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Faces in the Crowd

From Saipan with Love By Glenn Policare

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Eugene Teal Surf Family By J.M. Roberts

Big Kahuna brings surfing and Hawaiian brotherhood to burned-out businessmen in Chiba. It’s a brisk Sunday morning in May and I’m on the 6:15 a.m. train headed for Chiba—hangover notwithstanding. The city gives way to green rice fie...


The Great Ballini By Rob Volansky

Juggling personal relationships and careers in the arts brought Stefan Bell from his native Hungary to Canada, America, and then to a small town in central Hokkaido where he’s still juggling…and much more. At age14, Stefan Bell taught hi...


Daichi: A Small Shop Built on Big Ideas By Greg Lowan

FAIR TRADE Nakatsu is a small city of 85,000 in Kyushu’s Oita Prefecture about halfway between the famous hot springs of Beppu to the east and the modern metropolis of Fukuoka to the west. A few years ago my wife, Miho, took a teaching positi...