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Kimberly Hughes

Kimberly Hughes, originally from the southwestern U.S. desert, is a freelance writer covering arts and culture, travel, and social features from Japan and beyond. She is also a translator, university educator and community organizer. She can often be found with her laptop in the cafés of the metropolis, and when she is not working/drinking coffee, she loves trying out new recipes with the veggies from her home garden. Besides Japanese, she speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese, and wonders if she will ever be able to wrap her brain around Italian.

Articles by Kimberly

Bakurocho is a little-known name within the lineup of Tokyo neighborhoods, even for long-term residents. Tucked in where the Sumida and Kanda rivers conjoin in the downtown region toward the city’s eastern edge, the…

Located between the dramatic vistas of the wild Japan Sea coast and the imposing Chugoku mountains, the region of Shimane Prefecture brings a clichéd phrase to life since it really does have…

The tranquil time from sunset through dusk, when the sky becomes tinged with intensifying shades of fiery orange-red before merging into the deep blues and purples of darkness, can feel magical anywhere…

Saga prefecture, where you’ll find gleamingly fresh seafood, premium-quality beef and exquisitely fragrant fields of tea and rice, should appear on any Kyushu itinerary. Stretching from the protected bay waters of the…

Green tea and hot spring baths are some of Japan’s most prized resources, and you will find an abundance of both in Saga prefecture’s Ureshino—a city blessed with lush, rolling tea fields…

Saga Prefecture, sandwiched between the bordering prefectures of Fukuoka and Nagasaki, is an excellent base for your travels to the northern area of Kyushu. Your portal for exploration is Saga Airport, which…

As with neighbors anywhere, the Japanese prefectures of Tottori and Shimane are playful rivals. While both are sparsely populated and somewhat regionally isolated by the Chugoku mountain range, Shimane likes to flaunt…

For those living in Tokyo or other metropolitan locales, it can be easy to lose touch with the traditional cycles that often underpin rural life. Reconnect with these natural rhythms in Shimane…