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The 'other' Jizo-dori: culture set in stone

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Mention Jizo-dori in Tokyo and everyone will think you mean the street in Sugamo, Toshima Ward, where the silver set combines bargain hunting with visits to the famous stone jizō (bodhisattva statue) there. Walking near Edogawabashi Station on the Yurakucho Line, I pass a less well-known Jizo-dori, in Bunkyo Ward. ...

Wander amid art in North Carolina's Asheville

Jul 18, 2015

Wander amid art in North Carolina's Asheville

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Many cities have transformed their old industrial zones into attractive neighborhoods for recreation, shopping and new small businesses. Nowhere has this trend come to life more gloriously than in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina. The River Arts District is a sprawling ...

Hard-earned peace on Arizona canyon hike

Jul 11, 2015

Hard-earned peace on Arizona canyon hike

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Framed by pitch-black canyon walls rising monumentally on either side of the rushing, rain-swollen Havasu Creek, the night sky burst with snow-white stars and Milky Way swirls. It was the last night of a grueling three-day Havasupai Trail round trip to the waterfalls in ...

Nothing is too bright for Ikuchijima Island

Jul 4, 2015

Nothing is too bright for Ikuchijima Island

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Islands can quickly lose their charm when they become attached to land masses. This, mercifully, has not happened to Ikuchijima Island in Japan’s Geiyo archipelago, a cluster of islets in the Seto Inland Sea that, despite its two connecting bridges, feels defiantly detached. Writers ...

Dubai Marina challenges Middle East preconceptions

Jul 4, 2015

Dubai Marina challenges Middle East preconceptions

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First-time visitors are often surprised to discover that beyond Dubai’s atmospheric creekside bazaars and rows of skyscrapers leading up to tallest-of-them-all Burj Khalifa lies yet another dense cluster of ultra-high architecture shimmering like a mirage in the distance. That waterfront city within a city, ...

The custodians of culture in Koishikawa

| Jun 27, 2015

The custodians of culture in Koishikawa

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Exiting the Nanboku subway’s Korakuen Station near Tokyo Dome, I gaze up at clouds resembling bunches of purple hydrangeas. Directly overhead, a roller coaster car swooshes by, its passengers shrieking, which is a good sign, because, despite its aquatic name, the Thunder Dolphin coaster ...