This 2014 photo shows souvenirs from Midori-ya bamboo shop.Some neighborhoods in the Japanese capital are known for modern creations: high tech, animation, youth fashion. In others, artisans are keeping traditional crafts alive, both by preserving them and bringing them up to date. Small crafts shops crowd the trio of neighborhoods called Yanesen (a combination of their names, Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi) in Tokyo’s old downtown. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi)

“Children who watch the magical event of the candy being made stare open-mouthed,” says the shop’s English flyer, but when I watched Takahiro Yoshihara pull the sugar into the legs and horns of a Japanese rhinoceros beetle, the kids weren’t the only ones gaping.

Visitors walk through Quincy Market as others eat lunch and shop Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boston. The owners of Boston's historic Quincy Market are envisioning a major overhaul of the iconic complex of food vendors and retailers. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Quincy Market, the granite-columned marketplace just behind red-brick Faneuil Hall, is part of one of the world’s top tourist destinations, attracting visitors seeking a taste of revolutionary history and a cup of New England clam chowder.

Suzanne Rubin, president of American’s reward program, said that the company wanted to work first on the details of combining two programs before considering switching to a spending-based system.


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