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    • Spring
      • Eating Wild in Japan

        Eating Wild in Japan

        Winifred Bird's latest book is an introduction to the world of sansai (mountain vegetables) and foraging in Japan.
        Niseko flying Hokkaido

        Bird’s Eye View of Hokkaido

        Get a bird's eye view of Hokkaido with Ben Kerr, a Niseko-based pilot.

        Northern Tohoku’s Top 5 Spring Hikes

        Chase the cherry blossoms north and enjoy five of Tohoku’s best hikes this spring.

        Spring Escapes: Outdoor Activities in Japan

        Check out these spring escapes this season and enjoy outdoor activities throughout Japan.

        Haga Farm Spring Glamping in Tochigi

        Haga Farm and Glamping in Tochigi opened in August 2020, and it has quickly become a popular escape for Tokyoites.
    • Summer
      • Washi Papermaking Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Following the Paper Trail in Kochi

        Discover the traditional art of washi papermaking in Kochi with artist Rogier Uitenboogaart.
        Climbing Mt. Fuji Outdoor Japan

        Peaking in 2021: Climbing Mt. Fuji

        Thinking of climbing Mt. Fuji this summer? We talk to Mt. Fuji guides on best practices for scaling Japan's highest mountain.

        Japan Camping Guide

        Check out our picks all the way from Hokkaido to the Okinawa Islands and then plot your perfect Japan camping adventure.
        Japan's Digital Nomads Van Life in Japan

        Japan’s Digital Nomads

        Adventure couple Ruth Aisling and Bappa Shota explores Japan by van.
        Iriomote Yamaneko Outdoor Japan

        Iriomote’s Endangered Wildcats

        Iriomote Island, one of Japan's last untouched wild places, is home to the endangered yamaneko wildcat.
    • Autumn
      • Pow Bar Founder Megumi Scott

        Beyond the Brand: Pow Bar

        An interview with Megumi Scott, the founder of Niseko brand Pow Bar.
        Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
    • Winter
      • Early Bird 2021-22 Japan Ski

        Early Bird Ski Deals for 2021-2022

        Don't miss out on these early bird season pass and lift package deals for Japan's ski resorts.

        Pacific Solo

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      • Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
        Kaiyu Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Snorkeling, Surfing and Sustainability in Koch...

        Enjoy the clear waters of Kochi by snorkeling and surfing while staying at a refurbished hotel committed to sustainability.
        Outdoor Japan Shimoda

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        Iriomote Outdoor Japan

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        Niseko flying Hokkaido

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        Get a bird's eye view of Hokkaido with Ben Kerr, a Niseko-based pilot.

        Spring Escapes: Outdoor A...

        Check out these spring escapes this season and enjoy outdoor activities throughout Japan.
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        Shikoku Road Trip: Kochi ...

        Mountainous forests and coastal towns dominate most of the prefecture, where visitors will find enterprising locals and nature guides working to revitalize their communities. Shikoku’s winding roads are best explored by car.
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      • Matagi Akita Tohoku Sustainable Living

        Tracking Akita’s Matagi Hunters

        Akita in the northern Tohoku region is home to the Matagi, hunters who follow an ancient and sustainable way of hunting, foraging and life.
        Early Bird 2021-22 Japan Ski

        Early Bird Ski Deals for 2021-2022

        Don't miss out on these early bird season pass and lift package deals for Japan's ski resorts.
    • Travel
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        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
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        Akita in the northern Tohoku region is home to the Matagi, hunters who follow an ancient and sustainable way of hunting, foraging and life.
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        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
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        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
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        Tracking Akita’s Matagi Hunters

        Akita in the northern Tohoku region is home to the Matagi, hunters who follow an ancient and sustainable way of hunting, foraging and life.
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        Following the Paper Trail in Kochi

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        2021 Summer Music Festivals in Japan

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        2021 Fireworks Festivals in Japan

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        Summer Festivals in Japan

        2021 Summer Festivals in Japan

        Enjoy these traditional matsuri festivals throughout Japan this summer.

Life is a Journey

Mine would be a human-powered adventure, yet I wanted to travel in style. I began a search for the ideal mode of transportation, which somehow led me to the recumbent tricycle.

The trike would be my company on the five- to-ten-year adventure I am calling the JaYoe World Tour. “JaYoe” is a take on the Chinese phrase “加油,” meaning “to add fuel.” Combining my love of travel with my passion for video production, I am recording life along the way, producing daily video blog episodes on YouTube to share with the world.

Like any monumental undertaking, it was not without its ups and downs. Three months into the start of the tour, back in 2014, a truck struck me from behind breaking some bones, trashing my trike and gear, and setting me back. You can’t keep a motivated traveler down for long, so once I got back on my feet I was ready to get back on the trike.

Since then I have re-equipped myself and checked off a few top line bucket list destinations, such as visiting elusive and mysterious North Korea and climbing Mount Everest. I have been on the road through China and Korea and now traveling through Japan.

Living in China for the past eight years, I have had the ability to test my mettle cycling on some truly rough roads, avoiding screaming heavy trucks, oblivious E-bikes and achieving an amazing situational awareness in a chaotic country. I brought this awareness to Japan, and am having an interesting dilemma—I’m over prepared. I’ve found Japanese people are generally more courteous, respectful and accommodating than in China. It’s a welcome dilemma of course, freeing my mind to take in the natural beauty, record the world around me, and ash a big smile to the polite passers-by.

THE PATH

Before arriving in Japan, I had cycled Korea from Seoul to Busan, then around the island of Jeju. I arrived to Japan via a ferry from Busan to Osaka, then cycled for two days across the narrow waist of the country to Maizuru where I boarded another ferry to Otaru, the beautiful port town on Japan’s northern island.

I am currently in Hokkaido, preparing to head south through the archipelago until I reach Okinawa. I’ll let life, intuition and the people I meet dictate my path from there. I like to travel freely, without many defined rules. Major milestones can shift, and between them plans can change with the input of enthusiastic locals or fellow travelers.

After leaving Japan, I will continue south to Australia, then change course to Norway, turning south again to the southern tip of Africa, then hitch a ride on a freighter to South America where I will take a sideline trip to Antarctica. Returning to South America, I will head north through Central America and onto the United States, ending in Los Angeles.

Simple…right?

FINDING PURPOSE

As I travel, my videos provide me with an in nite workload while I try to capture the story of life on the road. My eyes are peeled in a nonstop pursuit for angles, narratives and characters. In many ways, producing my videos makes me a better traveler, looking at things with a sense of purpose and hopefully a deeper perspective.

The modest goal of my videos has been to reveal the true nature of the world. With seemingly in nite information at our ngertips, many people still have a fear of the world outside their front door. I hope to do my part to dispel that fear, revealing that kindness and beauty far outweigh evil and hate. Today, my YouTube channel has reached 28,000 subscribers, and nearly every week I receive messages thanking me for giving someone a chance to appreciate the world from a new perspective. That’s all the motivation I need to keep going.

As a side project, I hope to meet other YouTube creators as I travel, and have reached out to people in Japan in hopes of meeting and learning more about them. I have created a series I call “VLOGGER 1-ON-1,” an interview-based series where I meet and talk to fellow vloggers, learning what inspires them and where they intend to go in the future.

If you would like to follow my travels, or if you have an interesting idea or place to visit, you can find my YouTube channel at “JaYoe Nation” or visit the JaYoe World Tour website.

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