'The Fed' closing an end of an era

Feb 15, 2014

'The Fed' closing an end of an era

by Nick Walker

Of the many Western-style hotels that mushroomed across Bangkok in the 1960s, principally to accommodate large numbers of U.S. servicemen on leave from the Vietnam War (which was raging about 1,000 km to the east), the Federal Hotel was considered the granddaddy of them ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

by Winifred Bird

As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...

Railroading debt into Laos

Feb 8, 2014

Railroading debt into Laos

by Nick Walker

The first time I decided to fly to Vientiane, I was faced with a tossup between a Lao Airlines twin-prop or Aeroflot Soviet Airlines. During the Cold War, when Laos was Southeast Asia’s “hermit kingdom,” these alternatives were literally the only two ways in. ...

Tsuruga: truly a 'port of humanity'

Feb 1, 2014

Tsuruga: truly a 'port of humanity'

by Alon Adika

The man in the black-and-white photograph wore a dark jacket with wide lapels. His hair was cut short and parted to one side. His eyes were directed toward the camera as if he were looking directly at me. I recognized him immediately: Chiune Sugihara, ...

Yanaka neighborhood offers a slower pace

Jan 23, 2014

Yanaka neighborhood offers a slower pace

by Linda Lombardi

The typical visitor to Tokyo envisions a futuristic city of skyscraper canyons and electronic gadgets, but in the eastern part of the city, an older way of life persists. “In Yanaka, you have the history, the tradition, the temples,” says Allan West, who’s lived ...