| Oct 24, 2003

Where time flows slowly

by Chris Bamforth

Some places really do have the image thing sorted out. Mention of the name Kurashiki generally conjures up a warm picture of traditional Japan, a town where life trundles along at a gentler pace than elsewhere. What tends not to be conjured up is ...

Seeking tranquillity in Tohoku

| Apr 20, 2003

Seeking tranquillity in Tohoku

by Dave Atkinson

Nobody goes to Tohoku. The region used to be known as Michinoku, meaning, quite literally, “the end of the road.” Even today, its six prefectures — Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima — are among the least developed for tourism in Japan. However, ...

Some culture with your coffee?

| Mar 23, 2003

Some culture with your coffee?

by Bill Willis

KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. — As orderly creatures, Japanese generally have a fondness for numbers and happily assimilate the world in neat numerical packages. Of these, the triad has always beguiled. Japan has its Three Most Beautiful Landscapes, its Three Imperial Regalia, its Three Plants ...

More than just another Little Kyoto

| Oct 29, 2002

More than just another Little Kyoto

by Bill Willis

Travel around Japan enough and you soon notice how so many places like to imagine themselves as somewhere else. Aomori Prefecture is proud of its “Mount Fuji,” Mount Iwake; Kawagoe likes being called “Little Edo”; and there are so many “Ginzas” in the land ...