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In the shadow of Red October

By Steve Rosenberg<br>Moscow correspondent<p>A century ago, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia and created the world’s first Marxist state.<p>The dramatic events of 1917 still reverberate.<p>But what legacy of the revolution can be seen in four cities in Vladimir Putin's Russia?<p>The portrait with the …

Catalonia and the perils of fiscal redistribution

POPULISM is the weapon not just of the downtrodden. As the crisis in Catalonia demonstrates, the rich have economic anxieties of their own. Catalonia …

Economics

The outrageous street-style tribes of Harajuku

The wild, cartoonish street styles born in the Harajuku district in Tokyo marked a revolution in Japanese style. Lindsay Baker finds out if this spirit has been tamed.<p>“The fresh, colourful harvest of Japanese fashion,” is how pioneering photographer Shoichi Aoki describes his subject – the wild and …

Japan

The Best Road Trips in the World

We pooled our editors for their ultimate road trip picks. While the snacks and tools you pack for a drive through Namibia's deserts might be slightly different than, say, Hawaii's Road to Hana, the joy is all the same. Here, 13 of the best road trips in the world, whether you're looking to stop at …

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Are long hours the secret to success? Here’s how to maximize your productivity to get ahead at work.

Superbowl-winning football coach Jon Gruden used to wake up every morning at 3:17 a.m. to the Notre Dame fight song. Even when that clock “expired of …

This 'Little Ass' is the Unsung Queen of Italian Cured Meats

Unlike its internationally ubiquitous cousin, prosciutto, Culatello di Zibello almost never leaves its home of the Po river valley, which is one of …

Food Preservation

Italy's Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals And Mysterious Rules

Coffee — it's something many can't start the day without. In Italy, it is a cultural mainstay, and the country is perhaps the beverage's spiritual home.<p>After all, Italy gave us the lingo — espresso, cappuccino, latte — and its coffee culture is filled with rituals and mysterious rules.<p>Caffé Greco …

Coffee

The timeless allure of pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean have been a source of fascination for more than 300 years – and they express an anxiety about modern society, writes Roger Luckhurst.<p>Talk about a stash of golden doubloons. The Pirates of the Caribbean films have grossed more than $4 billion (£3.14 billion) worldwide, with …

Royal Navy

The Best Ramen in Tokyo

Suzuran<p>1-7-12 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku<p><b>Order:</b> Kakuni Tanmen<p>If there’s a New York-born Jewish guy who knows his Tokyo ramen, it’s Ivan Orkin. He lived in the …

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Wreaks Havoc and Ruins Lives

Meet the Schemers, Investors,<p>and Dreamers Who Were<p>Bewitched By a Giant Green Rock<p>Meet the Schemers, Investors, and Dreamers Who Were Bewitched By a …

The Best Itinerary for Japan

Packed with both modern and ancient culture, Japan makes for a fascinating travel destination. One could spend months exploring the scenery, food, …

The cherry blossoms are here! Kawazu in Japan experiences the first bloom of the season

A town on the east coast of Japan has welcomed a pleasant arrival this week, as the cherry blossom trees in the area came into bloom, announcing the beginning of the season.<p>Located in Shizuoka Prefecture, approximately three hours south of Tokyo by car, the Kawazu-zakura are a unique type of …

Tokyo On A Budget - 10 Free Things To Do In Tokyo

Shares 3K<p>I just got back from a trip to Tokyo, Japan, and OH MY GAHD.<p><b>This city is seriously a dream. It's such a magical place with a hidden gem on</b> …

Japan

Cherry blossoms are blooming in Japan, and it's an Instagram dream come true

Snow is the prettiest thing about winter. It looks so magical while it’s falling, and it’s fun to play in while it’s fresh. But whoever first said …

Japan

Here's When the 2018 Japanese Cherry Blossom Season Starts

Plan your trip now.<p>Japan takes cherry blossom season seriously: There are blogs, news reports, special menus, and talk shows following the trees as they go into full bloom across the country. There's even a special Japanese word, <i>hanami</i>, devoted to the viewing of cherry blossoms—and picnicking …

The story behind the Statue of Liberty’s unexpected transformation into a beacon for refugees and immigrants

When the Statue of Liberty was completed in 1886, it was a symbol of friendship with France, and a celebration of democracy and the end of American slavery. It wasn’t, however, the symbol of welcome to the world’s tired and “huddled masses” that it is today. How the statue came to be a beacon to …

Literature

Japanese people who can't afford elder care are reviving a practice known as 'granny dumping'

Today, amid Japan's widespread demographic and economic woes, <i>ubasute</i> is making a comeback.<p>Modern-day granny dumping doesn't involve hauling seniors up the sides of mountains, but driving them to hospitals or the offices of nearby charities and, essentially, giving them up for adoption.<p>"There are a …

Sumo: Can Japan's national sport survive?

The millennia-old sport of sumo, arguably the quintessential Japanese game, has been played largely in its current form since the Edo period. But with a combination of decline in young people's interest in the game with its ceremonial traditions, influx of top players from outside Japan and …

Japan

Top 5 Must-See Places in Japan for 2017

The past year saw a record number of tourists visit Japan’s shores to experience the country’s fascinating blend of historic shrines and temples …

Japan

How To Immerse Yourself Into Local Japanese Culture

See Sights, Like The Chidorigafuchi Moat, From New Perspectives, <i>Photo Credit: The Leading Hotels of the World LTD</i>If you’re like many travelers these …

Japan

Japanese Body Language: 7 Key Gestures to Learn

It may surprise you to know there are close to 100 different gestures regularly used by Japanese people to communicate with friends, colleagues and …

Body Language

Japan’s trains are in a league of their own. Japan’s subculture of train fanatics is no different.

TOKYO — Just as Japan’s trains are in a league of their own, so too are its trainspotters.<p>This country, where a 20-second delay leads to profuse apologies on the platforms and conductors bow to passengers as they enter the train car, has taken train nerd-dom to a new level.<p>Sure, there are the …

Trains

12 Astonishingly Unique Beaches You Won’t Believe Exist

<b>Cave Beach in Algarve, Portugal</b><p>Benagil, a small Portuguese village on the Atlantic Ocean in Lagoa Municipality, is a big draw for tourists with the …

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4 Ways to Beat the Sunday Night Blues

Sunday night: it’s the wet blanket of the weekend—and if you’ve ever felt your TGIFs morph into OMGs as Sunday comes to a close, you’re not alone. …

These Are the 5 Best TED Talks Ever, According to the Guy Who Runs TED

The event's boss names the talks that have taught him the most.<p>If you're a massive TED fan like me, you've probably watched a whole lot of the compelling talks by now. But when it comes to consuming all the insights TED has to offer, even the most dedicated enthusiasts can't hold a candle to Chris …

DISTRESSED INVESTOR: 'It’s time to put money to work'

"It's obviously an energy and commodities-focused distressed cycle...and it reminds me of the early 2000s tech and telecom bust," Angelo Rufino, portfolio manager of Brookfield Asset Management, said in a panel at the Debtwire investors summit Tuesday.<p>"We're in the early innings but its time to put …

The True Story of the Booze, Bullfights, and Brawls That Inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel gave a voice to the Lost Generation—often by lifting it directly from his affluent expat circle in post-war Paris. A new book by Lesley M. M. Blume recounts the scandalous trip to Pamplona that inspired Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and the characters …

Prince’s “Tough” Interview and the Power of Mystique

“Y’all just <i>tiptoe</i> around the man!” <b>Chris Rock</b> was saying to me, playfully but pointedly. “<i>I’m</i> the only one who had the balls to ask Prince the <i>tough</i> questions!”<p>This was 18 years ago, so let me back up.<p>Mystique is not a thing that can be worked at; it either comes naturally or it doesn’t. And like …

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain