| Aug 21, 2014
| 8:35 AM
Drew Perkoski didn't celebrate his 14th birthday with the usual cake and candles. Instead, he was atop Mount Fuji, tired from his hike, hungry and wondering "How can I breathe better?" he said.
"Mount Fuji is, if anything, humbling," he said,...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 3:40 PM
"A Letter to Momo" does things its own way. A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place. Physical beauty and fearless adventure, silly comedy and sensitive emotions, filmmaker...
| May 9, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Kimora Lee Simmons launches skincare line at Ron Robinson and more southern California shopping news....
| Jul 5, 2009
Sick on a journey--
in my dream staggering
over withered fields.
This is the last haiku ever written by the 17th century Japanese poet Basho Matsuo. He dictated it from his deathbed in a rented room over a florist's shop in the city of Osaka, in the...
| Apr 28, 2009
| 10:53 AM
The Day Before
I am so stressed helping my dear friends finalize the plans for their incredibly complicated wedding that I have begun to mumble to myself. Even more frightening, I am answering! What were they thinking? What was I thinking in agreeing?...
| Aug 30, 2008
SHIRLEY NYQUIST, the vivacious record-keeper of her husband's furniture-making business, pulls out a typewritten list from 1960 showing a walnut armchair with sculpted back and upholstered seat priced at $125. And today? That same chair would be $4,500....
| Aug 26, 2010
| 8:42 PM
When I'd think of Japan, I'd picture cherry blossoms, Buddhist pagodas, geisha and what was probably the most delectable sushi on the planet. Likely because these were the images inscribed in my mind from history books and travel guides.