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 ...

Saga touts unknown attractions in tourist drive

Travel Apr 9, 2016

Saga touts unknown attractions in tourist drive

by Supriya Singh

Saga Prefecture has long ranked low among domestic tourist destinations in Japan, but local officials and residents believe this is all down to a bad rap that is quite unearned. The prefecture in northwestern Kyushu, they argue, suffers because it lacks a signature image to ...

Battle of Sekigahara: a war set in stone

Travel Mar 19, 2016

Battle of Sekigahara: a war set in stone

by Stephen Mansfield

The open valley basins of Gifu Prefecture at the very center of Honshu, where the town of Sekigahara lies, were easily co-opted as theaters of war. It's no coincidence, given the martial history of the region, that the town of Seki was once known ...

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

Travel Mar 12, 2016

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

by Mark Andrews

Mount Fuji whizzes by as I drive the Tokaido N700 series shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya. "Don't let the speed go above 270 kilometers per hour," warns Kaori Takagi. I heed the warning, though Takagi is not a shinkansen driver instructor. We are, in ...

Japan's picture ID before World War II

Art Feb 2, 2016

Japan's picture ID before World War II

by John L. Tran

Last year, the number of tourists coming into Japan outnumbered those going out for the first time in 45 years. In absolute terms, it may be the first time that tourism has properly taken off for this country, despite numerous attempts by various ministries ...

The uplifting tones of Okinawan blues

Travel Jan 30, 2016

The uplifting tones of Okinawan blues

by Mandy Bartok

The winter vocabulary of the majority of Japan residents doesn't include the color turquoise. Or aquamarine, azure or the somewhat intellectually pompous "cerulean." This, however, is the palette I attempt to describe with my husband as we turn our tiny rental car onto the ...