tops U.S. ranking

by Caleb Jones

As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water. On May 21, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was ...