A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

Aug 6, 2016

A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

by

The sea in Tohoku is beautiful and cruel. A vast mass that owns the horizon, it shimmers in the sun, abundant and giving, like a mother that charms and nurtures. However, it is also a primeval force, a deep darkness that may swell up ...

Hitting Japan's best beaches

Aug 4, 2016

Hitting Japan's best beaches

by

The summer is here. You’ve kept your New Year’s resolution and stuck with that diet or new exercise regimen … right? It doesn’t matter. These beaches are so beautiful, nobody will be looking at the people. Usu Beach in Date, Hokkaido Usu doesn’t get ...

Inky points of interest in Tabata

| Jul 30, 2016

Inky points of interest in Tabata

by

Under glowering clouds, I decide to explore the area around Tabata Station in Tokyo. Though recently renovated, the station is one of Tokyo’s oldest depots, dating from 1896. The station offers nifty spots for watching shinkansen trains bullet by, but I take the north ...

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

Jul 23, 2016

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

by

Two domestic hotel operators are shaking up competition in Tokyo’s luxury accommodation market by attempting to make their new properties more inviting for inbound visitors. The first such operator, Hoshino Resorts Inc., has opened a luxury ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) named Hoshinoya Tokyo in ...