Spring greening in Koganei

| Apr 26, 2014

Spring greening in Koganei

by Kit Nagamura

It’s time to bask in sunshine, birdsong, and blossom-filled breezes. Koganei Park, situated at the center of the Tokyo metropolis, looks like the ideal spot for such a “spring-gasm.” The JR Chuo express train whisks me from Yotsuya to Musashi-Koganei in less than 30 ...

Premium prime rib; sweet treat; flower power

| Apr 24, 2014

Premium prime rib; sweet treat; flower power

Premium prime rib The Los Angeles-based prime rib specialty restaurant, Lawry’s The Prime Rib Tokyo, formerly located in Akasaka, reopened in Ebisu on April 20. The interior was conceived by renowned designers Jumpei Yamagiwa and David Singer, who have created a warm and luxurious ...

Koza: the carbonized city

Apr 19, 2014

Koza: the carbonized city

by Stephen Mansfield

My first glimpse of Koza was a burned out car on a monochrome print I picked up at a recycle shop in Naha. I would see the image again when I visited the history section of the Okinawa City Hall, where there was a ...

Dresden cashes in on German unification

Apr 19, 2014

Dresden cashes in on German unification

by Michael Roddy

American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, a prisoner of war in Dresden during World War II, has a scene in “Slaughterhouse Five” where time-traveling hero Billy Pilgrim sees the city’s firebombing in reverse, with phosphorous bombs sucked back into warplanes. Today, visitors to the German city ...

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

Apr 12, 2014

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

by Mandy Bartok

There are 24 tunnels on the expressway between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi, 23 more than my claustrophobic mother is comfortable with. By the time we pull off at the small city in southern Kumamoto Prefecture that bills itself as a “little Kyoto,” my navigator is ...

Cycling Sayama

Apr 5, 2014

Cycling Sayama

by Mark Schilling

A forested area bordering western Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture offers day-trippers a chance to experience the great outdoors on two wheels.