Nothing is too bright for Ikuchijima Island

Jul 4, 2015

Nothing is too bright for Ikuchijima Island

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Islands can quickly lose their charm when they become attached to land masses. This, mercifully, has not happened to Ikuchijima Island in Japan’s Geiyo archipelago, a cluster of islets in the Seto Inland Sea that, despite its two connecting bridges, feels defiantly detached. Writers ...

Dubai Marina challenges Middle East preconceptions

Jul 4, 2015

Dubai Marina challenges Middle East preconceptions

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First-time visitors are often surprised to discover that beyond Dubai’s atmospheric creekside bazaars and rows of skyscrapers leading up to tallest-of-them-all Burj Khalifa lies yet another dense cluster of ultra-high architecture shimmering like a mirage in the distance. That waterfront city within a city, ...

The custodians of culture in Koishikawa

| Jun 27, 2015

The custodians of culture in Koishikawa

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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 ...

Binge on things with wings at Oshkosh air show

Jun 27, 2015

Binge on things with wings at Oshkosh air show

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...