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Kusatsu Yado Honjin

Kusatsu Yado Honjin, Shiga.

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Kusatsu, a key post town in the Edo Period (1600-1868), is located on the cross roads of two of Japan’s main roads: the legendary Tokaido highway, linking Edo or Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka along the Pacific Coast and the

The Kusatsu Yado Honjin, now a fantastically preserved museum, functioned as an officially appointed inn for daimyo (feudal lords) in the Edo Period. It was designated a site of Japanese historical interest in 1949, and stands as a superbly preserved tribute to the amazing craftsmanship of that era. The inn had about 300 rooms, one of which covered an amazing 268 tatami mats, all surrounded by a high wall.

Since 1996, the inn’s old gate, kitchen, tatami corridors, beautiful gardens, and a number of its fabulous daimyo suites have been open to the public. This is a place every tourist will want to see and will never forget: a gem of gems from the Edo Period located less than an hour from Kyoto.

See what the Edo world was all about, by experiencing one of the Tokkaido highway’s best preserved daimyo inns.

Kusatsu Juku (Information in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English)
2-8-1 Kusatsu
Kusatsu-shi
Shiga 525-0034
Tel: 077 561 6636

Hours: 9am-5pm (entry until 16:30), closed on Mondays, and the day after national holidays, and December 28th-January 4th.

Entry: 240 yen (students 180 yen).

Located a 10-minute walk southeast of JR Kusatsu Station. (25 minutes by shinkaisoku express, on the Biwako Line, from Kyoto Station, or 20 minutes from JR Yamashina Station via the Tozai subway line).

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6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama

Marine & Walk Yokohama panorama

‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping which means the inevitable running around overcrowded department stores, shuffling up and down the packed streets of Omotesando and finally getting lost in the chaotic aisles of Donki (sorry fam, it’s gonna be wasabi Kit Kats again this year). If only there was a place that allowed us to take our sweet time, leisurely browsing until somehow we’ve ended up with unique gifts for the whole family without realizing it.

Well, we’ve found something that comes pretty close in the form of Marine & Walk Yokohama; an innovative mall and community event space that is raising the bar on the shopping experience, and generally making our lives So. Much. Easier. Read on to find out why you’ll love shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama as much as we do.

1. It has a beautiful location and layout

As chic and compact as your favorite clutch, Marine & Walk is a collection of select boutiques and bistros clustered along the waterfront of the Minato Mirai district in Yokohama. The outdoor complex borrows its industrial design from the nearby Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse; graphic-printed staircases and wooden decking join the two floors, lined with plants, twinkling fairy lights and outdoor heaters for winter.

Marine & Walk Yokohama sunny day

It has the friendly feel of a market while the open-air layout makes for a lovely browse-at-your-own-pace atmosphere — a.k.a the complete opposite of your average mall experience in Tokyo. Several lounge areas offer plenty of rest stops with an ocean view along the way too.

2. You can browse stores that you can’t find …continue reading

    

6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama

Marine & Walk Yokohama panorama

‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping which means the inevitable running around overcrowded department stores, shuffling up and down the packed streets of Omotesando and finally getting lost in the chaotic aisles of Donki (sorry fam, it’s gonna be wasabi Kit Kats again this year). If only there was a place that allowed us to take our sweet time, leisurely browsing until somehow we’ve ended up with unique gifts for the whole family without realizing it.

Well, we’ve found something that comes pretty close in the form of Marine & Walk Yokohama; an innovative mall and community event space that is raising the bar on the shopping experience, and generally making our lives So. Much. Easier. Read on to find out why you’ll love shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama as much as we do.

1. It has a beautiful location and layout

As chic and compact as your favorite clutch, Marine & Walk is a collection of select boutiques and bistros clustered along the waterfront of the Minato Mirai district in Yokohama. The outdoor complex borrows its industrial design from the nearby Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse; graphic-printed staircases and wooden decking join the two floors, lined with plants, twinkling fairy lights and outdoor heaters for winter.

Marine & Walk Yokohama sunny day

It has the friendly feel of a market while the open-air layout makes for a lovely browse-at-your-own-pace atmosphere — a.k.a the complete opposite of your average mall experience in Tokyo. Several lounge areas offer plenty of rest stops with an ocean view along the way too.

2. You can browse stores that you can’t find …continue reading

    

Hope and Love in Hell: Former North Korean Captive Charles Jenkins Speaks

Charles Robert Jenkins in Sado Island (2013) Photo: Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Sergeant who deserted his post in South Korea and allegedly sought refuge in the communist North Korea in 1965, died this week. He spent nearly four decades inside the “worker’s paradise” before being set free along with his Japanese wife, Hitomi, who was abducted by North Korea. Below is our interview with him, reprinted. Rest In Peace.
The interview was conducted on June 27th 2013.

Charles Robert Jenkins in Sado Island showing the wound left on his arm by the North Koreans (2013) Photo: Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky

In 1965, U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins deserted his post in South Korea and allegedly sought refuge in the communist North. He spent nearly four decades inside the “worker’s paradise.” After North Korea admitted to abducting Japanese citizens in 2002 and returned them to Japan, including Jenkins’s wife, Hitomi Soga, Charles Robert Jenkins re-emerged into the public eye–a relic of the cold war, an unsolved mystery and a figure of national interest. In July of 2004, North Korea finally let Jenkins leave. He turned himself in to the U.S. Army in Japan, was given a court martial and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. After his release, he relocated to Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata Prefecture, where he spends his days with his wife and family, working and remembering. This is part of his story. In his recollection of events, he raises questions about why he ended up in North Korea, contradicting his previous statements. Perhaps it is due to failing memory, or perhaps it is due to circumstances which even now he feels that he cannot divulge, no one– probably not even the man himself–knows completely.
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6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama

Marine & Walk Yokohama panorama

‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping which means the inevitable running around overcrowded department stores, shuffling up and down the packed streets of Omotesando and finally getting lost in the chaotic aisles of Donki (sorry fam, it’s gonna be wasabi Kit Kats again this year). If only there was a place that allowed us to take our sweet time, leisurely browsing until somehow we’ve ended up with unique gifts for the whole family without realizing it.

Well, we’ve found something that comes pretty close in the form of Marine & Walk Yokohama; an innovative mall and community event space that is raising the bar on the shopping experience, and generally making our lives So. Much. Easier. Read on to find out why you’ll love shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama as much as we do.

1. It has a beautiful location and layout

As chic and compact as your favorite clutch, Marine & Walk is a collection of select boutiques and bistros clustered along the waterfront of the Minato Mirai district in Yokohama. The outdoor complex borrows its industrial design from the nearby Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse; graphic-printed staircases and wooden decking join the two floors, lined with plants, twinkling fairy lights and outdoor heaters for winter.

Marine & Walk Yokohama sunny day

It has the friendly feel of a market while the open-air layout makes for a lovely browse-at-your-own-pace atmosphere — a.k.a the complete opposite of your average mall experience in Tokyo. Several lounge areas offer plenty of rest stops with an ocean view along the way too.

2. You can browse stores that you can’t find …continue reading