From the Editor

BY DON NICHOLS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER CALVIN

JAPAN BECKONS
Two of my family members vacationed in Japan this past January, exploring Tokyo and Kyoto. When I recently had dinner with them in LA, where they live, I naturally asked whether they had a good time in the  Far East. "Yes!" they exclaimed.

Such enthusiasm prompted me to ask what they liked best about the Land of the Rising Sun. "The people," they replied with no hesitation, using adjectives such as conscientious, considerate, friendly, and thoughtful to describe the locals. They also raved about the food, explaining they had only one bad meal.

I wanted to hear about their trip because our Japan cover story had really piqued my interest in visiting this faraway destination that I've always been a little intimidated by, knowing its culture differs so sharply from ours. But writer Elizabeth Woodson does an excellent job of taking the mystery out of this alluring land and making a visit there seem doable - and utterly mesmerizing. Read her story and see if you agree.

I'm not a skier, but I'm all for escaping to mountain resorts in the warm weather for outdoor fun. When I read Bill Fink's guide to Lake Tahoe's many new summer attractions, I immediately put that lakeside haven on my must-see list, as well. I want to do a cannonball jump into that refreshing-looking water every time I see that lake photo on the story's opening spread.

The many other stories we have for you in this issue run the gamut from tips on playing links courses to a wine with a deceptive name that's quickly gaining popularity. Happy reading.

Young Guns

Two junior golfers from ClubCorp clubs fared well at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship held at Augusta prior to the Masters in April. Turn to page 68 to learn more about these youthful overachievers.

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