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        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.

        Into the Mystic

        While you probably won’t encounter an elusive river sprite in the highlands of the Northern Japan Alps, you may feel a bit lightheaded from the refreshing thin air, remarkable vistas and mystical aura of the mountains and valleys in Kamikochi.
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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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        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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        Nature and History in Shonai

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        Summer Runs, Races & Tours

        Trail running is a great way to explore the beautiful nature of a country while getting away from the usual tourist spots.

        Tokyo Escapes: Summer Camping

        Tokyo summers can be stifling—luckily it’s easy to escape the city for a cool break from the heat.
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        Nature and History in Shonai

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        The Reemergence of Arai

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        Tohoku Storm Chasing

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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.

        Music Festival Guide 2018

        Warmer months mean awesome music festivals in Japan. Check out our favorite music festivals!

Canadian ‘Piano Man’ Daniel Powter

Putting the screws to Daniel Powter, one of music’s brightest new stars, and getting the skinny on his home country, Canada.

Although known as Canada’s newest “piano man,” Daniel Powter has fashioned himself as a top-notch singer-songwriter. His single, “Bad Day,” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and was blasting from speakers and flying off record store shelves all over Japan this spring.

Since he hails from the Vancouver area, Daniel’s first travel recommendation was the West Coast.

“Vancouver is great, but there’s this island called Queen Charlotte—it’s the best.” He carried on, “Just going for a drive can take nine hours, but there’s so much nature still around. It’s famous for whale-watching and having a ton of fishing spots. Because there’s not a lot of tourist traffic, it’s nothing but peace and quiet.”

Queen Charlotte’s coastline is covered with your typical fiords creating silent channels completely separate from the crashing waves of the Pacific—a true “inside passage.”

This is the land where the native tribes of the Haida created many totem poles. The beauty of these forests was impressive enough to make repeat tourists out of famous photographers such as the late Michio Hoshino.

“Also, there’s the West Coast Trail. That’s a really amazing area, but in the name of nature conservation, you can’t just drop by for a hike. It’s all reservation-based now. But, even so, it’s well worth making it over there,” Daniel continued.

The West Coast Trail he speaks of runs 75 kms. along the length of the enormous Vancouver Island. With forest paths, coastal trails and hikes across rivers, there’s more than enough to please even the seasoned hiker. This normally week-long trek along Vancouver’s sacred ground is worth the trouble, particularly considering there aren’t many places like it in the world.

Daniel then shifted gears, saying, “That’s enough about the West Coast. If you’re heading east, Nova Scotia and Halifax in Newfoundland are great stops. The islands and peninsulas are beautiful and worth checking out. There are a lot of tourists in the area, but the place is just so gorgeous!”

I begin to wonder which way he’s headed—east or west. Which direction will he finally turn?

“If I had to choose, I’d say the East Coast, around Newfoundland. It’s just so beautiful!” Powter replied, “However, actually…I’ve never been. I suppose it’s bad form to recommend some place to which you’ve never been, right? But these are places even I really want to get to.”

Pick some time when you know he’s not touring and head to eastern Canada. You never know; you might just bump into Daniel in the middle of his own vacation.

Daniel Powter’s debut album and other selected piano releases…

Jamie Cullum
「Catching Tales」(Universal)
Jazz pianist and singer who broke out with the leading track from the movie, “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” The mix of hip-hop and rock is a refreshing twist to the pop music scene.

Jack’s Mannequin
「Everything In Transit」(Warner)
Hailing from California, Jack’s Mannequin is noted for the piano licks throughout their album, and their tunes show the true versatility of piano in the rock world.

Daniel Powter
「Daniel Powter」(Warner)
His debut wax hit Japan stores in March, and the harmony of clear piano sounds and his husky voice ensured this would be a hit.

Bent Fabric
「Jukebox」(Universal)
The combination of an 81-year-old pianist from Denmark and seven young vocalists turned out to be a quick sell with catchy rhythms and a pop feel.

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