Bouldering, a remedy to climbing the walls

Apr 4, 2015

Bouldering, a remedy to climbing the walls

by Davey Young

I emerged from Mitake Station, on the Ome Line, just after 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning amid a throng of day-tripping hikers easily identifiable by their heavy boots, seam-busting backpacks and seemingly standard issue trekking poles. Peppered here and there within this tribe ...

Orlando's dynamic culture scene grows up

Apr 4, 2015

Orlando's dynamic culture scene grows up

by Mike Schneider

Long derided as a cultural wasteland, Orlando’s restaurant and performing arts scene has grown up in recent years, and it is starting to attract attention from national arbiters of taste. Wine Enthusiast magazine recently named Orlando as one of the nation’s top wine travel ...

Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

| Mar 28, 2015

Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

by Kit Nagamura

It’s wretched weather for putting out to sea: gusty winds, cloud banks brooding with rain and water spouts, temperatures a micro-notch above freezing and the waters of Tokyo Bay like wet elephant hide. Nonetheless, at the generous invitation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau ...

Whale watching in San Diego all year round

Mar 28, 2015

Whale watching in San Diego all year round

by Bernie Wilson

Once limited to the winter months, whale watching off San Diego is now a year-round activity that comes with a guarantee of a sighting. On a recent day on the Pacific Ocean, it took just less than an hour away from the dock for ...

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

Mar 28, 2015

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

by Stephen Mansfield

On Jan. 17, 1995, as the city of Kobe suffered one of the country’s worst earthquakes in living memory, the rocks, artificial hills and root systems of Soraku-en, a Meiji period (1868-1912) circuit garden, held firm. This was rather remarkable, given the extent of ...

Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

Mar 21, 2015

Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

by Marco Garcia

When we moved to Hawaii 10 years ago, my wife Yukako and I set out to drive the road to Hana on the eastern shores of Maui. Highway 360 was known for gorgeous scenery as well as for hairpin switchbacks and a bumpy road. ...