Ainu culture in Hokkaido's Akan National Park

Travel Aug 25, 2006

Ainu culture in Hokkaido's Akan National Park

by Chris Bamforth

When Japan's Meiji Era (1868-1912) government concluded that the country had a manifest destiny to commence full-scale colonization of the hitherto barely developed northern island of Hokkaido, it set about the task assiduously. Much as with the American frontier, people from other parts of the ...

Dodging tourist traps in Kyoto

Travel Sep 10, 2004

Dodging tourist traps in Kyoto

by Eric Johnston

Ebisugawa has a vast array of small shops that sell dozens of varieties of high-quality green tea and traditional Kyoto sweets, as well as bric-a-brac stores that are a bargain-hunter's dream.