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Shaping the Future in BaliBy Rie Miyoshi

It’s sunrise at Bali’s infamous Legian Beach. The shore is dotted with a few early birds walking the idyllic sands, and I'm lucky enough to have the waves all to myself. Closer to the palm trees and the main road, the locals set up shop...

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Art in the Inland SeaBy Amy Chavez

This summer, from July 18 to Sept. 4, one of Japan’s most interesting art festivals is back. The Setouchi Triennale Art Festival features contemporary art against the backdrop of Japan's Seto Inland Sea. The festival, held every three years, h...

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Refreshing Alpine AdventuresBy Tony Grant

Anyone who has spent a lot of time here knows the mountains of Japan are an adventure playground of almost unlimited scope. When I arrived here a decade ago, there was plenty of information in English about hiking but precious little about more tech...

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Diving Kanto's CoastBy Bonnie Waycott

  Divers in Tokyo will undoubtedly be thrilled to discover a colorful underwater world lies just beneath their doorstep. Bonnie Waycott travels to nearby Atami and Miyagawa Bay and finds you don't have to go far from the capital to enjoy some ...

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Subterranean Homesick BluesBy Rie Miyoshi

Imagine what it would be like to step inside a diamond. Everything is so vast, and the ceiling, walls and floor are sparkling. It’s absolutely breathtaking. That’s what spelunking is like for Katsuji Yoshida. The 49-year-old Osaka nativ...

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Reefs, Walls and Critters in the VisayasBy Tim Rock

Darin You’ll most likely fly into Cebu and then make the short plane ride or ferry trip to Dauin via Dumaguette. In fact, when divers say they are going to Dumaguette, the capital city of Negros Oriental, they are really on their way to rusti...

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Getting Your Jig on in TerengganuBy Rie Miyoshi

The Malaysian evening sun was blazing on the horizon as we entered the choppy South China Sea. As the sun set, local Muslim fishermen completed their evening prayers on the roofs of their fishing boats. Aided by a full moon, the seasoned f...

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Formosa First DescentsBy Mike Harris

"I can see the confluence,” I yelled back to the other members of the team. Cheers rose from the other side of the swollen river. We had finally reached the end of the first descent of the Marishan Canyon after an epic seven days deep in ...

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Untouched YanbaruBy Rie Miyoshi

Hot tea and mochi is always a good idea after a windy hike. I had just descended Mt. Deisan Damui on an uncharacteristically chilly day in Okinawa. Although the 230-meter high karst cone took only 20 minutes to reach, I was on all fours for the majo...

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Chasing Glaciers in PatagoniaBy Aaron Jamieson

Patagonia is nature at its most extreme. Between the epic mountains and ancient glaciers is an enormous expanse of nothingness. Planning a route through this arid terrain seems as simple as joining the dots between distant petrol stations and hoping...

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Yuki-ItaBy Rie Miyoshi

Born and raised in Nagano, Atsushi Gomyo is no stranger to the mountains. He began snowboarding when he was 10 and climbed the professional snowboarding ladder in his early teens. In his 20s, he began riding for Gentemstick, the legendary powder boa...

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Follow Your HeartBy Rie Miyoshi

Courtesy of Daniel Rönnbäck The life of Scandinavian skier and artist Sandra Fransson is a mosaic of her lifelong passion for skiing and art, inspiration from the outdoors and the continuing legacy of her brother. Sandra grew up in a fam...

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Raja Ampat: Indonesia's Eco-Success StoryBy Tim Rock

“Raja Ampat may well be the hottest diving destination on the planet right now. And there’s good reason for this. The diving can be spellbinding.” Raja Ampat, with its incredible scenic island, teeming reefs, isolated and protecte...

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Reclaiming the Seas of SanrikuBy Bonnie Waycott

On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake in Japan's history triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region. Since the disaster, a group of volunteer divers has been collecting debris washed away by the colossal waves and helping ...

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The Roof of AustraliaBy Aaron Jamieson

It was almost midnight when we set out on skins from the tiny collection of lodges at Guthega, a “ski village” in Kosciuszko National Park. It was late winter, and the forecast showed a large storm rolling in. Teddy Laycock, our basecamp...

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Surf to TurfBy Rie Miyoshi

From the Hawaii surf to Keio’s stadium turf, David Stant is making waves in Japan.  It’s a rainy day at Keio University with a typhoon heading this way, but Keio Unicorns Coach David Stant couldn’t be more stoked. Af...

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Find Yourself in WakatobiBy Rie Miyoshi

  Off the southeast coast of Sulawesi is a quiet cluster of islands known collectively as Wakatobi. It’s not uncommon to have beaches and dive spots to yourself here. While the area is well known to divers and marine biologists, this I...

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Walking the NakasendoBy Michael Douglas

As the local population ages in Japan’s countryside, a way of life begins to disappear. Travelers returning to Japan’s historical highways, such as the Nakasendo, to catch a glimpse into the past before they are gone are discovering th...