1. Showing Some Metal

    It is hard to overestimate the importance of the Buddhist temple of Todai-ji in Japanese history. With the building …

  2. Peak Season

    With the 2011 completion of Tokyo Sky Tree, Ja…

  3. Zen and the Art of Culinary Happiness

    Becoming a Zen monk is hardly the stuff of off…

  4. Stony Expressions

    To think of crafted items in Japan is rarely t…

  5. Way to Go

    In an age in which computers routinely give gr…

  6. Silk Tops

  7. Fruits of Success

  8. Lacquer Respect

  9. Brush Work 

  10. Eating with Grace