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Fresh Cabbages at the Chourever in Kitakaruizawa

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012

We live in the big city, and sometimes we fantasize about owning a summer home in Karuizawa 軽井沢. I wrote about this beautiful place before, and over the years of visiting this...

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Museums + Libraries

Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Karuizawa

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013

Avant garde lover or hater? If you’re the former, you’ll enjoy the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Karuizawa. Combining works by famous Abstract Expressionists with beautiful...

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Restaurants + Shops

Surabaya Kouhoku: Delicious Indonesian Cuisine

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013

I love Indonesian cuisine. The first time I went to an Indonesian restaurant was in 1998, back when I was a college student in Nagoya, a city in central Japan. I’ve forgotten the...

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Parks + Gardens

Beautiful Irises at Sankeien Garden

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013

It’s early summer, time for the irises to bloom and show off their violet, purple and white gorgeous clothes. There are several places to see these summer blessings, and one...

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Other Posts

Shin-Tomei Expressway: Surugawan-Numazu Service Area

Shin-Tomei Expressway: Surugawan-Numazu Service Area

Apr 23, 2012

One of the nice things about road transportation in Japan is the presence of Service Areas (SA’s or rest stops) along expressways. Each SA houses restaurants or food courts, coffee shops, souvenir shops, outdoor food stalls, gasoline stations, and most importantly, plenty of clean restrooms. Some even have parks, dog walks, shower booths and beds for...

For Better or Worse: Avery Fisher Hall and The New York Phil

For Better or Worse: Avery Fisher Hall and The New York Phil

Nov 24, 2011

The issues surrounding Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, could make up a novel. Concert halls such as the Boston Symphony Hall (completed 1900), the Vienna Musikvereinssall (1870), and the Leipzig Gewandhaus (1885) are famous for their impeccable acoustics. The Avery Fisher Hall, completed in 1962, is not. The hall has gone through major...

On Highway Tunnels

On Highway Tunnels

Aug 24, 2011

Road tunnels might not qualify as interior design prospects. Their shape is basically a given, they don’t need furnishings apart from lighting fixtures, and adding decorative murals to their side walls will only distract the driver. We were watching an old episode of Top Gear (UK version) the other day and one of the presenters, who was driving on a...