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The complex art of apology in Japan

Roughly translated as an apologetic ‘excuse me’, ‘sumimasen’ rings out of doorways, taxis, shops and restaurants, leaving ‘arigatou’ (thank you) by the wayside.<p>It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and …

Japan

How Bruce Lee changed Hollywood

New hope for world's rarest feline with discovery of two Scottish wildcat kittens

The world's rarest cat has received an unexpected population boost after two orphaned kittens were discovered in Scotland.<p>Just 35 Scottish wildcats were thought to remain in the wild in Britain, and the sub-species is in danger of dying out because the animals often breed with feral domesticated …

Wildlife

'Orangeola' Japanese Maple

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Anthony Bourdain Put These Restaurants on the Map

Over nearly 300 episodes of television, Bourdain turned these restaurants into destinations.<p>Anthony Bourdain always aimed high. Episodes of <i>A Cook’s</i> …

This 34-Oz. Stainless Steel Kettle from Caribou Coffee is great for French Press at $10

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Today only, as part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy offers the Caribou Coffee 34-Oz. Stainless Steel Kettle for <b>$9.99</b> with free …

Shikantaza is Understanding Emptiness

What is shikantaza? Suzuki Roshi, the great Zen teacher, says that it is the experience of receiving a "letter from emptiness"The post Shikantaza is …

Meditation

How to Make Thomas Keller's Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette

Salads just got better.<p>It may be surprising that one of Thomas Keller's most prized recipes is a two-step mustard vinaigrette. Even more unexpected, …

This Is the Best Sous Vide Machine We've Ever Used

If you're into science-y food stuff, you need this.<p>I’ve been sous videing everything lately. That’s not an exaggeration. Everything. Pork belly. Chicken breast. Beef short ribs. Salmon fillets. It’s all good. And I’m using the best sous vide machine in the game (so far), the Chefsteps Joule Sous …

Sous

This Technique Can Help You Meditate in Less Than a Minute

While most of us can probably agree that meditating regularly is a great idea in theory, actually putting it into practice might seem like too much …

The 20 best wines in the world, according to Wine Spectator

Each year, they release their list of the top 100 wines in the world.<p>"The wines featured on our Top 100 list capture the character of the past year and exemplify the quality and diversity the wine world has to offer," Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator said in a press release.<p>…

Napa Valley

11 Cozy French Recipes To Warm Up Your Weekend

When we think of French food, we typically imagine fancy white tablecloth restaurants and pâtisseries with pyramids of pastel-colored macarons. But when the French cook at home, they gravitate to simple (yet incredibly delicious) comfort food. From beef bourguignon to potatoes au gratin, here are …

Cooking

Taste Beyond The Tongue

How to Eat With Chopsticks

No matter where you happen to be enjoying Asian food in the world, knowing how to eat with chopsticks correctly will come in handy.<p>Having a little …

Danny Meyer, David Chang, Others Sued Over No-Tipping ‘Conspiracy’

The no-tipping movement has widely been praised as a way to improve the lives of restaurant workers, but a new lawsuit claims restaurant owners are really the ones profiting from zero-gratuity policies.<p>A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in California federal court names several Bay Area and New …

Alan Watts Explains the Meaning of the Tao, with the Help of the Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn

<i>A Nancy panel is an irreducible concept, an atom, and the comic strip is a molecule. - comics theorist Scott McCloud</i><p>A little over ten years ago, …

The art of shakkei or 'borrowed scenery'

Even if nature's beauty is far away, your garden can bring it closer.<p>Are you lucky enough to have a stunning view of a natural landscape from your …

Japanese Gardens

Why Buddhism is true

Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation.<p>Robert Wright, the best-selling author of <i>The Moral Animal</i> and <i>The Evolution of God</i>, has written a new book titled <i>Why Buddhism is True</i><i>.</i> Don’t be put off by the audacious title, though.<p>Wright isn’t proselytizing or implying that other religions are …

Meditation

ZEN ZONE.

Ok, I’m currently in a super ZEN MODE, let me share you my feelings… and how I got on this golden brick road.No headphones on.Nothing on me. No …

Street Photography

Hollywood's Top 25 Power Lunch Spots 2017

How's your table game? From Soho House to Sugarfish and Craft to Culina, THR unveils the annual survey of the town's top midday meal joints for …

The Water Lady Water Stores

Castro Theatre: The epic history of a San Francisco and LGBTQ landmark

Shining a spotlight on the cinematic jewel of the Castro<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>As the Castro Theatre celebrates 95 years in the neighborhood today—it's important to know that it's more than just a place …

Updated midcentury Portland home with Japanese gardens asks $699K

Built in 1966 by developer Robert Rummer<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Portland, Oregon<p><b>Price:</b> $699,000<p>This midcentury modern home was built in …

This simple yoga technique can boost focus and make your skin glow

You know it’s called a monkey mind because it keeps jumping from one thought to another. Ancient yogis estimated that we think—on an average—about …

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

Meditation

'Hollywood Medium' Tyler Henry Talks Whitney Houston-Bobbi Kristina Connection During Bobby Brown Reading (Exclusive Video)

"Hollywood Medium" star Tyler Henry returns to E! Wednesday with all new episodes and he stopped by the <b>TooFab</b> studio to let viewers in on what to …

Chris Rock in a Hard Place: On Infidelity, His New Tour and Starting Over

<b>Last October, Chris Rock</b> drove from his New Jersey home to Greenwich Village’s Comedy Cellar and slipped inside undetected. The Comedy Cellar charges …

Bamboo, the Re-Think

Mention bamboo in a room full of professional gardeners, as I did recently, and they are likely to recoil and say “nooooo” in unison. This useful …