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Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

by Kit Nagamura

It’s wretched weather for putting out to sea: gusty winds, cloud banks brooding with rain and water spouts, temperatures a micro-notch above freezing and the waters of Tokyo Bay like wet elephant hide. Nonetheless, at the generous invitation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Port and Harbor, I’ve come ...

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

Mar 28, 2015

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

by Stephen Mansfield

On Jan. 17, 1995, as the city of Kobe suffered one of the country’s worst earthquakes in living memory, the rocks, artificial hills and root systems of Soraku-en, a Meiji period (1868-1912) circuit garden, held firm. This was rather remarkable, given the extent of ...

Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

Mar 21, 2015

Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

by Marco Garcia

When we moved to Hawaii 10 years ago, my wife Yukako and I set out to drive the road to Hana on the eastern shores of Maui. Highway 360 was known for gorgeous scenery as well as for hairpin switchbacks and a bumpy road. ...

Fukuoka awash with hina dolls, hidden temples

Mar 14, 2015

Fukuoka awash with hina dolls, hidden temples

by Mandy Bartok

My daughter, having a little girl’s predilection for princesses, turns out to be an excellent spotter of kids in kimono. “Look Mama, another one!” she whispers to me and my friend Elaine excitedly, as we make our way down the back alleys of Yanagawa, ...

Burhanpur: India's crumbling treasure chest

Mar 14, 2015

Burhanpur: India's crumbling treasure chest

by Vijay Joshi

It is no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved queen who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. What’s less known is that the white-marbled ...

Sky-high coffee; Dreamliner expansion

| Mar 10, 2015

Sky-high coffee; Dreamliner expansion

Sky-high coffee Cathay Pacific Airways has partnered with illy to offer premium coffee to its first and business class passengers. In addition to freshly brewed coffee from the famous Italian coffee roasting company, passengers can also enjoy illy’s espresso, cafe latte and cappuccino. Medium ...

To honor St. Patrick, climb his mountain

Mar 7, 2015

To honor St. Patrick, climb his mountain

by Helen O'neill

Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding. Here, on this rocky west coast promontory overlooking the Atlantic, St. Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and nights as he wrestled with demons and ...