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Holiday Magazine” continues its thematic coverage with the release of a new edition dedicated to Japan. For Spring/Summer 2015, the publication turned an eye east, hoping to rediscover old traditions and chart the developments of new histories.

At just over 330 pages, the issue features interviews with cultural icons such as artist, photographer and dandy extraordinaire Jean-Paul Goude, who offers a humorous and surprisingly transparent point of view on a myriad of topics. Smaller articles explore the narratives of personalities like Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, a man who continued to live as a guerrilla fighter in the jungles of the Philippines for almost 30 years after World War II ended. Onoda’s single-minded determination to serve his country, even after his assistance was no longer needed, drew the attention of the then 25-year-old explorer Norio Suzuki. At the time, Onoda had become a fable of sorts in Japan and Suzuki was determined to find him in the flesh. Their subsequent acquaintance is described as a meeting of “two of the stubbornest men in Japanese history.”

Scattered between the profiles of Rie Miyazawa, Kenzo Takada and more, are fashion editorials, art and photography pieces, and articles focused on some of Japan’s most fascinating cultural practices. The issue recognizes that, like any country, Japan is a historically rich, multi-layered destination full of beautiful complexities. As such, the magazine doesn’t aim to explain or tell the reader how to experience Japan, it rather shows them what it is possible to discover there.

You can purchase the issue through Holiday’s website now.

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
Contributor