Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Kanto

Beautiful Matsushima

December 15, 2017
When famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho traveled Japan in 1689 he found himself at a loss for words when he first saw the hundreds of pine forest-covered islands of Matsushima Bay in...
Photo by Simone Armer

Nostalgic Nakazakicho: Osaka’s hipster heaven

December 14, 2017
Teacup rings, organic granola, water-pipe art installations, and a doll café are just a few of the many weird and wonderful things that await visitors in Osaka’s Nakazakicho...

International Destinations: Luang Prabang, Laos

December 11, 2017
Considered the "Jewel of the Laos Crown", Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is considered the heart of Laotian culture.
People prepare to take pictures in the tunnel of light during a winter illumination event at Sagamiko Resort, Sagami City, Japan, Nov. 24, 2017. While in the tunnel of light, visitors will notice changes in the color of light starting with blue and going to yellow then green. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Sagamiko Resort: Winter Illumination

December 09, 2017
As we move closer to Christmas time, some Americans can recall driving around with their parents to look at Christmas lights when they were younger.
A golfer tees off during a 2016 tournament at Misawa Air Base's Gosser Golf Course. COURTESY OF 35TH FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON

Warbirds soar over fairways at Misawa Air Base golf course

December 13, 2017
“Wild Weasel” F-16 jet fighters screaming overhead are a pleasant distraction for hackers at Misawa Air Base’s Gosser Golf Course.

Hey! Get off base and check out these events in Japan!

Base Info
December 08, 2017
Editor's note: There's a lot of stuff happening off base, so read below and then head off for some fun! (This was updated Dec. 8) The 47 Ronin Winter FestivalDecember 14, 11 a.m.