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Spaces for the living: How Tokyo’s urban landscape deals with change

Exploring the city’s constant flux — and the cost to its heritage.

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‘Finding the Heart Sutra’: Alex Kerr finds humor at the heart of wisdom and enlightenment

In his book “Finding the Heart Sutra,” Alex Kerr breaks down the ancient Buddhist text character by character to reveal why the sutra has remained …

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Kochi’s cottage food and travel industry gets a bump from international residents

International transplants to this Shikoku prefecture are taking advantage of the rich soil and pure water to create top-quality food and drinks.

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Japan’s celebrities juggle private lives with public expectation

A U.S. survey has found 69% of Japanese respondents believe extramarital affairs are unforgivable.

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Consumers seek to enjoy a creative Christmas online amid COVID-19

Staying home for Christmas doesn’t have to equate with being bored and lonely.

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Japan’s first community fridge opens in Okayama

The Kitanagase Community Fridge provides free food, produce and household goods to low-income families.

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Japan’s portrait studios are adjusting services to cater to COVID-19 landscape

Revenue this year is expected to plunge by as much as 20% from 2019.

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‘Family Crests of Japan’: For the miniaturist who appreciates fine details

This comprehensive overview of Japanese family crests delves into the motifs and geometries that fill even the simplest designs with meaning.

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Eggslut goes sweet with its Eggy Banana Pudding

The Los Angeles-born chain specializes in — you guessed it — egg dishes. Starting this month, it’s giving desserts a go, too.

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‘36 Views of Mount Fuji’: Self-discovery through shifts in perspective

Cathy N. Davidson’s memoir is a thoughtful and compelling account of a woman gaining a deeper understanding of herself and Japan through her travels.