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Chasing Dragons in KomodoBy Rie Miyoshi

The savannah of the dry, rugged islands before me looks bare and deserted, so it’s difficult to imagine that one of the world’s deadliest creatures lurks within. Curiously shaped islets haphazardly jut out of the glassy ocean, their coastl...

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The Reemergence of AraiBy Sam Leitch

Back in February I was skiing in the traditional hot spring town of Nozawa Onsen when I first heard the unlikely tale of Arai Resort. The heir to the Sony fortune had spent close to a billion dollars building Arai for the sole purpose of opening Japan...

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Nakasendo: A Flash from the PastBy Amy Chavez

For years I’d wanted to hike the Nakasendo, the ancient Edo Period route used for travel between the capital of Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The 69 post towns along the Nakasendo provided accommodation and services to daimyo (feudal lords) and their e...

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Scaling Fuji in SpringBy David Niehoff

You might think no one would be crazy enough to be on Japan’s highest volcano during this “forbidden” season. Read more to find out about scaling Mt. Fuji pre-season! http://www.outdoorjapanadventures.com/magazine/play/scaling-fuji-...

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Gappai: Balancing FameBy Rie Miyoshi

One spring afternoon in 2008, 24-year-old Okayama native Toru Osugi was a few years out of college working odd jobs and looking for a new hobby to pursue. He stumbled upon slacklining, an obscure sport barely heard of in Japan, and in just a decade, b...

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What Lies Beyond the HorizonBy Abdel Ibrahim

When I was growing up, Myanmar was one of those places from which you didn’t hear anything good. Mass media and the movies portrayed it as a country where nearly everyone was oppressed, and barring a large-scale revolution, nothing good was li...

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The Unstoppable Bruce CookBy Rie Miyoshi

Back in 2014, freestyle motocross rider Bruce Cook was attempting the biggest trick in the world of action sports at the time, a double front flip on a dirt bike. Little did he know his life would change forever as he rode out in front of thousands...

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Aomori SpringBy Keith Stubbs

Every winter a growing number of powder seekers arrive on Japan’s shores and then head to the mountain in search of the famous bottomless snow falls. Ski resorts have taken notice as more and more are turning their attention to developing off-...

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Fire & Spice in the Banda SeaBy Tim Rock

Seven-thousand friendly inhabitants call the charming port town of Banda Neira home. It is one of the most picturesque ports in Indonesia, steeped in trading history and settled amidst a backdrop of lush mountains and a recently quiet volcano. The ...

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Return of the Trail NinjasBy Dr. Jimi

On a cold autumn morning atop Mt. Iwatake, the clouds blanket the valley and the sleeping village of Hakuba. It’s just before sunrise, and the peaks of Shirouma and Karamatsu are vividly painted by the first rays of the morning sun. Near the t...

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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...