Tokyo

Discovering Japan's biggest Buddha at Mount Nokogiri

Discovering Japan's biggest Buddha at Mount Nokogiri

A mini adventure across land and sea from Tokyo to see the 31-meter Nihonji Daibatsu
Tales from a fledgling fashion designer in Tokyo: Leanne Yew

Tales from a fledgling fashion designer in Tokyo: Leanne Yew

An Australian designer with eczema heads to Tokyo to research possibilities for skin-friendly fashion, and an innovative new business in kimonos is born
Japanese tea ceremony gets a 21st-century upgrade for office workers

Japanese tea ceremony gets a 21st-century upgrade for office workers

A modern take on the meditative "Way of Tea" makes it affordable and convenient for all
Tokyo's street dancers and their high-rise dreams

Tokyo's street dancers and their high-rise dreams

Tokyo's street dancers use their daytime office blocks as reflective rehearsal spaces once they clock out
Ancient Japanese doctor's notes for measles, syphilis and... handwriting?

Ancient Japanese doctor's notes for measles, syphilis and... handwriting?

In 19th century Japan there was a drug for good handwriting, according to these old woodblock prints on show from the University of California San Francisco
Kim Tae-Hee: South Korea's 'most beautiful woman' on shyness, beauty and guns

Kim Tae-Hee: South Korea's 'most beautiful woman' on shyness, beauty and guns

South Korean actress Kim Tae-Hee wants to be the country's "most beautiful woman" for as long as possible
Fishing in Tokyo: Where to drop your line in the city

Fishing in Tokyo: Where to drop your line in the city

Below Tokyo's monoliths, local fisherman can still find a place to lay their bait
Tokyo Dandy: Fashion-blogging scourge of the underworld

Tokyo Dandy: Fashion-blogging scourge of the underworld

Tokyo's leading party bards go from high-end to lo-fi to document Japan's Lost Generation -- even if it means tangling with organized crime
Ghosts of battles past in Shimonoseki

Ghosts of battles past in Shimonoseki

In Shimonoseki's former battlegrounds, samurai duels, naval battles, dragon gods and other tales of bloodshed rest uneasily on the fishing town's present-day placid waters
Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star

Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star

Self-important brat or liberated artist? The controversial singer and actress Erika Sawajiri once again breaks ranks to denounce her 'outdated' industry
Earth Celebration: Taiko drums and communal life on a remote Japanese island

Earth Celebration: Taiko drums and communal life on a remote Japanese island

On Sado Island Corsican polyphonic singers meet the Kodo drummers
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It's crowded and outdated, but Berlin's hexagon-shaped Tegel air hub has won a place in the city's heart