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Globetrotter

A WORLD OF TRAVEL NEWS AND DISCOVERIES

The Great Wave off Kanagawa may well be the most influential artwork ever to come out of Japan. It’s now joined by other pieces from its creator Katsushika Hokusai in a new exhibition at London’s British Museum, the first in the UK to focus on his later life and art. Included among the 110 paintings, woodblock prints and drawings are many depictions of Japanese landscapes, with a focus on that other great Japanese icon – Mount Fuji, seen here dwarfed by the claw-like wave (‘Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave’ runs 25 May–13 Aug; £12; britishmuseum.org).

PHOTOGRAPH: UNDER THE WAVE OFF KANAGAWA (THE GREAT WAVE) FROM THIRTY-SIX VIEWS OF MT FUJI. COLOUR WOODBLOCK, 1831. ACQUISITION SUPPORTED BY THE ART FUND. © THE TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Set loose in Belarus

How many people have you met who’ve been to Belarus? We’re guessing it will be ‘none’. That may, however, be about to change: the fiercely protected and in many ways still Soviet nation is now, if not quite throwing open its doors to visitors, then at least leaving them invitingly ajar. Entry requirements have been relaxed to allow five days’ visa-free entry for the citizens of 80 countries, including the UK. According to our Destination Editor for Eastern Europe, Brana Vladisavljevic, it’s not just Soviet-era enthusiasts who should be getting excited. ‘If you’re looking to escape the tourist crowds and experience genuine hospitality, Belarus could be the place for you,’ she says. With five days, there’s plenty of time to discover the capital Minsk’s lively dining and nightlife scene and make day trips to the lakes of Narochansky National Park and the 16th-century castle at Mir (pictured).

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In the June issue… We are heading to some of the world's most exciting cities. Discover the spirit of Havana through the eyes of five of its citizens, experience two sides to St Petersburg a century after revolution pitted tsars against Soviets, and touch down in two dozen more cities around the world, with new openings to find in places including Seattle, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Dublin. Our Great Escape this month is to the charmed coastline and stirring moors of South Devon, plus we also have a recipe-filled tour of Japan's best regional cuisine, and much more
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