Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

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A pilgrimage route stretching across Shikoku, one of Japan’s four main islands, has recently been attracting more non-Japanese visitors with various cultural and religious backgrounds. Some of these pilgrims view the walk as a spiritual journey, while others want to make the pilgrimage for its health benefits or to be ...

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

May 14, 2016

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

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Despite my short stature, I have to bend nearly in half to enter the underground chamber of reconstructed fifth-century tomb in the Kumamoto Prefecture Decorative Tumulus Museum. The entire tomb is modeled after an actual mound in the nearby city of Yamaga, and inside ...

Canapes under the canopy? Paris gentrifies rusty mall

May 14, 2016

Canapes under the canopy? Paris gentrifies rusty mall

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Swapping burgers for lobster souffle and rusty welding for a state-of-the-art canopy roof, Paris’ mayor this month unveiled a $1 billion revamp of the city’s dilapidated main shopping and transport complex, Les Halles. Paris authorities view the building project — which made central Paris ...

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

May 7, 2016

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

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If you’ve visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you’ve probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s “Emerald Necklace,” the grounds of ...