Hopping on the bullet train and traveling two hours north of Tokyo will take you to Tohoku, a group of six prefectures in northern Japan known for its vast national parks, fall…

The events of 2011 have left an indelible mark on the coastal region of Fukushima, but the residents are eager to create a new narrative moving forward. With the Tokyo Olympic torch relay…

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 more than 20 years, Okinawa has nurtured a growing trend toward achieving sustainability on all levels of society. In a rapidly changing world that is still negotiating a pandemic, many Okinawans…

One of the few blessed areas in Japan to be sitting at the foot of the holy Mount Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture is indeed overflowing with abundant nature and long-standing culture. Particularly Izu…

As we carefully plan our post-pandemic travels, personal health and safety remain among our top priorities. Okinawa’s subtropical climate makes it an ideal place at any time of year to take a…

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…

In this age, the home has become the crux of our lives. It’s no longer just a functional place for sleeping and bathing and eating; it is now the workspace, and a…

In 2009, Yuhaku Nakagaki launched yuhaku, a leather goods shop. Before this Nakagaki had studied architecture, evident in the sleek lines and elegance of his new works. His emphasis on color is…

Confession: on more than one occasion I’ve held up the line for softcream, indecisive among all of the flavors. In 1950, when softcream was introduced to Japan, indecisiveness was probably not an…

There is a phrase in Japanese, satoyama, that describes a mountain ecosystem where the fields and wooded slopes engage within the proximity of human settlements. Satoyama, however, is not only a type of…

While the Ichihara Art x Mix festival is a must-see for residents and visitors alike, the city of Ichihara itself is special for its livability, particularly for families. With its proximity to…