Hirotada Ototale: No legs, no arms, no limits. Also: Natsumi Hoshi swims for Rio gold, getaways for golden week, Tokyo area guide, the evolution of Cirque du Soleil, and much more.

Climb this staircase and other top reasons to visit Hakone. Also: M83 review, sake beauty secrets, faces of Tokyo’s LGBT community, Hiromi Miyake lifts for gold, best new restaurants.

Beck: Plus nine other festival acts to watch this summer. Chinatown: Explore Yokohama’s more colorful side. “I opened for the Beatles”: Remembering that Budokan show 50 years back. Also: Where to go hang gliding, how to plan a wedding in Tokyo, and meet “King Kohei” - Japan’s Champion Gymnast.

Guess where we’re going this summer: Into the heart of Tohoku. Also: Why you shouldn’t buy a pet in Japan, Q&A with Hibana author Naoki Matayoshi, and Judoka warrior Ami Kondo.

Far from the madding crowd: Secret diving spots, an organic farm, a mountain onsen, and other dreamy gateways. Also: Rediscovered from WWII, change the way you watch TV, summer drinks and a rio sports roundup.

Yukata/Kimono Trend Report: Check out five style-defining brands that are reinventing tradition. Sexism in the City: Will men and women be equal in Japan’s workforce? Plus: The Plight Of The Phantom Pig, Healthy Ice Cream, The Beauties of Akita and Q&A with Paralympics Athlete Saki Takakuwa.