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Praying for Pretty in Kyoto

Gail Nakada | Posted 07.18.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Praying and buying charms at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines famous for lucky attributes are Japanese rites of passage at every stage of life. Given our passion for pretty, why should beauty be any exception? For centuries, women (and men) have sought a spiritual cosmetic boost from two famous Kyoto shrines: Kawai Jinja and Utsukushi Gozensha.

Japan: 13 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

Paula Froelich | Posted 06.14.2016 | Travel
Paula Froelich

The land of the rising sun has seen a dramatic increase in tourism over the past year with Americans flocking to its islands in record numbers. While ...

Kimono Cosplay Transforms Kyoto

Gail Nakada | Posted 05.09.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

The streets, temples and shrines of magnificent Kyoto are once again full of kimono-clad beauties and dashing men in traditional wear and it's all thanks to tourists.

Kyoto Kiss and Tell: Love Shrines Pt. 2

Gail Nakada | Posted 03.14.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Votive tablets at Kyoto's Yasaka Jinja send love wishes on their celestial flight path. Photo by Gail Nakada. History and beauty are not the only rea...

Kyoto Kiss and Tell: The City's Best Love Shrines

Gail Nakada | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

History and beauty are not the only reasons Japanese choose which of the hundreds of temples and shrines to put on their Kyoto to-do lists. For centuries (and longer) certain shrines have made a reputation for themselves as especially lucky in love.

Wanted: Good News (No Plan B)

Beth Blatt | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Beth Blatt

Is anyone else fed up with how "the news" is dominated by stories that provoke fear, panic and paranoia?

Zen Rock Gardens

Kenneth Kraft | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Kenneth Kraft

Rocks have long been venerated in China, Korea, and Japan. A rock might stand out because of its beauty, unusual shape, or resemblance to a mountain. In Japan, distinctive rocks were believed to be inhabited by kami, spiritual forces/beings inherent in nature.

Japan's Hidden Gems: Kyushu, Hot Springs, Tea Ceremony and Sumo Wrestling

David Code | Posted 12.11.2015 | Travel
David Code

One of the fondest memories of my three years living in Japan was a hot springs pool in the mountains. My Tokyo girlfriend took me to a quaint old ...

Buddhist Priest Invites Same-Sex Couples To Marry At His Temple

HuffPost Japan | Sara Elkamel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

Same-sex marriages are not legal in Japan. However, there is a Japanese Buddhist temple where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and member...

A Rainbow Rises Over Nintendo HQ After CEO's Death

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 07.15.2015 | Technology

Satoru Iwata, the president and CEO of Nintendo, died of cancer on Saturday at the age of 55. Colleagues and fans remembered him as a gaming visionary...

Tourists Cross a Cartoon Divide at Kyoto Manga Museum

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Travel sometimes provides me with an opportunity to explore a subject I might otherwise never think about -- exposing me to tiny nuggets that accumulate to create a bridge across a cultural divide. When I write, "you have to see it to understand" I mean both the movie and the museum.

Travel The Fiery Red-Orange Halls Of Fushimi Inari-Taisha

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion

When January rolls around, thousands of believers travel to the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan to pray for good fortune in the New Year. ...

Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

Amy Chavez | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill.

Zen Temple In Japan Becomes First To Perform Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion

A Buddhist temple in Japan is offering LGBT couples a place to have symbolic wedding ceremonies -- even though gay marriage is still illegal in the co...

Possible 'Black Widow' Spun Tangled Web Of Death

Associated Press | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 11.20.2014 | Crime

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men w...

Japanese Hospitality

Anonymous Thank Yous | Posted 11.16.2014 | Good News
Anonymous Thank Yous

A few years ago, I was able to make one of my dreams come true -- visit Japan. I had found an inexpensive ticket, and went to the airport floating on ...

15 Amazing Photos Of Daily Life Around the World

minube | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
minube

For many travelers exploring the far reaches of our planet, it's tempting to focus exclusively on the sights, museums, beaches, and bars while overlooking the very thing that breathes life into these amazing places: the people.

Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Winter 2013/2014

SmarterTravel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

If you want to save some coin while seeing the world, winter is prime time for wanderlust -- and we know just where you should go. Here are five awesome destinations where the colder part of the year bears off-peak affordability.

The Stunner Down Under

John K. Herr | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
John K. Herr

In this case, it's the Australian elections. Conservative Tony Abbott led his Liberal-National coalition to a smashing victory over Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Saturday, leaving the Labor Party at a 100-year electoral low point.

On Japan, MC Hammer, and Sustainability

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 09.06.2013 | Green
Zachary Dominitz

I spent my first two weeks in Japan recently, before the latest Fukushima leaks became public, before friends started posting stories on why they'll n...

Top Things to Do in Japan

Viator | Posted 10.04.2013 | Travel
Viator

Most travelers have a list of major sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums, or neighborhoods to explore. But for many, Japan's unique culture is an attraction unto itself and simply being immersed into the unfamiliar is the best experience of all.

How to Spend 5 Days in Kyoto

Viator | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel
Viator

It's been said that you must dig to find the historical side of Kyoto, with its layers of the past nestled here and there among bustling city streets and tall modern buildings. But for me, it felt like the other way around.

Cherry Blossoms: History Behind the Bloom

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Katherine LaGrave

It cannot be overstated that in Japan, the sakura is serious business. But why are the blossoms so significant? Here's hoping you get out and enjoy them this spring -- perhaps, even, with a little more history than before.

I Can See What You're Dreaming

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
Kelly Sullivan Walden

If we can "see" what we are dreaming, then we can see what we are thinking in our waking lives, as well... I think it can't help but be a catalyst to assist us to become a more empathic, compassionate, aware, even... dare I say, enlightened civilization.

Goodbye Kyoto, We Hardly Knew You

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Kenneth P. Green

2013 could well see the year that the UN's lock on international climate policy is broken, potentially allowing for other unilateral or multilateral arrangements to take their place.