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What to Do in Tokyo in May 2018

What's happening in the city this month.<p>Spot the shrines<p>Sensoji is Tokyo's oldest temple, and also one of its most important. The annual Sanja Matsuri (this year May 18-20) is held to honor the three founders of Sensoji, who are entombed in the Asakusa Shrine next door. Look out for <i>mikoshi</i>, …

Japan

I've been to Tokyo twice and it feels like New York in an alternate universe — here are 6 of the coolest things Americans will find surprising

I sometimes describe Tokyo as New York in an alternate universe.<p>There are skyscrapers, a subway packed with commuters, busy sidewalks, bright lights, and buzzing energy. Many things about Tokyo feel familiar to the city-dweller.<p>And yet, for all its similarities, something at the very foundation of …

The (super enjoyable) Japanese secret to becoming a morning person

In an ideal world, your morning routine would <i>always</i> set you up for a kickass day ahead. But if you’ve got a packed to-do list, it’s all too easy for …

Ikigai

How To Spend 72 Hours in Seoul

The Korean capital is packed with bulgogi, beauty spas and bars. Here's how to hit all that and then some.<p>Bundle the video game-glow of Tokyo, food scene of Singapore and English-speaking streets of Hong Kong, stretch it out over a sprawl of skyscrapers and village-style neighborhoods and cram in …

South Korea

How Not to Look Like a Tourist in South Korea

How to greet people, navigate the jimjilbang, and why you should always use your "indoor voice."<p>We’re all keen to seem like good guests when invited to someone else’s home for supper. The same holds true in someone else’s country. Korean etiquette, though, can seem ritualized and a little …

Putting an African twist on Japanese culture - CNN Video

Serge Mouangue was inspired to create designs based on West Africa and Japanese cultures, and he eventually launched Wafrica.

Africa

Kyoto’s Best Hiking Trails And Hot Springs - 3 Recommended Routes

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, <b>Kyoto</b> city is in an enviable position. The hubbub of the center can be easily escaped into a lush countryside, …

Hiking

The Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi, and Godzilla

Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: Heading to Tokyo, or are is fascinated by this interesting, complex city?<b> This is the book for you!</b> Abby Denson's <b>The</b> …

Japan

Tour de force: NYC's best design galleries to visit

New York City is saturated with art, but it's not just on the walls. The city's design scene has never been stronger as a new generation of hip creatives (and not all in Brooklyn) cultivate their own taste in furniture, lighting and the well-crafted objects that turn a room into a visual sanctuary. …

New York City

The best walking tours of Japan

Walk Japan’s Nakasendo Wayfarer is a fully guided walking tour that explores one of Japan’s ancient highways, the Nakasendo (which literally means …

Japan

Tokyo’s 5 Must-Try Ramen Restaurants of 2018

Ramen, Japan’s iconic noodle soup dish, doesn’t only enjoy massive popularity in its home country but all around the world. Eating authentic Japanese …

A cautionary tale from an ageing Japan for China

Echigo Yuzawa seems to have everything going for it. Just one hour and 15 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train, the charming mountain town is famed for …

Geisha girls in Kyoto copy Buddhist sutras

Geisha and their apprentices in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto have copied Buddhist sutras at one of the city's famous temples.<p>The event is part of an annual training session sponsored by a local foundation aimed at preserving and promoting the traditional entertainment culture.<p>More than 90 …

The First 6 Pages of Bill Gates's Favorite Book Will Change Your Life (and the Next 500 Pages Aren't Bad Either) | Inc.com

If you're pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: "This bleak assessment of the state of the world is wrong. And not just a little wrong--wrong wrong, flat-earth wrong, couldn't-<i>be</i>-more-wrong."<p>The quote appears on …

Bill Gates

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant | Inc.com

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here's …

Time Management

On Nanjing Road Trail

I have walked on Nanjing Road many times on my way to the Bund and remember passing by shops using loud speakers to sell jade brocades, tourists …

China

Celebrating the legacy of Shanghai Art Deco

Shanghai boasts one of the most extensive Art Deco landscapes in the world and is home to the most number of Art Deco buildings in Asia.<p>The unique …

Art Deco

Reaping the rewards of promoting China’s cultural industry to a worldwide audience

YOUKU, the online streaming video service provider under the Alibaba Group, announced at the end of last year that its self-produced detective drama …

China

Ancient Buddhist artifacts reveal influence on Chinese religious culture and art

AN exhibition displaying ancient religious artifacts, from the glory days of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) and Buddhism, is now on show at the Gushan …

Sculpture

The Harvard-Educated ‘Brain’ Behind China’s Economic Transformation

<i>Follow our full coverage of Davos 2018 here.</i><p>When Liu He takes to the lectern in Davos on Wednesday, the Harvard-educated technocrat will move further …

China

China tries to quell protests over failed investment scheme

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are struggling to quell protests following the collapse of an investment scheme police say took as much as $4.7 …

China

Forget BAT, China’s next-generation tech giants are TMD

China’s embrace of the dot-com era gave birth to three internet companies that now dominate the country’s tech scene: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, together known as the BAT. Founded at the end of the 20th century, the big three have grown far beyond their core businesses—search engines, e-commerce, …

China

32 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Anyone who has achieved great things in business and life knows that to be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined. I've asked hundreds of executives and entrepreneurs about the things they do every day that help them succeed, and inevitably they credit simple routines which have been …

Customer Service

The 10 Best Chinese Takeout Options That Aren't Orange Chicken

If you order the same thing every time, you need to read this.<p>January 30, 2018<p>A few years ago, the only things I'd ever order when getting Chinese …

Vegetables

One kind of food absolutely dominates China’s restaurant industry

For all of China’s delicacies, the country’s favorite food is steaming broth with meat and vegetables.<p>Last year, Chinese people spent 3.5 trillion yuan ($507 billion) dining out. Of its many types of cuisines and restaurants, hot pot was the most popular, eating 22% of market share, according to a …

China

The feats and failures of hierarchical power: Stalin, Xi Jinping, Macbeth

If you want to understand what a truly hierarchical political system looks like, just look at Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union, says historian Niall …

Political Science

Factory connectivity: What are manufacturers’ chief concerns?

Follow @TheManufacturer Manufacturing optimisation, higher levels of customisation, additional, complementary services and flexibility are every bit …

Manufacturing

Commentary: Innovation wand works better than protectionist stick - Xinhua

by Xinhua Writers Wang Haiqing, Liang Junqian<p>BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Just as political and business leaders worldwide streamed to the Swiss …

Alibaba Group

4 Davos Themes Fashion Needs to Watch

As business magnates, presidents and economists converged at the 2018 World Economic Forum to discuss the state of the global economy, what important …

Globalization

S. Korea to turn Sejong, Busan into safe, smart cities by 2023

he South Korean government confirmed Monday its plan to develop smart cities over the next five years, choosing Sejong a