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Cool down with some classical tunes

Midsummer is known as the season for outdoor rock concerts.  However, listening to symphonies and other orchestral music at an acoustic music hall...

Summer Festival Guide '13

FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL

Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, Cure
If last year’s headliners Stone Roses,...

Photo by Tetsuo Nakahara

Summer Jamming 101

It’s summertime and that means it’s time for music fans to crank up their adrenalin! From now through September, there will be tons of great...

Dancers in full swing at the Omotesando Swingin' Ball, May 2013

It's a swing thing

Back in the 1980s and ’90s, a dance revival was taking the world’s inner-city basements by storm. The Lindy Hop—a Harlem swing dance from the pre-...

Habushu  Photo courtesy of Michelle Madden

Okinawa: A brief off-season visit during rainy season

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Okinawa during the rainy season. Due to it being off-season there were not many tourists and so it was a...

Take time to explore the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. (Photo courtesy of David Hallman)

Japanese Overseas Migration Museum

History buffs looking to escape the crowds and endless shopping near the Yokohama waterfront need only to make a slight detour from the bustle of...

The Hiroshima Castle in all its glory (Photos by Chantelle Silva)

A Walk Around Hiroshima Castle

The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze in the air - the perfect day for a morning stroll....

The hike between Lake Chuzenji and Lake Yunoko over the Senjogahara Plateau in Nikko National Park offers a chance to experience some rare bucolic beauty.

National park offers pilgrimage to relieve stress

It is unfortunate that most military families make Nikko a fast one-day or weekend trip and never travel beyond Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National...

Ann Chizuko Yokota embroidered names of fellow Japanese Americans while she was in an internment camp. About 120,000 people with Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast and Hawaii were relocated to internment camps at desolated locations during World War II after Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor. Chiyomi Sumida/Stars and Stripes

Art sheds light on spirit of Japanese-American POWs

Kaneichi Yamaichi’s wooden nameplate still shines after more than 70 years.

The California farmer was among 120,000 Japanese-Americans...

Get knee deep at beaches near U.S. military bases

For U.S. troops stationed in Japan and on Okinawa, options for a trip to the beach vary greatly based on duty station.

Tokyo’s packed...

Kamakura foliage makes rainy season delightful

June in Japan usually descends with a curtain of rain that can last more than a month. You’ll have plenty of time for sunny days toward the end of...

Miyakojima is famous for its many tunnels and arches.

Miyako jima: A diver's paradise

Not to be confused with Miyakejima south of Tokyo, Miyakojima lies about 300km southwest of the main island of Okinawa. It's a relatively flat...

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