Five Great Holiday Activities You’ve Never Considered

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Five Great Holiday Activities You’ve Never Considered Do you have a thirst for adventure and contempt for convention when you travel? If the thought of lounging around on a beach for two weeks fills you with revulsion, panic not: there are alternatives. Whether you want to sculpt your body, hone your intellect or nail a […]

Dear Mt. Fuji


Dear Mt. Fuji, I first saw you during the first sunset of 2011—fierce, beautiful. On New Year’s Day, my friend and I walked into the Yokohama Sheraton Hotel and took the elevator to the top floor to see the city stretched below. Beyond the city lights you stood, a symmetrical cone framed by an apricot […]

Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan


  A Small Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan Ana Prundaru There is something magical about children playing outside; mesmerized by little things adults take for granted. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokyo for a summit, I barely saw any children chasing butterflies, or playing ball. Walking past playgrounds and museums with the scope of researching the […]

Finding My Soul in Yokohama, Japan


As a pessimistic, nine-year-old kid that doesn’t travel much, I was nearly blown away with the news that we were going to visit Japan. I was so excited! It was December of 2008, and we were leaving in just two weeks. We arrived to Japan at the airport terminal. As soon as we got off […]

An Act of Mindfulness in Koya-San


I was jolted out of sleep by a panicked feeling, fearful that I had overslept and blinded by the morning brightness that had infiltrated the room through the thin screen doors. The space heater had automatically turned off in the middle of the night and the mountain chill permeated the room. I pulled my blankets […]

Days gone by…on Miyajima Island, Japan

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According to “Nihon Kokujisekikou” (“Observations About the Remains of Japan’s Civil Affairs”), Confucian scholar Shunsai Hayashi’s painfully titled book chronicling his 17th century travels through Japan, Itsukushima ranks among the country’s three most scenic spots. Our own travels did not include the other two locations – Matsushima and Amanohashidate – but my husband and I […]

Kyoto: The tanuki and the temple


We approached the clearing cautiously, snatching glimpses of the abandoned building’s interior through gaps torn in its sliding screens. There were frayed tatami mats covered in a thick layer of dust and a solitary paper lantern hung half-heartedly from the ceiling, its washi paper yellowed unevenly by prolonged exposure to the sun. The evening air […]

The Silver Pavilion in Japan


THE SILVER PAVILION When you visit Kyoto be prepared for the incredible. Here you see the distillation of centuries of refinement, enormous wealth, grotesque egotism, tempered somehow by the urge to art, to some factor we might call beauty that is part of being human, a surprise mutation of our DNA in that tiny fraction […]

Kyoto- fantastic city in Japan


A place that inspires me to spend my time wisely with no regrets is Kyoto, the previous capital of Japan. I think there are three ingredients for the place where we can have a great time with no regrets– the place where we can experience original cultures, the place where we can enjoy in all […]

Trains in Japan: The Good, the Bad, and the Useful

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In Japan, I learned appreciation for the train. The train and I spent hours together: it was the fastest and most efficient way to get to around (without a car, it was my only way). For me, and millions of Japanese people, the train wasn’t just the transportation of choice: it was a way of […]