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9 Days at 7 degrees North

It felt like an indelible, self-cultivating, life-expanding embrace from another place.

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Nunobiki Herb Gardens

We were welcomed by a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds, a faint fragrance of tea and roses wafting from the boutique, and a scant number of Sunday morning visitors.

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There’s Something About Sumo

Sumo wrestling is not a super-sized skin flick, nor a turbulent tussle of testosterone. It's more like...

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From K to J, In Just 3 Days

I spent 3 days in mid-July exploring the Kansai region of Japan -- one day and one night each in Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and high above Kobe at the Arima resort area.

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Hotlanta with Heejin

There is an ever-present energy and amazing aura about us, and it is evident that our lives run along parallel paths even when we are on opposite ends of the earth.