Listening to the wind on Battleship Island

Oct 3, 2015

Listening to the wind on Battleship Island

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As if from a dream, the island floated over the sea like a terra-cotta dreadnought from a century ago. I’d arrived at Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, and its profile was unmistakable from the deck of my ferry battling high waves and winds. Formally known ...

Circumnavigating joys in Kaminoge

| Sep 26, 2015

Circumnavigating joys in Kaminoge

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Decades ago, I strolled around the quiet neighborhood of Kaminoge in Setagaya Ward with professor Shuichi Kato, the scholar who convinced me to come study in Tokyo. I vividly recollect, on my first day in Japan, encountering the fragrance of tiny orange kinmokusei (fragrant ...

Visiting Warsaw? Essential stops for travelers

Sep 26, 2015

Visiting Warsaw? Essential stops for travelers

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Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw. With nearly 2 million people, Poland’s capital city has been developing fast ever since the once-communist nation joined the European Union in 2004. From skate parks and roof gardens to historic palaces and some of Europe’s ...

Kakunodate town: Looking back on historical charm

Sep 19, 2015

Kakunodate town: Looking back on historical charm

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Despite the fact that we’ve arrived on a weekend, the parking lot along Kakunodate’s river is relatively empty. From our spot under the shady branches, my friends Felicity and Nori and I haul our convenience-store-purchased picnic up to the edge of the walking path ...

Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

Sep 19, 2015

Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

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Virginia is home to more than 250 wineries, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The state’s Middleburg area, in Loudoun County, has two dozen wineries alone, and it’s so close to Washington that it calls itself “DC’s Wine Country.” Middleburg is ...