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Take a Yokohama history tour

May 22, 2018
It took just one hundred and sixty years to transform this sleepy fishing village into the second largest city in Japan. After two centuries of isolation, Japan pressured by...
Photo by Chi-Hung Lin

Beer girls: The belle of the ballgame

May 21, 2018
One of the most unique aspects of Japanese baseball is how fans watch the game. While there are many families at stadiums, a ballgame is also a great social gathering place for...
Carved dragons, which become giant thanks to forced perspective, accessorize staircases at the Yamaguchi Kannon temple in Kamiyamaguchi. (LEON COOK/STARS AND STRIPES)

Bike trail near western Tokyo more about journey than destination

May 19, 2018
If you’re looking for a place to pedal or jog to your heart’s content, a place free of traffic lights and mobs of pedestrians, with more excitement than Tama River’s flat trail, a...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Indoor batting cages for all ages in Yokosuka

May 17, 2018
On a cold day, not uncommon this time of year in Japan, my wife and I had just finished some shopping at a mall near Yokosuka Naval Base. Looking for something else to do on a day...

Clam up and start digging in Japan

May 18, 2018
Clam digging, or Shiohigari, is one of many popular outdoor activities for all generations in Japan from April to the end of June.  For me, it’s an annual rite to dig clams and...

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Base Info
May 18, 2018
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 May 18)