Cruising the waves of Japan's culture

May 16, 2015

Cruising the waves of Japan's culture

by Lesley Downer

As the great ship surges into Tokyo Bay I’m on the prow, hair streaming in the wind, like Kate Winslet in “Titanic.” Wooded crags come into view, dotted with buildings and the odd factory chimney. The buildings are modern, not wooden houses, but the ...

Milan's Expo 2015 seeks to feed the planet

May 16, 2015

Milan's Expo 2015 seeks to feed the planet

by Colleen Barry

Milan’s Expo 2015 world’s fair has heady ambitions, the biggest of which is to devise a plan to feed the planet as it brings together 145 nations to focus on food and nutrition. City officials hope the fair, which opened May 1 for six ...

Dancing on the waves at Miyajima

May 9, 2015

Dancing on the waves at Miyajima

by Steve John Powell

“The mystery of the Orient is legendary . . . it was in the air the moment we stepped ashore in Kyoto, and now in Tokyo it began to envelop us.” That’s how Charlie Chaplin described his arrival in Japan. I’m not sure if ...

Los Angeles' new attractions, old favorites

May 9, 2015

Los Angeles' new attractions, old favorites

by Chrisstine Armario

Mountainside hikes along urban cityscapes. Ramen noodle bars, South Korean tea houses and taco trucks serving every regional Mexican specialty. Sure, Los Angeles is known for classic Hollywood, but these days the city is getting attention for other attractions too. A pack of new ...

Milan's diverse tourist allure

| May 3, 2015

Milan's diverse tourist allure

Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has captured the interest of the world with its dynamism, creativity and innovation. The world exposition has only been held in Italy once before, back in 1906, and even then the city chosen was Milan. At that time, the ...

The alluring lofty peaks of Iya Valley

May 2, 2015

The alluring lofty peaks of Iya Valley

by Mandy Bartok

It’s late afternoon as my family and I motor into the Iya Valley, a remote region of western Tokushima Prefecture. Billed as many things — a lost paradise, a secret hideaway, a rural escape — by the area’s tourism brochures, I find that no ...

East Nashville: the hippest neighborhood in town

May 2, 2015

East Nashville: the hippest neighborhood in town

by Travis Loller

A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the honky-tonks of lower Broadway and a pilgrimage to the “mother church of country music,” the Ryman Auditorium, but once you’ve hit those, consider a trip across the river to Nashville’s hippest neighborhood. ...