November 24, 2012
KYOTO--Trees in their full autumnal glory have been drawing hordes of leaf-peepers to this ancient capital, particularly on Nov. 23, a national holiday which heralded the start ...
November 19, 2012
Like many of Mother Nature's bounties, autumn foliage follows a three-phase progression of "hashiri" (early season), "sakari" (peak season) and "nagori" (past season). First,...
November 08, 2012
KYOTO--Famed for its beautiful fall foliage, the 1,200-year-old Eikando Zenrinji temple here was ablaze Nov. 7 as lights illuminated its red maple trees.
November 03, 2012
As an early riser, I find clear dawns in late autumn particularly refreshing. Yesterday, the moon was set in an indigo sky as the morning star shone brightly.
October 29, 2012
Blessed with clear skies, Japan's autumn is the season of harvests and of hearty appetites.
October 13, 2012
TOYAMA--The Tateyama mountain range in Toyama Prefecture, part of the Northern Japan Alps, offered a stunning sight Oct. 12 as its snow-covered ridge stood out in brilliant...
October 09, 2012
The lush green of Hokkaido's Taisetsuzan mountain range has given way to red, yellow and gold as autumn leaves reach their most brilliant shades of the season.
September 14, 2012
Leaves are changing color near the summit of Mount Kurodake and its animals seem to be gathering nature's riches while they can, heralding the arrival of autumn even as other...
April 26, 2012
Long a spring tradition in Japan, companies routinely hire after graduation in March, with ranks of the newly employed marching off to offices in April.
April 10, 2012
The University of Tokyo, known by the shortened form of Todai in Japanese, plans to switch its academic year from the standard April entrance/March graduation format to the...
November 03, 2011
October 11, 2011
Did you know that about 90 percent of the weight of mushrooms is water? Correctly dealing with this water is the key to mushroom dishes.
October 06, 2011
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October 03, 2011
The red spider lily is called "higanbana" in Japanese, but it is also known as "hamizu hanamizu" (literally, see no leaf, see no flower). The flower blooms on the long stem,...
September 29, 2011
September 27, 2011
Frying rather than deep-frying salmon croquettes saves some effort. After cooking the salted salmon as usual, remove the skin, bones and the sand-colored flesh beneath the skin ...
September 24, 2011
Old cherry trees that line a street in my neighborhood had their routine "health checkup" on Sept. 23. Apart from losing leaves and some small branches, they all survived...
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