Go potter in Mashiko

Mar 22, 2014

Go potter in Mashiko

by Stephen Mansfield

If a visitor to Mashiko had any doubts about the town’s dedication to pottery, the giant, iconic stoneware jar that stands near the station ticket barrier, would dispel them. Exiting the station, the large photographic images hanging on the walls — some representing renowned ...

Costa Rica beach offers sustainable tourism

Mar 22, 2014

Costa Rica beach offers sustainable tourism

by Lynn Dombek

A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our extended family of seven, ranging in age from 17 to 55 years old, ranked it ...

JR Nagoya Station: Almost a town within a city

Mar 15, 2014

JR Nagoya Station: Almost a town within a city

by Stephen Carr

Of the 193,000 people who pass daily through the main station of Japan’s third city, Nagoya, most are probably unaware they are in a building with no rival in the entire world. The station complex, known as the Twin Towers, is a Guinness World ...

Island hop to friendly Okinoerabu

Mar 8, 2014

Island hop to friendly Okinoerabu

by Hillel Wright

At the end of March, having reached the age of 70 three months ago, I’ll retire from my post as a lecturer at Okinawa Christian University — mandatory retirement. Knowing this has given me a real sense of liberation in the past year or ...

Scandinavian sampling, Chef's choice course

| Mar 6, 2014

Scandinavian sampling, Chef's choice course

A taste of Scandinavia In collaboration with the Grand Hôtel Stockholm (the only Swedish hotel that is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World) and sponsored by Scandinavian Airlines, the Hotel Okura Tokyo has invited Andreas Askling, executive chef of the Grand ...

Visit Japan's ancient past in urban Kyushu

Mar 1, 2014

Visit Japan's ancient past in urban Kyushu

by Winifred Bird

Back in the late 1970s, the city planners of Karatsu, a fishing community on the northern coast of Kyushu, decided to build a new road. This provided a rare opportunity for local archaeologists. Seizing the chance to burrow with abandon in the densely developed ...