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Thawing out on the stove train through Tsugaru

Travel Mar 30, 2018

Thawing out on the stove train through Tsugaru

In his 1944 semi-autobiographical "Return to Tsugaru," Japanese author Osamu Dazai (1909-48) revisits his native Tsugaru, a peninsula in northernmost Aomori Prefecture and, apart from praising its people, has mostly unflattering things to say about the place. Forty years later, British writer Alan Booth ...

In Kawabata's footsteps to 'Snow Country'

Travel Jan 3, 2015

In Kawabata's footsteps to 'Snow Country'

"The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country." Few opening lines in the canon of domestic literature match that of Yasunari Kawabata's "Snow Country" in terms of fame. Pretty much every Japanese person knows it by heart having memorized it ...