The Day I Fell in Love with Kanazawa

February 1, 2019
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Kyoto might not be Japan’s most beautiful city.

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Amid Frozen Farmhouses

January 31, 2019
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I looked down on the strange Gassho houses, which had apparently been built to resemble monks’ hands in prayer.

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Takayama Meltdown

January 30, 2019
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It struck me, as my bus careened through the Japanese Alps toward Takayama this morning, how little snow seemed to be on the ground.

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The Primate Principle

January 29, 2019
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Primates do what they want because they want it—not because they should.

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Kawagoe and Fake Flowers

January 28, 2019
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I had to Google the answer Kawagoe residents have known since at least the time of the Great Fire.

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Winter Glow in Tokyo

January 28, 2019
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When the sun set on yesterday, I was in awe.

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Osaka in Only Two Days

January 22, 2019
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Here’s the knowledge to easily put together a first-rate trip of Japan’s second city.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine at Night

January 17, 2019
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Seeing Kyoto’s famous orange gates lit up in the darkness, wind blowing mysteriously through the evergreens that tower overhead, is nothing short of a magical experience.

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Japan’s Tempura-Fried Maple Leaves

January 8, 2019
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It’s not really cleaf who first came up with the idea to fry a Japanese maple leaf in the traditional tempura style.

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Kyoto’s Sake Secret

December 9, 2018
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The sake town of Fushimi is as central to the story of Kyoto as Arashiyama or Higashiyama—and I hope you’ll take the time to see why.

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