A LAYER OF FOG LINGERED ABOVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD of Suganami as if on the brink of a soft rain. It was a quiet midweek morning....

HIGH ABOVE THE VAST BLUE OCEAN of Japan's Inland Sea, I looked through the window of the train and watched the numerous islands that make up this region go by one after the other. I shook my head in disbelief, reflecting on the fact that a year ago this was simply an idea....

THE BULLET TRAIN IN JAPAN is a marvel of modern transportation. Known as the Shinkansen, if you’re not on it the second it’s planned to depart, you’ll be left behind. My friends and I were headed to Hakone, a region in the hills outside of Tokyo at the base of Mt. Fuji....