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INSIGHTS FROM ASIA

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MA: Place, Space, Void

Place is the product of lived space and lived time, a reflection of our states of mind and heart…

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Japanese Courtyard Gardens

BY MARC P. KEANE

The tsubo garden is contained inside a building, like a jewel in a box…

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Insider Outsider: The Way of the Yakuza

During my first interviews, O-oyabun was particularly eager to talk about ideology: The ‘Way of the Yakuza,’ ‘violating the law’ or ‘doing wrong things.’

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The Barber

VIETNAM
BY DUSTIN LEAVITT

My goatee and shaved head perplex many Vietnamese because in their country beards are for venerable old men like Uncle Ho and bald heads for monks, and I am neither.

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Toyama-ken Gogoku Shrine-min

Located on Honshu island’s north-west coast and just under 3 hours away from Tokyo on the bullet train, Toyama is perhaps better known as a convenient stop for access to the Tateyama mountain range, where visitors can traverse an impressive corridor of snow up to 20 meters high in the months of April through June.

KJ’s Anna Malpas and Minechika Endo spent the day exploring glorious Shiga, just a short train ride away from Kyoto! We were treated to some of the incredible tastes of Shiga, from the delicious Matsu no Hana sake, to a local delicacy called funazushi – a fish that has been packed in rice and fermented for up to four years. We also enjoyed amazing views from the Biwako Terrace after an incredibly speedy trip on the Biwako Valley Ropeway.

Torii gate in the waters of Lake Biwa.