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I Love Canoe Summer Tours

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

Minakami is known as Honshu’s adventure capital since adrenaline junkies flock to the area for white water rafting, canyoning, MTB and bungy jumping. I Love Canoe offers a kinder, gentler option, with full-day or half-day canoe and kayak tours on beautiful Lake Naramata and Lake Akaya. Kids 3 years and older can enjoy gliding across the water this summer, and there’s nothing better than a lakeside BBQ after a great day on the water. Web: www.ilovecanoe.jp

Burton Analog Skate Bowl 

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

Until now, Burton Japan’s skate bowl has been something of an urban myth. You know someone who knows someone who has skated there, but you’ve never checked it out first hand. That all changes now as the Burton Analog Bowl Park is open to the public every Wednesday to Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. To gain entry, just print out the form at the link below, get a stamp at a dealer shop and bring the registration form to the park. Form Web link: www.burton.co.jp/AnalogBowlPark/AG_BP.pdf

MTB Japan Summer Tours

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

If you’ve been daydreaming about getting out and on the bike this summer, MTB Japan has a variety of tours available. You can race through a tight single track by a secret mountain lake on an adrenaline-pumping course or quietly cruise by a scenic waterfall, then enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding Alps. Learn how to ride “skinnies” and “teeter-totters” on our Mitsumine course or challenge yourself on the roller-coaster Kuresaka-toge speed course. Half-day, full-day or multi-day tours are customized to suit all levels and can be combined with other Minakami adventures. Web: www.mtbjapan.com

The Ridge Reopens in Hakuba

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

The Ridge is Hakuba’s new luxury hotel and the latest and greatest addition to the growing Hakuba resort scene. Located in the heart of Happo next to the Hakuba Tokyu Hotel, The Ridge was originally built for VIPs, including members of the Imperial Family, who could enjoy watching the Nagano Olympics from the breathtaking Penthouse Suite. It reopens in July, just in time for people to flee the Tokyo heat and relax in the Japanese Alps. The contemporary designed one-to-four-room apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docking station and more. Hotel facilities include a kids’ room with Wii and XBox, lounges, restaurant and bar. Tel: (03) 3584-5067 Web: www.eastedgepartners.com

Sweet Riders Two-Day MTB Clinic

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

Have you wanted to increase your MTB skill level on the trails this summer? The Sweet Riders Two-Day MTB Clinic takes place July 24-25 in beautiful Hakuba, Nagano. The clinic will be hosted by Morino Lodge, and the professional instructors will go over various skills catering to each individual rider’s skill level. The ¥20,000 fee includes insurance, two days of instruction, two lunches, a BBQ and a breakfast, plus great prizes from the sponsors. Web: www.sweetriders.com / www.morinolodge.com 

Discover underwater Okinawa with Piranha Divers

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

Jan  and Tomoko Weirauch, the founders of Piranha Divers, say they are the first and only Dive shop in Okinawa offering SCUBA services in English and German. They focus on the individual diver, not big groups, and say they love nothing more than introducing the beautiful ocean in Okinawa to their customers. Diving experiences include huge, colorful coral gardens, canyons and caves, drift diving, night diving and even a wreck from World War II that was just discovered in 2001. They offer a range of PADI courses, from beginner’s level to professional levels as well as 13 Specialty Diver Courses. Web: www.piranha-divers.jp

Kiteboarding Japan 

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

Nick Katz arrived in Shizuoka in 1995. After wakeboarding on Lake Hamanaka and seeing kiteboarding pioneer, Lou Wainman take flight in a video, he got inspired. Since then he has dedicated himself to offering safe, quality kiteboarding instruction to get more people off the ground (literally). Kiteboarding Japan offers the two-day “Hang Time” course, where students first learn to control and fly a kite on land with a mountain board and then hit the water on Day 2. Nick is the first and only instructor in Japan qualified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) and by the (JKBA) Japanese Kiteboarding Association. Lessons are taught in English and Japanese, and there is an online pro shop. Web: www.kiteboarding.jp

English Adventures Summer Camps

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

Still scrambling to find fun activities for your kids this summer? English Adventure Summer Camps run from late July to mid-August. Hiking, rafting, nature education, crafts, campfires—all the fun of an American summer camp here in Japan with the friendly, knowledgeable international staff. Their Ocean Camp is already full, but the Mountain Camps still have a few spaces open. Don't miss out. Web: www.english-adventure.org

Hanazono MTB Park & Wakeboard Park Open

Jun 29 (Tue ), 2010

The Niseko Hanazono MTB Competition recently took place in the new Hanazono MTB Park. The park was designed by pro bikers for riders of all levels and will focus on skills development and feature a jump park (for all levels), pump track, cross-country trails with plenty of features and downhill trails. A bus with bike trailer is on hand to help you discover a wide range of trails. The park is a perfect place to learn MTB basics or hone your competitive skills, and the new bag jump will entice you to try new tricks. A full range of bikes and protective wear is available for hire, and you can even demo new high-performance bikes. And if that’s not enough to get you to Niseko this summer, the Hanazono Wakeboard Park is now also open and Niseko golf is in full swing. Tel: (0136) 21-6655 Web: www.harmonyresorts.com

Beers For Books Summer Events

Jun 17 (Thu ), 2010

Beers For Books Summer Events Drink Beer, Make a Difference!   What: Frolic presents Beats for Books Vol. 3 When: Saturday, June 19th 10:30PM - 5AM Where: Desert Rose in Ginza http://www.sabakunobara.jp/ Event Links: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128646863828205 http://www.beersforbooks.org/events/frolic-presents-beats-for http://iflyer.tv/event/61577/Frolic-presents-Beats-for-Books-Vol.-3/   What: Bottles for Books (Wine-focused Event) When: Wednesday, June 23rd. 7PM - 11PM Where: Kimono Wine & Grill http://www.kimonowinebar.com/ Event Links: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127824793916535 http://www.beersforbooks.org/events/bottles-for-books-at-kimono   What: B4B Rafting/Canyoning/BBQ @ Canyons in Minakami When: Saturday, July 3rd ALL DAY/NIGHT Where: Canyons Alpine Lodge Minakami http://lodge.canyons.jp/ Event Links: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100562513320813 http://www.beersforbooks.org/events/b4b-2010-summer   What: Beers for Books @ Mattari in Fujisawa When: Friday, July 9th 6PM - 12:30AM Where: Mattari 23-2 Minami Fujisawa Event Links: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121918317844844 http://www.beersforbooks.org/events/b4b-in-fujisawa-mattari   What: Beers for Books @ Ocean Deep in Chiba City When: Saturday, July 18th 7PM - 11PM Where: Ocean Deep http://www.oceandeep.jp/ Event Links: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127587560593813 http://www.beersforbooks.org/events/beers-for-books-ocean-deep-in