Japan has a proud artistic tradition and there is a huge number of influential contemporary figures producing work that is appreciated around the world. Here are five to look out for.
Best known for wide-eyed portraits of children, this Tokyo-based painter is one of the biggest names in the Superflat movement. The style mixes traditional Japanese aesthetics with references to contemporary culture, such as manga comic books.
Another painter, Takano is influenced by sci-fi novels and comic books. One of her most famous works is called “EARTH” (2004).
Performance artist and sculptor Mori attended Chelsea College of Art in London, in the late 1980s before returning to Japan. She is known for provocative performances such as Tea Ceremony (1995), in which she serves tea to Japanese businessmen while dressed as an alien-like secretary figure.
An animator known for her work examining Japanese identity, Tabaimo is based in Karuizawa. Much of her work focuses on culture and the impact of globalization and technology.
One of a pioneering group of street photographers, Moriyama made his name capturing images of post-war Japan as the country developed at breakneck speed.
It’s time to say goodbye to summer clothes activities and drinks. Switch out your favorite summer sips for delicious fall-themed cocktails from hotels and resorts around the world. Whether you like vodka, rum or bourbon, there is a cocktail just for you.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Adults who came of age in the 1990s will remember fondly the iconic Planet Hollywood sign. And now, that sign can be seen at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas — the museum recently acquired the restaurant sign that originally rotated upon an iconic column pedestal in front of Caesars Palace Forum Shops and Colosseum. Planet Hollywood International/Earl Enterprises donated the sign, currently being assessed for conservation and display plans.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Traveling when you are vegan or vegetarian can be a little worrisome, especially if you aren’t familiar with the food scene. To help ease the stress and give you a guide, WalletHub, a personal finance website, released a report on 2021’s Best Cities for Vegan & Vegetarians.