When eating one's meal, there are a few points to keep in mind, particularly when using one's chopsticks. There are a number of taboos when it comes to using chopsticks, but here are some important ones to remember.
Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) now have their own terminal at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, Terminal 3. As you might expect, it's a bit more spartan than other areas of Narita with a real utilitarian look. Might as well get used to the pared down amenities before you board the flight, right?
Dreaming of a trip to Tokyo? Cherry blossoms, Ginza, Harajuku, the temples and shrines, Cos Play posers and that psychedelic Robot Restaurants you've heard so much about... You're not the only one. Tokyo is a top destination for Japanese travelers, too.
Military parades are an indispensable political platform for communicating power and ambition and are now amplified by the tools of mass media, which can orchestrate and glamourize rhythmic ranks of well-booted warriors and rolling chariots of gleaming steel.
Is farmers' market produce trucked in from Fresno and Madera sustainable? Given the water and other input-intensive nature of raising beef, is it better to buy meat raised in Nebraska and shipped west or do I need to give up meat altogether?
If there was an award for "cutest city on Earth," it would go to the birthplace of Hello Kitty: Tokyo, Japan. Every time I visit, I discover yet another store or cafe where you can interact with round, big-eyed characters.
Writing is a solitary pursuit. There's something of the loneliness of the long distance runner in it. It often feels like an extreme sport. Hour after hour after hour of solitude. Time passing quickly if the work is going well, crawling if it's not.
Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.
If you think Harajuku is defined by posing teens and pop culture, think again. The district is just as well known among locals for high-end luxury as low-end grunge. Part one of this walking tour was about teen fantasies, this time it's the grown-ups turn.
Our great department stores and Victoria's Secret have lovely selections, but consider looking around a bit more. Whether your tastes are classic, demure or just a touch risqué, we have the boutiques that will keep love alive!