In Kawabata's footsteps to 'Snow Country'

Jan 3, 2015

In Kawabata's footsteps to 'Snow Country'

by Dan Asenlund

“The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country.” Few opening lines in the canon of domestic literature match that of Yasunari Kawabata’s “Snow Country” in terms of fame. Pretty much every Japanese person knows it by heart having memorized it ...

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter

Jan 3, 2015

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter

by Mike Corder

As a canal boat slides along Amsterdam’s elegant Herengracht canal, a man walking over a bridge pushes down and pulls up on a bicycle pump. As he does, a model tulip — its flower glowing purple — rises sedately from beneath the water. The ...

Rich fun on a low budget: South Beach side streets

Dec 27, 2014

Rich fun on a low budget: South Beach side streets

by Jennifer Kay

The fashion runway that is Lincoln Road. The skin and eccentricities displayed under neon lights on Ocean Drive. The crowds club-hopping up and down Washington Ave. The main drags of South Beach are on every tourist’s itinerary. And they should be — they’re flashy, ...

Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

Dec 20, 2014

Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

by Mandy Bartok

The two sounds occur almost simultaneously: Just as my cellphone alarm begins its melodious chime to rouse me from sleep, the dark clouds above my guesthouse in the town of Tanabe on the Kii Peninsula burst forth with a pounding rain. Within minutes, it’s ...

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

Dec 13, 2014

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

by Davey Young

The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout most of Japan as Kannazuki, or the “month of no gods.” During this time, Okuninushi, the kami (Shinto god) enshrined at the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine, summons myriad deities to decide the fate of ...