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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

In his quest to give a voice to the natural world, sculptor Keiji Ujiie’s decades-long career has taken him from his native Gunma Prefecture to places as far-flung as the pyramids of…

Steps from Kamakura Station, in an area alive with passersby, sits a quiet shop whose proprietors are busy fulfilling a dedicated mission: to reverse what they see as the pending extinction of…

The lesser-known neighbor of Okinawa, the Amami archipelago is situated at Kyushu’s southernmost point and comprised of five main islands, plus several smaller ones. A trip here offers rich cultural exploration, cutting-edge…

Kyushu’s southernmost prefecture of Kagoshima is an enchanting region whose numerous attractions include warm tropical weather, all manner of onsen (fancy a bath of hot sand or mud?), and even a majestic…

Oita Prefecture, the steamy, smoldering land encompassing Kyushu’s northeastern coast, was reportedly named by legendary Emperor Keiko. While visiting the region he was so captivated by its natural beauty that he named…

Nestled in Miyazaki Prefecture’s northwestern corner along the border of Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, Takachiho draws in one million Japanese visitors a year, but is still generally unknown to the foreign crowd.…

Hugged by the Pacific seacoast to the east and Oita, Kumamoto, and Kagoshima prefectures to the north, west and south, Miyazaki Prefecture offers all manner of captivating scenery, along with plentiful food…

Whether it is the untamed grandiosity of its natural scenery, the deeply reserved and yet curious and friendly vibe of its people, or perhaps other reasons altogether, Kumamoto Prefecture has long drawn…