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How to spend a perfect day in beautiful Hakone

There are endless reasons to go to the small resort town of Hakone, although for me personally it was an urge to spend some time in nature and...

Photos by Rob Zuckerman

My Paradise: Being a ‘gardener’ in Thailand

I have family in Thailand. Not blood relatives, but close enough. I first met my Thai brother when he was studying in the U.S. and we have been...
Photo by Joely Santiago

Majestic Mount Fuji

Seeing the sun set on Mount Fuji is… breathtaking. But watching it and its reflection from Lake Yamanaka is something else entirely. A few days...

Photos by Stacy Roman

My Paradise: 9 food finds on Hawaii’s Big Island

The Big Island is a magical place. You can drive from lush tropical rainforests to dry, arid moonscape-like lava fields within a couple of hours...
"Starry Pumpkin" at the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo.  KAT BOUZA/STARS AND STRIPES

New museum in Tokyo provides a home for Kusama’s enigmatic, fascinating works

Even if you haven’t heard of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, chances are you’ve seen her work — perhaps in a museum, but most likely on social media...

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Shinjuku Gyoen: A beautiful retreat in the heart of a concrete jungle

Living in what is considered a concrete jungle, the city of Tokyo offers numerous gardens and parks for travelers to take a break from the hard...
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

Immerse yourself in Iwakuni: See the attractions, experience culture, meet communities

Looking down at the river and mountains from the observation room atop Iwakuni Castle, I could easily imagine why a feudal-time lord built his...

The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Photos courtesy of Jane Pipkin'

A student’s budget guide to Tokyo

So you have made the decision to visit Tokyo for the first time, great choice! However, you have one slight problem, you are a student still...
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Don’t be mean, travel green

It may be hard to “go green,” especially when traveling. However, imagine how much cleaner your favorite major city maybe if there wasn’t...

MY FAVES: Onsen to soak in

Japan is known as a treasure box of hot springs. In fact, there are 3,084 hot spring sites along with 20,972 bathing facilities located...

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