Chasing the ghost of Musashi in Kyushu

Aug 16, 2014

Chasing the ghost of Musashi in Kyushu

by Alon Adika

In the spring of 1645 a man lay dying in Kumamoto, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. He sensed that his time was near, asked for someone to help him into a seated position and tucked his short sword into his belt. This ...

Alone with your thoughts on a silent retreat

Aug 16, 2014

Alone with your thoughts on a silent retreat

by Karen Schwartz

A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn’t speak to him once. They weren’t fighting. They were attending a silent retreat. Berger, 33, a web developer, had attended a number of silent retreats over the past decade. Her ...

Sun-dazed on a distant archipelago

Aug 9, 2014

Sun-dazed on a distant archipelago

by Stephen Mansfield

It didn’t take long for a seasoned group of truck drivers to stake their claim to the best seats in the house or, in this case, ferry. They positioned themselves on tiny plastic seats at the rear of the open deck as the ferry ...

Arts community puts Mineral Point on map

Aug 9, 2014

Arts community puts Mineral Point on map

by Helen O'neill

This tiny town is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets. Whimsical free libraries — handcrafted miniature houses that look like birdhouses filled with books — are tucked into street ...

| Aug 5, 2014

Discount to Hong Kong; dish giveaway; new Jetstar route

Discount to Hong Kong Cathay Pacific is holding a discount promotion, “Premium Eco-Toku Early Bird Special,” for its premium economy class on flights from Japan to Hong Kong. Prices under the promotion are ¥14,000 lower than those usually offered under the Eco-Toku3 campaign and ...

Finding elusive elephants on Namibia safari

Aug 2, 2014

Finding elusive elephants on Namibia safari

by Donna Bryson

Before setting out on a game drive across ruggedly beautiful northwest Namibia, we told the safari camp managers we were happy to take sandwiches. We were intent on finding the notoriously elusive desert elephant, and we didn’t want to waste time returning to camp ...