ANA had a tough time this year with the grounding of their shiny new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Recently they've been given the go ahead for test flights and should soon be cleared for passengers again.
If you're a nerd at heart with a yen for Japanese pop culture, then you should spend time in Nakano, Tokyo.
Only in Tokyo can you have your cake and wear it, too! Popular Japanese jewelery maker Q-Pot has branched out into the patisserie business, cooking up the hottest -- and cutest -- new cake shop in the city.
Here in Japan, the rickshaw is back -- part of a nostalgic rush as Japanese rediscover the romance of their own culture.
I don't remember the Eiffel Tower. I have photos that tell me I went. I know I wore a black jacket, which I later lost. My photos also tell me I have seen Ghana's slave castles, San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge and Spain's Gaudí museum, but I don't remember much of those either.
There were wonderful things to see (and eat) there and elsewhere on our trip, but somehow Inuyama made a particular impression as a perfect, and diverse, place to spend a couple of days.
You'd think a bus with a giant black and white panda head on the front and wearing a pink bow would be pretty hard to ignore. But, somehow, the Panda Buses are one of Tokyo's best-kept tourist secrets.
Nearly every neighborhood has it's own poofy pink claim to fame, even naughty Roppongi. On the way to the clubs, stop by Tokyo Midtown. The road at the back and side of the complex has 150 trees that are floodlit at night.
A number of city's are still trying to figure out what to do with the wastelands left by the killer waves.
This March, Grand Central will do its best impression of Tokyo Station, with demonstrations, performances and, most exciting, lots of Japanese food and drink.
If the Park Hyatt is a haven -- spaces gradually get warmer and more intimate as you make your way from the entrance to the reception area -- the Grand Hyatt is a destination; a public event.
In the months leading up to our October trip to Japan, my wife and I looked forward to many things. Right near the top of the list was our return to the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where we'd stayed five years earlier. That, I think, says a lot about the hotel's allure.
We were stopping in London on the way, and our itinerary included summer-hot, urban Tokyo as well as several provincial towns where we expected the weather to be cooler and where we certainly didn't need dressy outfits. How to pack for it all without hassle? Here's the secret.
On the bright side? If you do take the gamble on a dish and discover that the meat you're eating is not quite white, at least it will be delicious.
Anyone visiting Japan for the first time will quickly realize that the shopping experience is something special.
Generation Y is the first to have travel at our fingertips. The opportunities we have to experience other cultures has been multiplied by not only technology, but also by the way the world is viewed.