Go feast on morsels of a masterwork

Stage Mar 19, 2014

Go feast on morsels of a masterwork

by Rei Sasaguchi

Audiences at the National Theatre of Japan might be excused for indulging in a little time travel this month as they feast their senses on prime morsels of "Musume Gonomi Ukina no Yokogushi," a masterwork by Kawatake Mokuami first served up at the Moritaza ...

National Jun 5, 2013

Japan decides to drop Kamakura's World Heritage bid

The government decided Tuesday to drop its effort to get the ancient city of Kamakura on the World Heritage list after UNESCO rejected the latest request. The city and the Kanagawa Prefectural Government initiated the decision, which was backed by central governmental entities including the ...

Kamakura disappointed by snub

National May 2, 2013

Kamakura disappointed by snub

Residents, officials and admirers of Kamakura expressed disappointment Wednesday at the decision by an UNESCO advisory panel not to put the ancient city on the World Heritage list. In turning down Japan's request, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS, cited scarce assets ...

The hills of Kotsubo hide the tombs of fallen samurai

Travel Oct 16, 2011

The hills of Kotsubo hide the tombs of fallen samurai

by Kris Kosaka

No matter how warm and sunny the day, there's always a chill in Mandarado Yagura, a samurai graveyard in Kotsubo, right at the boundary between Kamakura and Zushi in Kanagawa Prefecture just south of Yokohama. In this secreted locale little more than an hour by ...

Coming of age in Kamakura

Travel Aug 21, 2011

Coming of age in Kamakura

by Skye Hohmann

When I first went to Kamakura I was 16 and full of wonder and anger and curiosity; a coiled hope poised at the edge of experience. I stood then for the first time in the crowded clearing at the foot of the great bronze Buddha, ...

Travel May 7, 2000

Hayama, Kanagawa: A spring abound with vermillion azaleas

Hayama is a picturesque seaside town located about 4 km south of Kamakura. Favored with a mild climate and scenic coasts, it sports a neighborhood of upscale houses and sophisticated restaurants facing a small yacht harbor. A chain of quiet beaches stretches south along ...