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Yakushima free-stay takes some fearful turns

Feb 5, 2012

Yakushima free-stay takes some fearful turns

"Oh, if you want to pee you can just do it out the front door," my host Yuki says as he gives me an introductory tour of the house and points out the powder room — merely a pit with a long drop and ...

You don't need to be bbarking to wwoof

Nov 6, 2011

You don't need to be bbarking to wwoof

Through the glass doors of the spartan arrivals hall in the airport on Miyako Island, I caught a glimpse of a slightly frail looking man who I figured was the guy I had exchanged a few basic emails with to arrange my trip. From his ...

'A Portrait of Venice: A Story of a Thousand Years'

/ Sep 16, 2011

"A Portrait of Venice: A Story of a Thousand Years"

The many meandering canals of Venice and the city's history as the capital of the Venetian Republic, which existed for more than 1,000 years, are the subject of this exploration of the famous Italian city's past. From the 7th-17th century, the Venetian Republic amassed an ...

'Masterpieces of the Kabuki-za Theater Collection'

/ Sep 16, 2011

"Masterpieces of the Kabuki-za Theater Collection"

This year celebrates the 60th anniversary since Tokyo's Kabuki-za, Japan's principal kabuki theater, was rebuilt after being severely damaged during World War II. The theater is now going through a 21st-century architectural makeover and set to reopen in 2013. As kabuki fans patiently wait, Tokyo's ...

/ Sep 16, 2011

Dance piece examines future without morals

Arguably Japan's foremost boundary-pushing dance group — Dance Hardcore — led by dancer and choreographer Kakuya Ohashi, will be putting on their latest performance, "Outflows," in Tokyo this weekend. The performance will take place at Tokyo's Komaba Agora Theater, a stage that has become synonymous ...

'Nobuyoshi Araki 'Higan' '

Sep 8, 2011

"Nobuyoshi Araki 'Higan' "

Rat Hole GalleryCloses Sept. 25 The Rat Hole Gallery by definition of its name is quite tricky to find, hidden as it is in a basement on a backstreet of Tokyo's Omotesando area. It may be small and concealed, but it clearly still has quite ...