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Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Okinawa

Zen and the art of meditation

TOKYO –– My mother used to go to a Zen temple for meditation when I was a kid, and I had no idea what she was doing. In fact, watching her sit in...

Mihama American Village and the beach make for a good backdrop for photos from the balcony.

Terrace Garden Mihama Resort

Wouldn’t you like to return to a comfortable home away from home after a day of sightseeing in Okinawa? Well you’re in luck because that is...

The Bathhouse & EM Spa Corazon

After winning an EM gift certificate to a spa at a dinner I recently went to, I was ecstatic.  I love spas and this was like an answer to prayer...

Spanish colonial architecture of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur/Philippine Department of Tourism photo

Treasures near the Pearl of the Orient

The Philippines is a country blessed with nature, rich culture and arts, delicious cuisine and warmhearted people.

This country is a great...

The lush blue water between Yakena Island and Okinawa Island is beautiful and representative of scenic shorelines throughout the prefecture. Photo by Michael Flemming

Yakena Straits observatory

Travelers dashing across the bridges to five scenic islands off of Katsuren Peninsula are bypassing an obscure scenic overlook with views rivaling...

A gatepost and wall are all that remains from Japan's notorious Kinkaseki prison camp in Jinguashi, Taiwan. Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Taiwan: Horrors of Japanese POW camps revealed to visitors at Kinkaseki

They were little more than skeletons clad in rags, skin stretched over bone. The scars they bore told the story of some of Japan’s most brutal...

Dive into adventures of the deep

Palau, the Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef are places most often associated with dazzling diving and unforgettable vacations. And as summer...

Taste of spring: bamboo shoots

Springtime brings new life to the fields, mountains – and bamboo groves – of Japan. And there’s no better way to revel in its arrival than by...

Photo courtesy of Warrior Dash

Go wild in the country

If you’ve taken part in a race, chances are you won’t have been overtaken by Elvis, Hello Kitty and a vigorously clucking giant chicken. That...

Photo courtesy of Surfrock International Inc.

FISHBONE Japan Tour 2013

May 31 (Fri) Osaka Shangri-La
Open: 6:30PM Start: 7:30PM
Ticket: Adv \5,500 / Door \6000 (tax included / plus 1drink charge)
1-1-14...

Four fabulous days in Saipan

People say that the best time to visit Saipan is when the flame trees are blooming—April through August. We somehow missed that memo. And while...

My son exploring the beach along the Mekong.

Secrets in Laos

The country of Laos has an amazingly intricate history full of kings and takeovers, French occupation and covert missions.  Its ties to the West...

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