Tokyo’s Misfit Sibling Comes of Age

Skylife, March 2018 — It’s best to say out loud from the outset an open secret: Osaka is not on the radar of everyone who visits Japan. Most people travel to Tokyo, the neon capital of the world, but bypass Osaka and continue to Kyoto, the country’s cultural heart. As the noisy and fun-loving sibling …

A Rhodes Scholar Speaks Out

An academic star of Haitian descent responds to Trump’s anti-immigrant remarks West Side Spirit — Jan. 22, 2018 Thamara Jean is a regular at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where she helps her family at the church all day every Sunday. For the 22-year-old political science major at Hunter College — who in November …

A Pinch of Spice

GASTRONOMY WORLD WAKES UP TO MAGICAL INGREDIENTS — INCLUDING A GOOD OLD TURKISH CHILI. Skylife — March 2017 Recent developments in many countries around the world may have left everyone wondering whether or not we are nearing the end of globalization and a return to isolation. But in true fashion of the zeitgeist’s mantra of …

Kyoto in Cherry Blossom Season

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” Skylife — April 2017 In a scene from the movie The Last Samurai, the character of Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto, the samurai leader, walks in a temple garden surrounded by sakura (cherry blossoms) …