Japan's lighthouse legacy lives on in Taiwan

Sep 14, 2016

Japan's lighthouse legacy lives on in Taiwan

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In the summer of 1867, the American merchant vessel Rover, sailing north from southern China’s Guangdong Province, lost its way during a storm, drifted into waters off the southern coast of Taiwan, struck a reef, and sank. While the captain and crew of the ...

Asakusa: in the glow of Nippon kitsch

Sep 10, 2016

Asakusa: in the glow of Nippon kitsch

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Every once in a while, the Japanese have to remind themselves that they’re Japanese. We feel the need to reconfirm that we are part of a long and enduring traditional culture — one which includes kimono, samurai, ninja, eels on rice, and other weird ...

Vintage ventures in Tabata Ginza

| Aug 27, 2016

Vintage ventures in Tabata Ginza

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The midday sky swirls with typhoon clouds as I set off to explore a little shopping area known as Tabata Ginza in Tokyo’s Kita Ward. I’m thrilled to be in the charismatic company of a third-generation rakugoka (traditional storyteller) who lives nearby. I met ...