Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

May 24, 2014

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when ...

Beating the summer heat

| May 22, 2014

Beating the summer heat

Summer is approaching and people will soon be hunting for something cold to beat the heat. From June 1, the Hilton Tokyo will hold an original unlimited drink plan called Happy Awa (bubble in Japanese, also a pun on hour) at the hotel’s St. ...

Oya: The town that turned to stone

May 17, 2014

Oya: The town that turned to stone

by Stephen Mansfield

It’s always good to know something about the ground under your feet when you visit a new destination. Geology, in a very real sense, is the foundation of the former renown and wealth of Oya-machi, a town with the dimensions of a village in ...

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

May 17, 2014

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

by Greg Keller

Weather conditions over Normandy had been iffy for days. Showers and wind in the morning gave way to glorious spring sunshine in the afternoon, then electric green lightning storms over the sea at night. We watched the sky and waited for the go sign ...

Takachiho: Gods and gorges in divine Miyazaki

May 10, 2014

Takachiho: Gods and gorges in divine Miyazaki

by Mandy Bartok

The already cloudy sky darkens perceptibly as our car descends into Takachiho Gorge. This area of extreme scenic beauty — carved out of the earth by lava flow from Kyushu’s volatile Mount Aso and further eroded by local rivers such as the Gokase — ...

Ako: trailing the ghosts of Japan's greatest vendetta

May 3, 2014

Ako: trailing the ghosts of Japan's greatest vendetta

by Alon Adika

By noon of March 14, 1701, Edo was abuzz with rumors about what had happened earlier, in the “Great Pine Corridor” of the shogun’s castle. Officials posted wooden signs around the city stating that Asano Naganori, lord of Ako Domain, had attacked and wounded ...