Koza: the carbonized city

Apr 19, 2014

Koza: the carbonized city

by Stephen Mansfield

My first glimpse of Koza was a burned out car on a monochrome print I picked up at a recycle shop in Naha. I would see the image again when I visited the history section of the Okinawa City Hall, where there was a ...

Dresden cashes in on German unification

Apr 19, 2014

Dresden cashes in on German unification

by Michael Roddy

American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, a prisoner of war in Dresden during World War II, has a scene in “Slaughterhouse Five” where time-traveling hero Billy Pilgrim sees the city’s firebombing in reverse, with phosphorous bombs sucked back into warplanes. Today, visitors to the German city ...

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

Apr 12, 2014

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

by Mandy Bartok

There are 24 tunnels on the expressway between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi, 23 more than my claustrophobic mother is comfortable with. By the time we pull off at the small city in southern Kumamoto Prefecture that bills itself as a “little Kyoto,” my navigator is ...

Cycling Sayama

Apr 5, 2014

Cycling Sayama

by Mark Schilling

A forested area bordering western Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture offers day-trippers a chance to experience the great outdoors on two wheels.

Phuket puts Peranakan heritage back on map

Apr 5, 2014

Phuket puts Peranakan heritage back on map

by Nick Walker

As evidenced by all the Chinatowns dotted around the globe, over the centuries China has seen many of its people seek new lives in other parts of the world. And from about 1400, Southeast Asia was especially popular for Chinese emigrants who had a ...

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

Mar 29, 2014

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

by Ted Taylor

Kyoto’s long history has ensured that it has seen its fair share of giants. Yet few of these legends have marked the city’s physical appearance to the extent of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, despite the man’s reputedly smallish stature. The most obvious of these landmarks was ...