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Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own

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Photo caption: The clear blue skies gave everyone a neat view of several airplanes of All Nippon Airways from the Observation Deck of the Haneda International Airport. VIDA LACANO

Soon after the initial kick of my first night in Japan had already settled in, I was already up and about early in the morning, very much looking forward to experiencing more of Japan. I was excited to once again visit Haneda International Airport, this time for a quick tour of the facilities that vacationers and locals alike could enjoy.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery | Read More »

Revelling on Japanese high

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A Tokyo street lined with bicycles. Image captured on film.

Japan has officially left me on a high. There’s this warm, fuzzy feeling I get just looking at all the photos I took of Japan—approximately one thousand in number, not including the files in some of my memory cards yet to be imported to my laptop—taken from more or less ten different locations in the four days I stayed there.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

US-based airline partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in QC

Delta Air Lines and Habitat for Humanity International recently joined forces to help build 10 Habitat homes in Quezon City, as part of Delta’s Force for Global Good program. This year’s volunteers came from 16 cities from the US and Canada.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

When Cultural Norms are Thicker than Blood

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April, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Fall of Bataan on April 9, as we remember the brave men and women who fought in World War II. Sixty years after the war, peace reigns across Asia. Japan and the Philippines, enemies in the war, now have a flourishing relationship as neighbors and trading partners.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Spring in Japan: Beautiful blossoms and hayfever misery

A group of people have a picnic under cherry blossom trees at Ueno Park in Tokyo, Sunday, March 30, 2014. AP

Spring in Japan brings explosions of pink and white cherry blossoms that provide a beautiful backdrop for picnics across this nature-loving country.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Murakami to publish first short story collection in 9 years

Haruki Murakami. AFP FILE PHOTO

Best-selling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami next month will publish his first compilation of short stories in nine years, including one new offering, his publisher said Monday.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Sampling kobe beef in Japan is like tasting heaven


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Last time I was in Japan was in my early teens. I remember Tokyo to be very cold, and the food I recall the most was a Kobe steak dinner cooked over volcano rocks.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Japan zoo gives pandas privacy as mating season starts

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A Tokyo zoo is to shutter its panda display in an effort to encourage the famously lethargic creatures to concentrate on mating without the distraction of spectators, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

World’s oldest woman turns 116 in Japan

This handout picture taken by Tomohito Okada from the Kurenai nursing home on March 5, 2013 shows the world's oldest woman Misao Okawa celebrating her 115th birthday after receiving flowers at the nursing home in Osaka, western Japan. Okawa, who late last month received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming her status as the oldest living woman, celebrated her 115th birthday on March 5 in a Japanese nursing home with her favourite mackerel sushi dish on the menu. AFP PHOTO / TOMOHITO OKADA

The world’s oldest woman was celebrating her 116th birthday on Wednesday in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Crow Castle–and guess what Japanese icon was in it

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EARLY morning view of the castle

Crows have always struck me as sinister creatures. Many years ago, as a young intern in Dacca, I watched a gang of these feathered ruffians obliterate the carcass of a goat in a matter of minutes.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

The future (of design) looks bright

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CHAIR that converts into a helmet as protection from falling debris

The delicate balance between form and function is perhaps what all designers strive for. Whether their specialty be product, interiors or graphic design, designers from all walks of life flock to the Tokyo Designers Week.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

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