A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

Travel May 14, 2016

A landscape of life and death in Kyushu

by Mandy Bartok

Despite my short stature, I have to bend nearly in half to enter the underground chamber of reconstructed fifth-century tomb in the Kumamoto Prefecture Decorative Tumulus Museum. The entire tomb is modeled after an actual mound in the nearby city of Yamaga, and inside ...

Hot times in the realm of Mount Aso

Travel Dec 21, 2013

Hot times in the realm of Mount Aso

by Mandy Bartok

I used to think that only Mount Fuji was massive enough to have its own weather patterns, but 1,592-meter Mount Aso in Kyushu proved me wrong. The clear skies and perfect late-September temperatures we were reveling in at the base of the hill dissipated quickly ...