Beth J. Harpaz

For Beth J. Harpaz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

Travel May 7, 2016

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

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 ...

Climbing Maine's Katahdin is not for sissies

Travel Aug 1, 2015

Climbing Maine's Katahdin is not for sissies

I don't remember much about my climb up Mount Katahdin 25 years ago. I was young and fit. It was no big deal. But my second climb is etched in my middle-aged mind with twinges of pain, fear and a big dose of humility. My ...

Wander amid art in North Carolina's Asheville

Travel Jul 18, 2015

Wander amid art in North Carolina's Asheville

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 section ...

'Wild' may attract more to Pacific Coast Trail

Travel Feb 14, 2015

'Wild' may attract more to Pacific Coast Trail

More hikers are expected on the Pacific Crest Trail this year thanks to the movie "Wild," according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which preserves and promotes the trail. The book "Wild," which has been a best-seller for nearly two years, led to a small ...

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

Travel Jan 24, 2015

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay ...

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

Travel Nov 29, 2014

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

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 ...

At 45, Sesame Street faces no midlife crisis

Lifestyle Nov 7, 2014

At 45, Sesame Street faces no midlife crisis

You don't get to be the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching "Sesame Street" can still see old favorites such as Big Bird, things on the street ...

9/11 tributes reveal stories behind the names

Travel Aug 23, 2014

9/11 tributes reveal stories behind the names

Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More have come from ...

Revisiting the 1964 New York World's Fair, 50 years on

Travel Apr 26, 2014

Revisiting the 1964 New York World's Fair, 50 years on

You can just barely see them through the window of the No. 7 subway as it rattles into the elevated station in Corona, Queens: a gigantic steel sphere, two rocket ships, and towers that appear to be capped by flying saucers. These unusual landmarks are ...