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Echigo-Tsumari: Creative adventures on the art field

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It’s winter. Inclement weather in December far north of Tokyo should come as no surprise: the farms and forests are normally blanketed in snow. So while preparing for our stay at the “House of Light,” an installation in Niigata Prefecture by U.S. conceptual artist James Turrell, we aren’t deterred when ...

Quality time for mothers, daughters

| Jan 12, 2017

Quality time for mothers, daughters

In order to make the happy occasion of starting spring more special as a university graduate, freshman or new worker, Tokyo Station Hotel is offering a mother-daughter “Spring Celebration” accommodation plan until April 28. This unique offer provides a private occasion for daughters to ...

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

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Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into ...

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

Jan 7, 2017

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

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When Tokyo first hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1964, many Western-style hotels opened one after another to accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors. Now that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is in sight, hoteliers have started to offer Japanese-style accommodation and hospitality ...

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

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“Is the temperature alright for you ma’am?” my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. “It’s perfect.” Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with ...

Explore the cheap and chic sides of Belgrade

Dec 31, 2016

Explore the cheap and chic sides of Belgrade

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Tables with posh patrons spill out of cafes onto cobblestoned sidewalks. Roaming musicians ply tourists for tips against a backdrop of restored art nouveau buildings. Across town, the thump of techno beats keeps the young and well-heeled dancing until dawn. It’s not Barcelona or ...

Greet the new year in style

| Dec 29, 2016

Greet the new year in style

The time of welcoming the new year and forgetting the old one is approaching and the Asakusa View Hotel is offering two ways of spending these special days in an elegant manner. From Dec. 27 through Jan. 9 (excluding Jan. 1 to 3) on ...

Hamburg has become a magnet for foodies, arts

Dec 24, 2016

Hamburg has become a magnet for foodies, arts

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For centuries, the port city of Hamburg was a powerhouse in maritime trade. These days, Germany’s second-largest city is still the country’s main entry point for exotic goods. But it’s also a magnet for foodies, fans of the arts and folks who prefer to ...

Private rooms for intimate gatherings

| Dec 22, 2016

Private rooms for intimate gatherings

The Hotel Century Southern Tower in Shibuya Ward welcomes the new year with a party plan. The offer makes it possible for guests to welcome the new year in a private room on the 21st floor, while taking in a magnificent view of Tokyo. ...

Natsume Soseki and 'The Orient's No. 1 Elevator'

Dec 17, 2016

Natsume Soseki and 'The Orient's No. 1 Elevator'

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What is the top tourist destination in the Kansai region? Is it Kyoto’s geisha district? Is it the temples and bamboo forests of Arashiyama? Is it the town of Yoshino, with Japan’s most famous cherry blossoms? The majestic views from Mount Rokko in Kobe? ...

Buon Natale: Italian-style Christmas

| Dec 15, 2016

Buon Natale: Italian-style Christmas

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is offering delectable Christmas menus at its three restaurants: Italian restaurant Piacere, The Lobby Lounge and Japanese restaurant Nadaman. At Piacere, three different Christmas menus are offered: Natale Brunch on Christmas day, Natale Dinner from Dec. 23 to Dec. 25 ...