The Allure of Contradictions

Japan offers travelers a mind-boggling mix of tradition and technology

To the American eye, Japan remains a country of contrasts, a theme made manifest most recently in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation.” Bob Harris, laconically played by Bill Murray, and Charlotte, the lush Scarlet Johansson, sleep walk through a cinematic rendering of modern Japanese society. The pachinko parlors, the pulsing neon skyline and the tranquil shrines all exist in blazing point and counter point.

KEY RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL IN JAPAN

Japan Airlines has a website geared to gay and lesbian travelers at japanair.com/gaytravel.

For flexible tours and discounted fares through Japan Airlines, visit japanair.com.

The official Japanese tourist bureau can be accessed at japantravel info.com

Japan Rail offers an amazing train pass throughout the nation. For information, visit japanrailpass. net/eng/ en01.html.

Other gay travel resources include mytravelguide.com/city-guide/Asia/Japan/Gay-and-lesbian-Japan and gaytimes.co.uk/gt/default. asp?topic=country&country=524.

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