Japan

Tips and Articles in Japan

The woman escorting my husband, Michael, and me to our room at the Mandarin Oriental is visibly less than thrilled: when she opens the door, her eyes widen slightly, almost imperceptibly, but her displeasure is obvious. An electrical panel is ajar...
When illustrator Kate Williamson moved from Pennsylvania to Kyoto five years ago, she turned her artist's eye to the vibrant minutiae of Japanese culture. The result is A Year in Japan (Princeton Architectural Press; $20), a c...
Boston Book: The anecdote-filled Boston Foot Notes: A Walking Guide (Saben Books), by Jane Grossman and Felice Yager, follows five popular beats, from Back Bay to Charlestown. (www.bostonfootnotes.com) Audio: The free Boston Freedom Trail Aud...
Passenger: Shane Mitchell Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Route: Tokyo (Narita) to New York (JFK) Class/Seat no.: Executive (Business)/36H Departure time: Noon Check-in/Boarding My experience at the JAL desk was a study in Japanese politesse, executed ...
You’re sitting in a hip Tokyo cafe, having a fish cake and sake. Your server has been especially attentive, so when the check arrives, you think nothing of pulling out some extra yen and leaving a healthy 20 percent tip. But suddenly things go hor...
Golf | Shopping PALM SPRINGS A getaway for the winter weary, who come for hot days, cool nights, and 100-plus golf courses, Palm Springs is undergoing a makeover. To wit, the Parker Palm Springs (4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.; 800/543-4300; www.thepa...
From Bauhaus-trained architects mesmerized by the simplicity of a tansu tea chest to Japanese beatniks inspired by the anarchic ideals of Fluxus artists, "Tokyo–Berlin/Berlin–Tokyo," at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (www.mori.art.museum; Jan. 2...
Now that iPods are indispensable to travelers, bulky guidebooks are becoming a thing of the past. From downloadable audio tours to free, travel-themed podcasts (episodic feeds produced by DIY narrators), the newest way to embrace an exotic...
Mexico At midnight, those who hope to travel run in and out of the front door 12 times, suitcase in hand. Philippines Villagers bang loudly on pots and pans to drive out evil spirits. Brazil Clans who live on the coast jump seven waves and...
Hotel Alpenhof, Austria Would the von Trapp family have felt at home?Probably not. Adolph Loos's rigorously Modernist rendition of an Alpine retreat, the 14-room Hotel Alpenhof, was envisioned as a sophisticated summerhouse better suited to the...
India Like the luxury house’s 2008 fashion collections, the new Hermès fragrance, Un Jardin Après la Mousson, takes its cues from the subcontinent, with a spicy-smelling blend of pepper, vetiver, coriander, and ginger. Japan Traditional incense ce...
If your idea of a perfect summer day involves an adrenaline-infused rush from a truly frightening ride, skip the kiddie parks this year. The Matterhorn at Disneyland and Space Mountain at Disney World are both great when you’re 12, but they won’t ...
Long the go-to notebook maker for travelers, Milan-based Moleskine (moleskines.com; $17.95) is introducing six new city guides covering Miami, Tokyo, Vancouver, and more. Between the sturdy Italian covers, the books are divided into sections inclu...
It seemed simple: beat the bitter March temperatures—and my jet lag—by visiting the Finnish sauna at the luxurious Hotel Kamp in Helsinki. Just when I felt myself begin to relax, two naked men opened the glass door and stood staring at me, seeming...
Germany Hefeweizen may be the national mainstay, but the 1809 Berliner Weisse is no ordinary German wheat beer: it has a tart and ultra-tangy flavor. Dr. Fritz Briem Brewery; bierkraft.com; from $6. France Brewer Daniel Thiriez crafts his...