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Shikoku: A Traveler’s Checklist

1. The Shikoku Pilgrimage follows the 1,400 km route of the 9th Century Shingon Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi, to 88 temples along the ocean sides and mountains. With staff in hand and donning a...
Bride's Ice Cream, Konpira Shrine

Life At The Top In Shikoku

Soft candy balls of happiness. That’s all I can think about. As I journey up the 1,368 steps of cascading staircases to the Konpira shrine atop Mt. Zozu, I wipe my brow and stare...
Kumano Beef, Wakayama

My Beef With Wagyu

Recently I read “Wagyu Carpaccio” on a restaurant menu. I asked the waitress, rhetorically, cynically, “Where is this Wagyu from?” After checking with the kitchen she returned to tell me, “Canada.” Really? If I...
Kaga Cuisine, Ishikawa, Japan

Kaga: Hot Springs Eternal

The sign reads: “Japan vegetable sommelier’s vegetable juices bring vitality to your life.” There’s even one to make me more handsome. Okay, I’ll bite. Inside Nakamasa, I browse a veritable garden of impossibly vibrant...
Les Saisons, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

Imperial Tokyo

Beneath Tokyo’s neon skyline is a utopia of fashion and gastronomy. Each neighbourhood, a unique labyrinth of shopping and eating, from underground food gardens to vertical cityscapes, offers everything under the sun. A map...

Epicurean Osaka

Once Japan’s centre for rice trading, the “nation’s kitchen,” located at the mouth of Osaka Bay, also has an insatiable appetite. To be good here, restaurateurs have to be great. The massive availability of...
Okinawa Cuisine

Recipe for Longevity in Okinawa

Another day, another diet... but more important than how we metabolize food, is how we metabolize stress. There really is no magic diet for healthy longevity, nor one miracle diet or pill either—but, how...
Ise Jingu, Mie

Mie, Japan

Through all my years traveling in Japan I have never before encountered such a variety of diverse niches as in this forest region called Mie. From the ancient birthplace of the Shinto faith to...

One Day in Naha, Okinawa

Kokusai-Dori, also known as “the miracle mile,” is Naha’s shopping district for everything from electronics to crafts to confectionary. Here I nibble beni-imo tarts, sweet pastries of purple sweet potato paste; and the Ryukyu...
Okinawa

Okinawa: Japan’s Sun-Kissed Archipelago

Adventure travellers and solitude seekers alike gravitate to Japan’s sun-kissed southern archipelago, Okinawa. Driving through pineapple fields, by mangrove forests, and along a majestic shoreline, the island of healthy longevity reveals a tropical paradise. Okinawans...

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