Sweet times on sugar-isle Kohama

Oct 5, 2013

Sweet times on sugar-isle Kohama

by Stephen Mansfield

In our minds, islands should be counter worlds, autarchies unsullied by continental concerns. We should arrive spellbound, leave anointed by their beauty. Wherever in the world you might be, it is virtually impossible to set foot on an island without experiencing the sensation that ...

Solitude is where you find it

| Sep 28, 2013

Solitude is where you find it

by Kit Nagamura

Under cartoon-blue skies washed by early-autumn typhoons, I stand at Sendaizaka-ue (summit of Sendaizaka Slope) in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. Sendaizaka was named for daimyo lords from Edo Period (1603-1867) Sendai, now in Miyagi Prefecture, who maintained a yashiki (suburban home) on the slope that ...

Finnair's CEO on Japan

| Sep 25, 2013

Finnair's CEO on Japan

Finnair held a press conference at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo on Sept. 24 to introduce Pekka Vauramo, who became the company’s new president and CEO in June. Founded in 1923, Finnair is the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland and one of the ...

Crossing the Himalayas through memory to Ladakh

Sep 21, 2013

Crossing the Himalayas through memory to Ladakh

by Lesley Downer

I’m in a small van careering along a rough and narrow road beside a rushing river with brightly painted temples along its banks and craggy peaks towering overhead. We’re traveling in the prescribed Indian fashion — drive as fast as you can and hope ...

Tsushima: a boundary island of Japan

Sep 21, 2013

Tsushima: a boundary island of Japan

by Alon Adika

If you want to get to Tsushima, an island in Nagasaki Prefecture, by ferry, you will have to start in Fukuoka — or a quicker option would be to start your journey in Busan, South Korea. The jet foil from Busan zips passengers across ...

A swim with turtles (maybe)

Sep 14, 2013

A swim with turtles (maybe)

by Christopher Johnson

For snorkelers, there’s perhaps nothing better than hanging out underwater with a hawksbill sea turtle. Safer than sharks, they are graceful and beautiful, ancient and wise. But sightings are rare. Of my hundreds of snorkeling adventures, I’ve only seen turtles, from a distance, in ...