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Beyond Niseko with Black Diamond ToursBy Rie Miyoshi

Photo by Glen Claydon It’s a chilly winter day in Tokyo, but Clayton Kernaghan is comfortable in a T-shirt, laughing about how warm is the city. After all, he’s the founder of award-winning Black Diamond Lodge and Tours, operating world...

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An Interview with 4-Time Olympic Skier Akira SasakiBy Rie Miyoshi

Photos by Neil Hartmann Your path to become Japan’s top alpine skier was a bit unconventional. I’m from a small town called Hokuto, which is right next to the more famous city of Hakodate. We don’t get a lot of snow there, but my...

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Forging Deus Powder ToolsBy Rie Miyoshi

Photos by Woody Gooch Motorcycles and surfboards may seem like an unlikely marriage, but Deus Ex Machina has taken their love building custom bikes and boards into an international brand from Australia to Bali, Italy to L.A. Deus has drawn inspirat...

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The Other Skiers of JapanBy William Ross

Photos by Grant Gunderson You can’t miss them in their style-less camouflage clothes and olive helmets. Their straight white skis, fat white fiberglass poles with monster rings and leather-strap bindings holding in what looks like a light lea...

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The Way EastBy Aaron Jamieson

The idea of this journey began to form shortly after I arrived in Japan nearly a decade ago. Spurred from a love of wild mountains and perfect waves, the trip lay dormant until I met Lena Stoffel and Aline Bock. Hokkaido’s mixture of rugged cu...

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From the Fish Market to the World MarketBy Rie Miyoshi

From back porch home-brewing to a state-of-the-art sustainable-minded brewery on the Izu Peninsula, Baird Beer has grown up continuing to play an important role in growing the appreciation for craft beer in Japan while staying true to their mission to...

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Miyako MagicBy Bonnie Waycott

Below the ocean surface lies a landscape littered with patches of coral reef, sandy areas and nudibranchs that light up against torches. Huge rocky structures with tunnels and arches plummet into the depths, the sunbeams streaming through them. Bonnie...

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Islands of the Demon KingBy Tim Rock & Elaine Kwok

Banner fish swirled around the huge body of this denizen of the deep, angelfish, wrasses and a few other fish also pecked at its skin. It hovered in the open blue, not far above the coral reef from where we calmly watched. One of the largest, oddest a...

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Aizu Unplugged: KomanokoyaBy Pauline Kitamura

Japan is one of the most plugged-in nations in the world. There aren’t many places in this fiber-optic country where you are truly out of touch. Even on top of iconic Mt. Fuji, you can send a post card to friends or family. So it should not ...

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The Reckless Optimist's Next Phase: An Interview with Travis RiceBy Gardner Robinson

“Once Travis has an idea in his head, it’s really hard for him to let it go,” understates one of his cohorts in “The Fourth Phase.” Travis Rice’s new film recently premiered in Tokyo to a packed house. The film ch...

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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 ...