A statue of the Buddha from Seattle's Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist temple bearing the Buddhist swastika. (Photo by Tim Gruver)

Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?

Earlier this year, the Japanese government recommended replacing the swastika on maps because tourists mistook the Buddhist manji for the Nazi symbol.
May 9, 2016

Bourgeois bakery brings flavor of “French Tokyo” to Queen Anne

The pace at Cafe de Lion is slow — a very deliberate slow that’s now as rare in Seattle as it is in Japan, where owner Daisuke Miura, his wife Tomoyo and their son Lion (the cafe’s namesake) moved from two years ago. Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg play in the background as young diners enjoy green tea […]
Jul 10, 2012

Five global hipster meccas even cooler than Seattle

Last week hipster Seattleites shrugged indifferently at the news that our city had been named by Travel and Leisure as America’s best city for hipsters. Seattle took the prized vegan cupcake for first place, and was lauded by the site for our brains, Mac products, coffee snobbery and unique “buttoned-down” brand of hipster. We even […]
Apr 13, 2012
Gourmet dog Japon

Japanese Fusion Hot Dogs take over Seattle

If you couldn’t make the trip to Tokyo for this week’s Mariners season opener, you could try celebrating here in Seattle with a Japanese twist on a baseball classic: Gourmet Dog Japon is a network of 3 food carts at 2nd and Pike, Belltown and Westlake Center, serving ‘Japanese Fusion hot dogs’. The most popular dog is the Matsure – a […]
Mar 28, 2012

Mariners in Tokyo to open MLB season on Wednesday

The Mariners will kick off the Major League Baseball season on Wednesday. But if you’re thinking of going to the game, drive right past Safeco and head to Sea-Tac. The team will be in Japan playing a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday and Thursday. The match-up in Tokyo has been […]
Mar 27, 2012