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Spring training a hit on Okinawa

While fans in Japan wait with excitement for the baseball season to start, teams head off to tropical lands for the spring training. One of the...

The large six-pillar tower and the longhouse are the largest architectural remains of the Jomon period village and stand at the Sannai-Maruyama site in Aomori, Japan, Feb. 2, 2013. The Sannai-Maruyama historical excavation site is located in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan and is one of the largest Jomon Period sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

Sannai-Maruyama: recovering prehistoric history

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Despite Japan's long and rich history, most focus on the nation's participation in World War II or the renowned Samurai...

A woman prays at the Yasukuni Shrine main hall, or Haiden, after passing through the third Torii gate the morning of Oct. 16, 2012. Toshio Suzuki/Stars and Stripes

Place of peace and controversy: Yasukuni Shrine

A day at Yasukuni Shrine — on its grounds and at the accompanying military museum — offers a surprisingly in-depth perspective to both the...

Photos by Kat Nickola

The lure of Tibet

Editor's Note: Once again Kat Nickola takes us on a trip, this time to Tibet. Sounds like she and her family had an experience of a lifetime, so...

Getting there part of the experience at Tokyo SkyTree

Of all the sights, a solitary bird flying by the top observation windows of the Tokyo SkyTree stuck out as a dramatic example of height.
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ASAKUSA: Something old, something new

Editor's Note: Jamie Chevalier and her family had a blast in Asakusa, and she highly recommends others to check it out. So read on, and then...

The Great Wall of China.

CHINA: 'Nothing is forbidden anymore'

It was so amazing to believe this was China: Audis on the highways, Heinekens at the bars, Nine West and Adidas shoes available at non-knock-off...

Pictured left: Wanderlei Silva. Photos: © Getty images

UFC Japan 2013

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Japan last February after more than a ten-year absence. Fight fans streamed into Tokyo from all...

A Buddhist monk looks out from 13th Century Bayon, the last state Hindu temple to be built under the Angkor civilization.

Reap benefits

There are some places you go to escape from the crowds and immerse yourself in authentic local living.

There are places like that in...

Thunder Cove: Honoring the past, always prepared for the present, future

Within Diego Garcia’s 17 square miles of land surrounded by U.S. naval port facilities, a lagoon hosting 12 military sealift command prepositioned...

Museum offers vivid snapshots of Japan’s past

Anyone interested in an in-depth look at the history of Japanese civilization will be enthralled by the amazing exhibits – ranging from the early...

Lessons learned from traveling the world

I thought that living abroad for the majority of the past six years and traveling widely around Europe and Asia during that time would have...

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