Whether you identify as sake-curious or you’re a full-fledged sake connoisseur, there’s always something more to be learned about this national brewed drink and its distilled cousins, shochu and awamori. Find inspiration, new flavors,…

Even with Valentine’s Day being in the middle of the week this year, the following weekend still retains an atmosphere of love. For those who couldn’t settle a date on February 14,…

Being a Chicagoan, pizza holds a special place in my heart. It’s a food that pretty much everyone can agree on and basically has become an icon of the city, which led…

“A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly,” sings the silly old bear Winnie-the-Pooh in the song “Cottlestone Pie.” According to Benjamin Hoff in his whimsical treatise The Tao of Pooh, this passage means…

It’s not that easy embracing the simple life, says Alexandra Ziminski. But after reorganizing her life to fit into her Japanese apartment, she has a few tips on how – and why –…

Watching figure skater Akiko Suzuki perform at the 2012 World Championships was like watching a tree sparrow in a blue skirt flit about a snowy hedgerow. At the age of 27, and lacking the…

I always say that you can never truly understand kimono until you experience what it feels like to wear one. The way it’s tied and clipped and padded, and forces a more…

At the request of the mysterious Buddhist monk Tenkai, the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, appropriated the northern Edo homes of three distant samurai lords in order to build the temple Kaneiji. Known as the…

As winter winds blow across the city, it’s time to warm hearts and rekindle the flames. From classic cocktails and chocolates to extravagant meals for two, Grand Hyatt Tokyo has everything you…

The door to 2019 has been flung open and several new eras for Japan have been ushered in along with it — another year of the zodiac boar, the year that Sony…

When Tokugawa Iemochi’s fiancé died in 1861, the shogunate needed another member of the Imperial Court to be the heir apparent’s lawfully wedded wife. Princess Kazu was selected. However she was already betrothed to another prince,…

Making the decision to move to Japan can be a tough one, and once finally biting the bullet, you begin preparing for the unexpected. But that needn’t always be the case. As…