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Oscar Boyd

Oscar Boyd is the Escape, Food & Drink and Books editor at The Japan Times. After graduating from the University of Oxford, Oscar cut his teeth in Fukuoka before moving to join The Japan Times in Tokyo.

For Oscar Boyd's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

A weekend in Sapporo

Travel | A Weekend In Nov 10, 2018

A weekend in Sapporo

For more than a third of the year, Sapporo is buried beneath thick snow. During its warmer months, however, the city shrugs off its winter coat and bursts into life. If winter is uncomfortably cold, then summer is refreshingly cool; Sapporo doesn't suffer from the ...

Kurokawa Onsen: Eat, sleep, bathe, repeat

Travel Oct 26, 2018

Kurokawa Onsen: Eat, sleep, bathe, repeat

Despite its rapid growth in the 1960s, Kurokawa Onsen maintains a charm that effuses throughout the buildings and the narrow alleyways that run down the steep banks to the Kuro River. It feels old, and has escaped much of the overenthusiastic concrete landscaping that ...

An insider's guide to surviving the world of Japanese martial arts

Books Oct 20, 2018

An insider's guide to surviving the world of Japanese martial arts

"Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide," authored by longtime kendo practitioner Alexander Bennett, is part encyclopedia of martial arts — a historical resource tracking the evolution of Japanese martial arts over the last millennium — and part present-day guide to surviving in the world ...

A weekend in Fukuoka

Travel | A Weekend In Oct 18, 2018

A weekend in Fukuoka

Located on the northern shore of Kyushu, Fukuoka is one of Japan's most vibrant cities: It is the fastest-growing city outside Tokyo, it has the youngest average population and has gone to great lengths over the past few years to position itself as Japan's ...

A weekend in Tokyo

Travel | A Weekend In Sep 13, 2018

A weekend in Tokyo

When planning a weekend in Tokyo, be ready to accept defeat: It is simply not possible to see everything. Tokyo remains the largest city on the planet with a metropolitan area that is home to some 38 million people. It is defined by this vast ...

British rockers Reef make a revelatory return

Music Aug 29, 2018

British rockers Reef make a revelatory return

The thriving British music scene of the mid-1990s was awash with techno, Britpop and newer genres like jungle and trip-hop. When Reef burst onto the scene, the group's heavier style of rock must have felt like an actual oasis to some listeners. The band's debut ...

Mount Fuji: Cycling sea to summit for sunrise

Travel Aug 24, 2018

Mount Fuji: Cycling sea to summit for sunrise

Mount Fuji is trying to break me, one hairpin turn at a time. My bike groans with the strain of each pedal stroke and a fine drizzle coalesces into rivulets that run down my skin, cutting a path through the grime of the previous ...