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The New Generation of Japanese Accommodations - The New York Times
Any traveler to Japan knows that its sense of hospitality — the sober, subtle beauty of the country’s lodgings, and the elegant, unobtrusive service within them — is unmatched anywhere else.
travel  japan  tmagazine 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Hidden History of Japan’s Folk-Rock Boom - The New York Times
When the Japanese singer-songwriter Kenji Endo first heard Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” as a young student in Tokyo in the 1960s, he was perplexed — offended, even. Aren’t pop vocals supposed to be pretty? But by the third listen, Mr. Endo remembered that he was in awe: “This guy is creating something that has never been created before.” He had found his calling.
japansefolkrock  japanesefolk  japanesemusic  japan  music  nytimes  lightintheattic 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood - The New York Times
An ancient Japanese technique protects cedar by charring it a witchy charcoal. It’s having a renaissance in the West (for less practical reasons).
shousugiban  japan  japanese  nytime  tmagazine  design  wood 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Russia’s Far East, a Fledgling Las Vegas for Asia’s Gamblers - The New York Times
On Russia’s eastern rim, where endemic corruption and bureaucratic sloth conspire to hold back the economic dynamism enriching the rest of Asia, a shimmering palace rises from a dark forest in an improbable effort to tap into the wealth of nearby China, Japan and South Korea.
russia  gambling  japan  southkorea  corruption  easternrussia  Vladivostok 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Inventive Postwar Japanese Painter Has His Moment
Shiraga, whose dynamic contributions blend painting and performance, is still a misunderstood radical who is only now receiving the sort of American institutional and gallery attention that properly contextualizes the depth and reach of his practice.
painting  art  japan  kazuoshiraga  tmagazine  nytimes 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Hiking in a Forest Born Out of Mount Fuji’s Lava - The New York Times
A thick forest thrives on hardened lava that once flowed down Mount Fuji’s northwestern flank into lakes that reflect the volcano’s snow-capped cone like rippling mirrors. Within it, the roots of hemlock and cypress trees snake out over the ground through a blanket of moss, and trails lead to deep caverns filled with ice.

The Aokigahara forest, as this tangle of woods is called, was born on 12 square miles of lava from an eruption in the year 864, the biggest in 3,500 years. The event left Japan’s rulers awe-struck and its countrymen inspired to worship the volcano as a god. A walk into this isolated place, where nature’s power to rebound from cataclysm is so clearly on display, can be intensely spiritual.
nytimes  japan  forest  hiking  mountfuji  travel 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
36 Hours in Sapporo, Japan - The New York Times
The capital of Hokkaido has more to offer than snow: urban parks and a spate of new galleries, shops and restaurants make this a city for all seasons.
travel  japan  sapporo  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Meet the Unlikely Airbnb Hosts of Japan
A world-conquering start-up finds itself lost in translation in Tokyo.
airbnb  nytimes  nytimesmag  japan 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden

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