JR Nagoya Station: Almost a town within a city

Mar 15, 2014

JR Nagoya Station: Almost a town within a city

by Stephen Carr

Of the 193,000 people who pass daily through the main station of Japan’s third city, Nagoya, most are probably unaware they are in a building with no rival in the entire world. The station complex, known as the Twin Towers, is a Guinness World ...

Island hop to friendly Okinoerabu

Mar 8, 2014

Island hop to friendly Okinoerabu

by Hillel Wright

At the end of March, having reached the age of 70 three months ago, I’ll retire from my post as a lecturer at Okinawa Christian University — mandatory retirement. Knowing this has given me a real sense of liberation in the past year or ...

Scandinavian sampling, Chef's choice course

| Mar 6, 2014

Scandinavian sampling, Chef's choice course

A taste of Scandinavia In collaboration with the Grand Hôtel Stockholm (the only Swedish hotel that is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World) and sponsored by Scandinavian Airlines, the Hotel Okura Tokyo has invited Andreas Askling, executive chef of the Grand ...

Visit Japan's ancient past in urban Kyushu

Mar 1, 2014

Visit Japan's ancient past in urban Kyushu

by Winifred Bird

Back in the late 1970s, the city planners of Karatsu, a fishing community on the northern coast of Kyushu, decided to build a new road. This provided a rare opportunity for local archaeologists. Seizing the chance to burrow with abandon in the densely developed ...

'The Fed' closing an end of an era

Feb 15, 2014

'The Fed' closing an end of an era

by Nick Walker

Of the many Western-style hotels that mushroomed across Bangkok in the 1960s, principally to accommodate large numbers of U.S. servicemen on leave from the Vietnam War (which was raging about 1,000 km to the east), the Federal Hotel was considered the granddaddy of them ...