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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

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 family of adventurers on the northern Swed...

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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...

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Wonders of WakayamaBy Bonnie Waycott

Bonnie Waycott dives Kansai, exploring the underwater world from Kushimoto to Oshima. The town of Kushimoto is located on the southern curve of Wakayama Prefecture. It is surrounded by the ocean while nestled between mountains and the sea. Vessels ...

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Fishing with Bears in ShiretokoBy Abdel Ibrahim

The forest was as pristine as one could possibly hope. We heard nothing but the tree branches rustling in the breeze and the flow of the Akan River just ahead of us. It was a perfect moment until the frightful thought of potentially encountering ye...

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North Sulawesi RevealedBy Rie Miyoshi

To describe Indonesia’s countless islands in one giant swoop is virtually impossible. They are as versatile as they are numerous. Bali often deservedly garners high praise, but many travelers never venture beyond the island paradise or neighbo...

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Yatsugatake CyclingBy Gardner Robinson

Paul Chetwynd’s cycling career has spanned more than two decades, from beginnings at the foot of Mt. Seymour on Vancouver’s North Shore, where freeriding was born, to the base of the Yatsugatake Mountains in southern Nagano, an outdoor p...

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Bali BelowBy Tim Rock, Yoko Higashide and Elaine Kwok

  Bali's exotic aura can be found beyond the legendary beaches and powerfull swell; the island’s mystique extends below into the ocean realm.   I was looking at the coral-encrusted remains of the engine room of a WWII-era Am...

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Explore Art and Nature in Echigo-TsumariBy Rie Miyoshi

At the base of Niigata Prefecture lies the mountainous region of Echigo-Tsumari. The beautiful 760 sq.-kilometer area fully embraces Japan’s four seasons. The landscape here shifts from bright green terraced rice fields in ...

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Dive into the Other Oki IslandsBy Bonnie Wycott

The Oki Islands consist of four large inhabited islands and about 180 smaller uninhabited ones. Dogo Island (or Okinoshima) is the largest, followed by the Dozen Islands that consist of Nishinoshima, Chiburijima and Nakanoshima. Fishing, agriculture...

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Spring White RaftingBy Rie Miyoshi

After a heavy powder season, the snowpacked mountains have fed Japan’s rivers with fast-flowing rapids for some great whitewater rafting action. Whitewater is classified into grades from 1 (nearly flat water) to 6 (so rough i...

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Q&A Sachi AmmaBy Photography by Eddie Gianelloni

Photography by Eddie Gianelloni Over the past few years, Japan’s two-time World Cup Champion Sachi Amma’s focus has slowly moved away from climbing competitions and toward testing the boundaries of his abilities on s...

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Perfectly NorwayBy Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard

By Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard  “You know America was discovered by the Vikings, not Christopher Columbus, right?” says Bjørn. We are sitting by the fire talking to Bjørn. Last night he invited us to...