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Sweet Sixty in Kyoto

Doll making is a serious craft throughout Asia. For centuries Japanese artisans and students made…

Wakayama: Land of the Gods

Legend has it that the Kumano region in the Kii Mountain Range of Wakayama is…

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Tao of Tea in Kyoto

For the Japanese, asymmetry, or unbalanced structure, is beautiful. A tearoom is a typical example…

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Kyoto, Zen and Now

Looking out on the serenity of Kyoto City from the balcony of Kiyomizu Temple, we…

Chocolate or Sex

With chocolate, it’s love at first bite. To suggest that chocolate is as good as…

The Joy of Steak

I’m watching the guys in their macho pursuit of wrestling with a T-bone at the…

The Oyster

Lying icy-cool-naked in their clear, briny liquor are a half-dozen, topless, living, breathing, marine bivalve…

Stalking the Elusive Mushroom

A walk on the wild side – stalking the edible fungi: morels, chanterelles, boletus, portabellos.…