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        Nature and History in Shonai

        One of Tohoku’s six prefectures is Yamagata, located just north of Niigata Prefecture along the coast. It's a hidden gem for travelers in search of authentic cultural experiences and outdoor activities.
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        Why is yoga good for yokonori sports? If you’ve never heard of yokonori, it's a Japanese term used to categorize "sideways riding" sports like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding. These are all active sports, which require a certain amount of mobility to enjoy at any age.
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      • Yoga for Yokonori

        Why is yoga good for yokonori sports? If you’ve never heard of yokonori, it's a Japanese term used to categorize "sideways riding" sports like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding. These are all active sports, which require a certain amount of mobility to enjoy at any age.

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Gardner Robinson

After spending his first few months in Kyoto, Gardner Robinson headed to the hills (and mountains) of Nagano. After the Winter Olympics in '98 he started Outdoor Japan, the first website focused on adventure and travel in Japan. In 2005 he launched Outdoor Japan magazine. Today he continues to be the founding director of Outdoor Japan and the Editor-in-Chief of Outdoor Japan's Traveler magazine. He lives with his wife and two sons in Nozawa Onsen, a quaint hot spring village and world-class ski town. Together they run Yoji Nozawa, traditional self-contained properties for travelers. Gardner has also combined his passion for craft beer and snowboarding in the two taprooms he runs - The Craft Room (opened in 2011) on the slopes of Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, and Winterland Lodge & Taproom (opened in 2018) in the center of the village.

White Gold: Shaun White Interview

Holding someone’s Olympic gold medal for the first time can be like holding their baby; it’s shiny and beautiful, but it’s a bit unsettling, and you don’t want to drop it, so you smile and hand it back after a few moments. 

Deep Turns in Tohoku

Paul Vanderheiden was drawn to the Hakkodas in search of the deep powder they are known for. He formed a deep connection with the mountains and the people in this far corner of Tohoku, never imagining life would take such a dramatic turn.
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