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An Ascetic Rite of Spring: The Nagatoro Fire Festival (Japan in Photos)

A monk traverses a river of flames during the Nagatoro Fire Festival on March 5 in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. Adherents of mountain asceticism observed the religious rite of spring by chanting Buddhist scriptures while trudging barefoot across an eight-by-four-meter bed of blazing wood and red-hot coals. Spectators were allowed to participate after the fire died down, with a journey across …

Building Tokyo: The Story Behind the Capital’s Red Brick LandmarksJames Singleton

The majestic burgundy facade of Tokyo Station has been stirring hearts since 1914. The broad structure on the Marunouchi side of the station remains one of the best-known examples of brick architecture produced during the Meiji (1868–1912) and Taishō (1912–26) eras, periods marked by heavy influence from the West. The design of the building is unquestionably European, but the characteristic ric…

A Journey Along Japan’s Rivers (Photos)Ōnishi Nariaki (Photographer)

Rivers large and small crisscross the length and breadth of the Japanese archipelago, supporting ecosystems, sustaining livelihoods, and creating invigorating scenes of natural beauty. From Hokkaidō in the north to Okinawa in the south, we look at the diversity of Japan’s rivers.

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