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Go wild in the country

If you’ve taken part in a race, chances are you won’t have been overtaken by Elvis, Hello Kitty and a vigorously clucking giant chicken. That...

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo: (03) 3270-8800. Standard room rate ¥45,000.

Home But Away: Take a “staycation” at Tokyo’s luxury hotels

When we think about great city hotels they tend to be iconic destinations in their own right. The Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York, Raffles in...

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FISHBONE Japan Tour 2013

May 31 (Fri) Osaka Shangri-La
Open: 6:30PM Start: 7:30PM
Ticket: Adv \5,500 / Door \6000 (tax included / plus 1drink charge)

Four fabulous days in Saipan

People say that the best time to visit Saipan is when the flame trees are blooming—April through August. We somehow missed that memo. And while...

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La Folle Journee au Japon 2013

Anyone who thinks classical music is too artsy, stuffy or expensive to enjoy is likely to be pleasantly surprised by La Folle Journée au Japon, or...

See Soulja Boy in concert, FREE!

Stars and stripes is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to Soulja Boy's 1 May concert in Shibuya. ...

My son exploring the beach along the Mekong.

Secrets in Laos

The country of Laos has an amazingly intricate history full of kings and takeovers, French occupation and covert missions.  Its ties to the West...

Panel that shows different Noh masks at the Kurokawa Noh Museum

Kurokawa Noh

Kurokawa, a small village in the mountains near Tsuruoka in Yamagata...

Atago Shrine

Atago Shrine

Fire gods reside on mountains and are among the most powerful deities in Japan. They stand as protectors of the cities as well as guardians for...

Tennozu Isle by night is a world away from the social hub of Shinagawa Station just 10 minutes away. Photo courtesy of Toshihiro Oimatsu

Toyoko Inn Tennozu Isle Shinagawa

To the uninitiated, Tennozu Island evokes images of white sand beaches, tropical palm trees and lapping waves, where you can sip a pina colada in...

Residents of Unzen were led by samurai reenactors March 30 in carrying torches through the streets to the temple as the samurai did after returning from a battle some 400 years ago. Kanoukaen literally means "sakura fire party" in kanji and has been going on for at least 70 years. It is just one of the things that makes Unzen a great place to visit. Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Kanoukaen festival in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan

It started with one small flame, then another, then another. Soon, night became day in the sea of fire.

Children laughed as skin began...

The Halema'uma'u crater expels gases and lava at Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii's Big Island. Its most recent seismic activity began in 2008. It contained a lava lake until 1924, when it exploded, doubling the crater's width to a half-mile. Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes

Hawaii's Big Island exploding with activity for travelers

There is a typical Waikiki version of Hawaii involving leis, luaus and tourists swarming the same few blocks of beachfront property.