Athena Lam

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Mount Ishizuchi: Route Information

<i>This is just an informational post with descriptive photos of the Omotesando hiking route from the Ishizuchi Cable Car (1400 metres) and Joju Shrine</i> …

14 Quintessential Bookshops in Tokyo’s Booktown, Jimbocho

<b>Tokyo’s</b> <b>‘Book Town’</b>, <b>Jimbocho</b>, is where you’ll find them. <b>Within a 15 minute walking radius, you can browse close to 200 bookstores (1/3 of Tokyo’s all</b> …

Mount Ishizuchi: How to Get Around & Hiking Info

<i>View from Mount Ishizuchi’s peak — Photo by Athena Lam</i><p>This is an informational post on hiking Mount Ishizuchi (石鎚山, 1982m) the tallest mountain in …

My Japanese Diet: 20 Daily Foods (Plus a Restaurant Map)

<i>This is a daily dining options list from someone who lives in Tokyo. Each type of food has a general description, my personal opinion, followed by a</i> …

Guide to the Tokyo Subway 1-3 Day Pass

Airports<p>Haneda Airport (International Terminal Visitor Information Center)*1, Narita Airport*. Only sold to overseas visitors on tourist visas. …

Kintsugi: Japanese Pottery Repair and Gold Joinery in Tokyo

One of my client offices has four cats who roam around wherever they please. Inevitably, things break. One weekend morning, I walked in to discover a …

Tokyo, Which Hasn’t Seen November Snow In Over 50 Years, Surprised To Wake Up In A Winter Wonderland

Tokyo hasn't seen snow in November for over 50 years, yet just yesterday residents of the Japanese capital woke up to an early winter wonderland.<p>In …

The last mermaids of Japan

The Ama are Japan’s last population of female shell divers. But with their way of life and culture increasingly under threat, could this be the end of an age-old tradition?<p>Kimiyo Hayashi sat warming herself by the fire pit inside a salt-licked, weatherboard hut on Japan’s Ago Bay. The air outside …

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A travel diary about getting lost on the most isolated island in Japan

In 2009, illustrator Florent Chavouet decided to shrug off city life and get lost somewhere off the beaten path. <i>Way</i> off the beaten path. Stating, …

The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code

Have you ever heard of SEMA? It’s a fairly esoteric system for measuring how good a software team is. No, <i>wait! Don’t follow that link!</i> It will take …

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How this Hong Kong startup raised $200k on IndieGogo in a week

Investment capital isn’t the key to startup success. Companies like Pantagonia and Mailchimp are examples of companies that grew without VC capital …

25 Life-Changing Quotes From Feminist Instagram Poet Rupi Kaur

<b>Let us all stand up for empowering women around the world.</b><p>The women's empowerment movement has grown exponentially since the 1920s. We’re breaking …

Hong Kong's homeless capture their lives with disposable cameras | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

<i>Our City My Story is a community project that gives disposable cameras to some of the thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness in Hong</i> …

Kingpins

OXYCONTIN, HEROIN, AND THE SACKLER-SINALOA CONNECTION<p><b>by</b> <b>Jason Smith</b><p>PART I: THE COME UP<p><b>It’s not every day a drug kingpin makes Forbes magazine’s “Most</b> …

Patagonia’s Philosopher-King

How Yvon Chouinard turned his eco-conscious, anti-corporate ideals into the credo of a successful clothing company.<p>When Yvon Chouinard, the climber and environmentalist and the co-founder of the outdoor-apparel company Patagonia, spends days by himself at a house he owns in Moose, Wyoming, his …

My Friend Sam

If you’re trying to tell the story of a friendship, do you start when the two of you met? For Sam and me, that was in the late summer of 1996, after we became co-editors of the arts and entertainment section of our university’s student newspaper.<p>Do you start with the beginning of your friend’s …

How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds

Before the United States permitted a terrifying way of interrogating prisoners, government lawyers and intelligence officials assured themselves of one crucial outcome. They knew that the methods inflicted on terrorism suspects would be painful, shocking and far beyond what the country had ever …

The Three Lives of Malvina Schwartz

The recording begins with a prickly hiss of static, and a word rendered incomprehensible by the stretching of magnetic tape, before a woman’s voice …

On Female Friendship and the Sisters We Choose for Ourselves

<i>Chloe Caldwell |</i> I’ll Tell You In Person <i>| Coffee House Press | October 2016 | 19 minutes (4,768 words)</i><p>“Do you get in bed and cuddle with Chloe in the …

Twitter could be the next Mozilla

Are you old enough to remember Netscape, the company that created the world’s first commercial web browser and server?<p>Even if you never did use the …

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

The literary mainstream once relegated her work to the margins. Then she transformed the mainstream.<p>Politics has been obsessing a lot of people lately, and Ursula K. Le Guin is far from immune to bouts of political anger. In an e-mail to me last winter, she wrote that she felt “eaten up” with …