Enjoying an Alpen Winter at Kusatsu

By Vicki L. Beyer As my husband urges our car up the mountainside, I am lost in thought looking out the window at the scenery.  It snowed overnight, so the roadside and the buildings we pass are all covered in round pillows of white.  Fortunately, the road is clear, and dry in most places.  Then…

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Keeping Busy in Kusatsu

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Japan Today and can be viewed here. By Vicki L. Beyer Are you looking for a way to enjoy winter, but with the chance to thaw in a traditional hot spring bath as well? Kusatsu Onsen in the Japanese Alps of northwestern Gunma prefecture is just the…

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It’s the People You Meet

By Vicki L. Beyer Have you ever noticed how it’s the people you meet while travelling who leave the most lasting impression?  Often, I remember a place as much for its people as for what I see or do there.  Interestingly, sometimes those memorable people aren’t even alive! That was certainly true when, on a…

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JI Core 50 in Action: Jay Ponazecki Visits Kusatsu Onsen

By Lee Reeve Jay Ponazeki a long-term resident of Tokyo, lawyer and well-known local business leader. She’s a former partner of law firm Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office, and has been the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s president since 2013. This year, as one of Jarman International’s “JI Core 50” members, she travelled to…

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