Case History: Lost and found

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How a tsunami-tossed pair of sacred Japanese artifacts found their way across the Pacific and back home again. Surrounded by seagulls, the first kasagi discovered on the beach in Oceanside, Oregon, in March 2013. Photograph by Judson Randall. A wooden plaque mortised into the second kasagi to wash up in Oregon bore the name of the donor, Toshimi Takahashi, and …

Enlightenment in Black and White

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Nestled along the luxuriant cliff-side banks of the Mekong River, Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, is a city of stately palaces, villas, and bungalows left from the French colonial period, as well as many golden temples (vats) alive with the Buddhist culture of their attendant monasteries. While its local textile industry is renowned, what seduces the visitor …

Palaces regained

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Along the storied waterways of old Bohemia, where the Vlatava (Moldau) and Labe (Elbe) Rivers run their courses, the former flowing into the latter, the princely and diplomatic Lobkowicz family, dating back to the fifteenth century, has returned to reestablish an all encompassing cultural presence in what is now the Czech Republic. Twentieth century history usually shows refugees from political …