From The Editor
Japan seems to have nearly as many seasons as months in the year. There’s fall, winter, spring and summer. The white season, the pink season, the green season and the fiery red. There’s the rainy season, the taifu season and even the dreaded kafunsho season. There’s even bonenkai season, shinenkai season and moving season. Well, after four wonderful years cranking out our magazine up the street from Yoyogi Koen, it’s finally moving season for Outdoor Japan. And although we’ll miss the roof balcony barbecues at our Yoyogi Uehara office and the Jingumae fireworks, we’re looking forward to our new proximity to the surf at our new digs in Chigasaki. We’ll be trading in Tokyo life for Shonan life, discs in the park for discs on the beach, but we’re still less than an hour from downtown Tokyo so make sure you come down and see us soon.
We’ve also happy to announce two new columns starting in this issue of Outdoor Japan Magazine. The first is the long anticipated debut of “Inside Out,” from the wonderfully irreverent mind and illustrative fingers of longtime OJ Art Director Craig Yamashita. Nothing is sacred, you’ve been warned. We are also excited to add a new cycling column from an extremely accomplished cycling guide and author, Takashi Niwa. Niwa-san has cycled some of the most challenging roads in the world, but he’ll share his love for cycling in Japan as well as knowledge of some of the country’s top touring routes.
We hope you’ll enjoy all the refreshing content for in this issue, from exploring mountain trails and hidden bays to some of the most exciting rivers in Japan. And you’ll want to get your hands on the next issue a s well since it will include our annual Summer Music Festival Calendar and Outdoor Japan’s first Surfing Guide.