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All aboard Hello Kitty: Pink bullet train debuts in Japan

A Hello Kitty-themed “shinkansen” bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon icon inside and out, it’s a dream ride for fans of the internationally popular character.


Water parks and pools in Japan and Okinawa

A calendar of nearby water parks and pools of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Explore an abandoned Chinese village now engulfed by nature

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — “Back Bay” in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90 kilometers off the coast of Shanghai.


It’s leisure as usual for travelers to Hawaii despite lava flow

While the photos and videos of the popping, churning, spewing lava from Kilauea volcano look post-apocalyptic, officials with the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau say that the danger zones are isolated to private, residential areas and they don’t expect an impact on travelers. "Really, almost 90 percent of the island is unaffected," says Ross Birch, executive director of the Hawaii Island Visitors and Convention Bureau.


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Tokyo’s Imperial Palace offers history, architecture, nature amid skyscrapers

Every year, thousands of tourists and locals flock to Tokyo’s Imperial Palace — which embodies the old-meets-new aesthetic that dominates much of Tokyo, with modern office buildings and upscale department stores surrounding the traditional buildings and greenery of the nearly 561-year-old complex.



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Award-winning baguettes, French ambiance enhance Shibuya’s Viron

Viron serves a wide variety of standard French brasserie dishes, such as terrine and choucroute garnie, a type of sausage and sauerkraut plate — but also offers a selection of delicious bread, sandwiches and pastries made in the bakery downstairs.



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Fireworks in the Pacific

A calendar of fireworks and festivals in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.


Water parks and pools in Japan and Okinawa

A calendar of nearby water parks and pools of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

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