Gujo-Hachiman: Travel along the rivers of time

Travel Aug 16, 2019

Gujo-Hachiman: Travel along the rivers of time

by Stephen Mansfield

Perhaps it is the gurgling brooks that feed the town's roadside culverts, the colorful, vaguely Pyrenean window boxes, or the friendly, natural disposition of the locals — Gujo-Hachiman seems a place where people's spirits are pitched a notch or two higher than elsewhere.

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

Travel Jan 7, 2017

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

by Stephen Mansfield

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 the ...

Tokyo hotel gets into bed with local artists

Lifestyle Apr 23, 2016

Tokyo hotel gets into bed with local artists

by D.H. Rosen

When building a new hotel, designers would normally consider the artwork displayed on the walls as a finishing touch. But for BnA Hotel Koenji, which just opened in Tokyo's Koenji neighborhood, the artwork definitely comes first. BnA Hotel Koenji, produced by the Bed & Art ...