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Jan 18, 2013

Author paints dark, satiric portrait of Vancouver in stories

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – A Vancouver neighbourhood of men
who drink fig-infused martinis and eat fiddleheads on skewers
faces a crisis when a beer-swilling, barbecue-loving truck
driver moves in. An Olympic mascot marmot kidnaps a young boy
from his parents.

These are just a few of the tales in “Better Living Through
Plastic Explosives,” a book of short stories by Canadian author
Zsuzsi Gartner that brings to life a dark, satiric Vancouver set
just a few years into the future.

Jan 11, 2013

48 Hours in Morioka, capital of “Japan’s Tibet”

MORIOKA, Japan (Reuters) – Once viewed as a backward part of northeast Japan, so snowy it was known as “Japan’s Tibet,” the city of Morioka and surrounding Iwate prefecture came into their own 30 years ago, when the superfast Shinkansen train began running up north.

Just 2.5 hours from Tokyo, Morioka and its laid-back lifestyle, surrounded by mountains ideal for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, makes a good weekend getaway for anyone tired of the bustle of Tokyo.

Jan 11, 2013

Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Morioka, capital of “Japan’s Tibet”

MORIOKA, Japan (Reuters) – Once viewed as a backward part of northeast Japan, so snowy it was known as “Japan’s Tibet,” the city of Morioka and surrounding Iwate prefecture came into their own 30 years ago, when the superfast Shinkansen train began running up north.

Just 2.5 hours from Tokyo, Morioka and its laid-back lifestyle, surrounded by mountains ideal for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, makes a good weekend getaway for anyone tired of the bustle of Tokyo.

Dec 21, 2012

48 Hours in Tokyo around New Year’s

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo is one of the world’s most crowded and bustling cities, but anyone who travels there around New Year’s will be able to see a far different face as workaholic Japan takes its longest holiday of the year.

Christmas, which is a normal work day, is mainly a retail event, with Japan devoting all its energy to “Oshogatsu,” the New Year period extending roughly from Dec 29 to Jan 3 – the first part in frantic preparation, the second in enjoyment.

Dec 21, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Tokyo around New Year’s

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo is one of the world’s most crowded and bustling cities, but anyone who travels there around New Year’s will be able to see a far different face as workaholic Japan takes its longest holiday of the year.

Christmas, which is a normal work day, is mainly a retail event, with Japan devoting all its energy to “Oshogatsu,” the New Year period extending roughly from Dec 29 to Jan 3 – the first part in frantic preparation, the second in enjoyment.

Dec 20, 2012

Book Talk: The sin of envy on a small Greek island

TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) – After a Greek bride is abandoned
at the altar and her prospective bridegroom is found blinded
from an acid attack, local villagers are baffled until Hermes
Diaktoras, a portly man in white tennis shoes, arrives to help.

So begins “The Doctor of Thessaly,” the third in a series of
detective stories by British-born author Anne Zouroudi that
feature Hermes, who even as he works to unravel the crime has
more than a hint of mystery about himself.

Dec 4, 2012

(OFFICIAL)-Tokyo is Michelin’s most gourmet capital for sixth year

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Tokyo retained its tasty title as
the Michelin guide’s world gourmet capital on Wednesday,
although the number of three-star restaurants fell slightly.

This is the sixth consecutive year the capital of
food-obsessed Japan has been awarded top honours by the
publishers of a guide book regarded by many as a fine-dining
resource.

Nov 29, 2012

Book Talk: Do you really know who lives next door?

TOKYO, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Andrew, in a daring leap to
freedom from an overbearing mother, moves in with a friend whose
ramshackle house is the one blight on a gorgeous neighborhood -
and promptly is attracted to his next door neighbor, the
friendly Harlow.

Welcomed by a plate of homemade cookies and admiring of the
picture-perfect home where she lives with her husband, Red, it
is a while before Andrew starts to suspect there is something a
little off about this woman, who seems just too good to be true.

Nov 28, 2012

Tokyo is Michelin’s most gourmet capital for sixth year

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Tokyo retained its tasty title as
the Michelin guide’s world gourmet capital on Wednesday,
although the number of three-star restaurants fell slightly.

This is the sixth consecutive year the capital of
food-obsessed Japan has been awarded top honours by the
publishers of a guide book regarded by many as a fine-dining
resource.

Nov 15, 2012

Book Talk: The tale of Napoleon’s second wife

TOKYO (Reuters) – Marie-Louise is 18 years old in 1809, the cherished daughter of the Austrian king, when she is forced to make a horrible choice – leave her nation to become Napoleon Bonaparte’s second wife, or see France attack her country.

So begins “The Second Empress” by Michelle Moran, her fifth novel and the latest in a collection of tales about strong women throughout history, from ancient Egypt’s Nefertiti to Cleopatra and Madame Tussaud.