Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs

by Mandy Bartok

The two sounds occur almost simultaneously: Just as my cellphone alarm begins its melodious chime to rouse me from sleep, the dark clouds above my guesthouse in the town of Tanabe on the Kii Peninsula burst forth with a pounding rain. Within minutes, it’s clear that my plans of spending ...

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

Dec 13, 2014

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

by Davey Young

The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout most of Japan as Kannazuki, or the “month of no gods.” During this time, Okuninushi, the kami (Shinto god) enshrined at the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine, summons myriad deities to decide the fate of ...

Utah ski industry gets jump-start on Vail

Dec 6, 2014

Utah ski industry gets jump-start on Vail

by Brady Mccombs

Skiers and snowboarders traveling to Utah this winter will find the same jagged mounting peaks looming just east of Salt Lake City and many familiar trails at the state’s 15 resorts. But they may also notice a few signs of the significant changes that ...

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

Nov 29, 2014

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

by Beth J. Harpaz

For more than a century, cities around the world have compared themselves to Paris. Many claim to be the Paris of the East: Bucharest, Prague, Istanbul, Beirut and Shanghai to name a few. There’s also the Paris of North America (Montreal), the Paris of ...

Mirei Shigemori: at home with stone

Nov 29, 2014

Mirei Shigemori: at home with stone

by Stephen Mansfield

Between the years 1924 and 1975, Mirei Shigemori (1896-1975) designed more than 180 gardens in Japan, an extraordinary creative output by any standard. If Shigemori was best known as a landscape designer, an artist in the placement of stones, it is worth noting that ...