Backstage drama on Ginza's Konparu-dori

| May 28, 2016

Backstage drama on Ginza's Konparu-dori

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A temperate breeze swings through the surrounding willow trees as I pass jewel-encrusted ball gowns in the display windows of Ginza Takaraya, near Shinbashi Station in Tokyo. I’m scouting out Konparu-dori, a street named for the eponymous noh troupe that was gifted land here ...

Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

May 21, 2016

Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

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A pilgrimage route stretching across Shikoku, one of Japan’s four main islands, has recently been attracting more non-Japanese visitors with various cultural and religious backgrounds. Some of these pilgrims view the walk as a spiritual journey, while others want to make the pilgrimage for ...

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

May 14, 2016

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

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Despite my short stature, I have to bend nearly in half to enter the underground chamber of reconstructed fifth-century tomb in the Kumamoto Prefecture Decorative Tumulus Museum. The entire tomb is modeled after an actual mound in the nearby city of Yamaga, and inside ...