Japan

Tips and Articles in Japan

It was back in 1994 when my great-aunt, a legendary figure in children’s books and the publisher of two volumes of poetry translated into English by Empress Michiko of Japan, returned from a visit to Tokyo with an extraordinary story to tell: she’...
Everest, Denali, K2—the very names of these mountains command awe and respect, both from mountaineers who brave the elements to reach their summits and from armchair travelers who are less compelled to try. Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest f...
Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632, commissioned this most famous of all mausoleums for his favorite wife, Mumtaz. One of the greatest examples of Moghul architecture—a marriage of Hindu, Persian, and Islamic design—the Taj sits amid serene...
In the heyday of the British Empire, young Englishmen of privilege would customarily round off their educations with a lengthy peregrination around the Continent—attending opera in Vienna, roaming the Accademia, sketching the Acropolis. The premis...
The latest design from Habitat creative director Tom Dixon: Tokyo Hipsters Club (6-12-23 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 81-3/5778-2081; www.tokyohipstersclub.com) is a cavernous, three-story concept store in the retail mecca of Harajuku. A self-des...
Tony Chi Principal, Tonychi and Associates, New York Adept at setting a scene with backlighting and textured fabrics, Tony Chi (MObar and Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, New York; Skylofts at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas) is currently spearhe...
Paris Le Relais du Parc, at Sofitel le Parc 55–59 Ave. Raymond-Poincaré, 16th Arr.; 33-1/44-05-66-10; www.sofitel.com; dinner for two $170; doubles from $272. THE LOWDOWN It's a rare treat to savor top dishes by two of the world's greatest ch...
Five minutes after you arrive in Tokyo, you're struck by it: this is the most stylish city you've ever been in, a place where fashion is taken so seriously that many of its women and men are themselves veritable works of art. Europe may once have ...
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...