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    • Spring
      • 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.

        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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        Niseko Untapped

        Niseko draws th...
    • Summer
      • Return to Palau

        I am sitting in...
        A glass of beer from Kyoto Brewing

        Kampai! in Kansai

        Kansai has been...

        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.
    • Autumn
      • 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.
    • Winter
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        Mad About Pow

        A powder pocket...

        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.
        video

        Shuzenji Sanctuary

        Nestled in the ...
    • Near Tokyo
      • Air it Out

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        Ark Hills Marche

        Tucked away in ...

        Music Festival Guide 2018

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

        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.
    • Near Kyoto
      • A glass of beer from Kyoto Brewing

        Kampai! in Kansai

        Kansai has been...

        Music Festival Guide 2018

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

        Cycling Awaichi

        “Awaichi” is sh...
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    • Ocean and Beach
      • Return to Palau

        I am sitting in...

        Air it Out

        There is no bet...

        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.
        video

        Niseko Untapped

        Niseko draws th...
    • River and Lake
      • Air it Out

        There is no bet...
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        Niseko Untapped

        Niseko draws th...

        Minakami Mofest

        Head up to Japan's outdoor mecca of Minakami for the country's biggest outdoor adventure festival!
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        All-Season Outdoor Playgr...

        Enter the all-season world of Shinetsu Shinzekyo in Nagano and Niigata with outdoor professionals
    • Mountain and Land
    • Sky
    • Snow and Ice
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        Mad About Pow

        A powder pocket...

        The Reemergence of Arai

        Lotte Arai Resort will definitely become a hotspot for western skiers and boarders over the next few years.

        Tohoku Storm Chasing

        Just a few hours north of Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train) await remote mountains and the countryside of Tohoku’s Akita and Iwate prefectures.
    • Travel
      • Gravity-Defying Farming in Nishi Awa

        Discover the centuries-old secret behind what keeps southern Japan's mountains growing

        Up Market in Osaka

        There wasn’t mu...

        Return to Palau

        I am sitting in...
    • Food and Drinks
      • Gravity-Defying Farming in Nishi Awa

        Discover the centuries-old secret behind what keeps southern Japan's mountains growing

        Up Market in Osaka

        There wasn’t mu...

        Return to Palau

        I am sitting in...
    • Races and Events
      • 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!

Eco Corner: Choices for Sustainable Lifestyles

ECO BIKE
REVO WHEEL
www.revopower.com

The team at Revo has really re-invented the wheel. This innovative bicycle wheel has a super efficient engine built in and simply replaces the front wheel of your bike. Squeeze the throttle for 20-mph power boosts. The gas can fits into your water-bottle holder.

The 23-cc, two-stoke engine is a little noisy but, at 200 mpg, you are an eco hero, and the birds and bees will forgive you. It is a nice novelty for us lazy riders in Japan, but the best application may be for developing nations as a low-cost, low-fuel alternative to heavy pollution scooters. About $400.

ECO DWELLINGS
TIPI
www.tipi.com


Once in awhile some oldtimer Japanese tells me Native Americans and the Japanese people share the same blood. Looking at his weathered brown face and high nose, it isn’t hard to believe. And now more evidence: tipis are selling well in Japan!

The North American Indians of the Great Plains (Cheyenne, Apache, Crow, Sioux) followed the huge bison herds in their movable tipi villages. The light and spacious interiors have a calming, cathedral-like quality. Portable, durable and build-able in half a day, modern tipis are used for weekend homes, cafes, shops… Dozens of tipi companies in Japan and the U.S. will custom sew your dream tipi for between ¥50,000 and ¥150,000.

ECO HEALTH
FIRST AID KIT


With the scrapes, bruises and bites you will be encountering along the trail this season, a small first aid kit is a must on any expedition. Even if your destination is 5-Star on a beach somewhere, the seasoned traveler should bring a few basics for sunburns and funny stomachs. Try a few of these very effective remedies:

Athlete’s Foot: Lavender

Place a bit of tissue with a dab of lavender oil between toes before putting on your socks. Tissue dries the area, and lavender deters fungal growth.

Upset Stomach: Cloves

Chewing one or two cloves provides immediate relief from stomach cramps. Also soothing for mouth sores and tooth aches.

Scrapes: Lavender Anti-bacterial

A drop of essential oil in your water bottle also aids digestion.

Colds: Garlic & Vitamin C

A few cloves of garlic will last months in your bag, and chewing one with a couple of Vitamin C tablets when you feel a flu coming on will boost your immune system.

Bites & Burns: Aloe Vera

Soothing and all-natural, this is the basic first aid for burns and skin irritation. You’ll find 95 percent pure aloe at most drug stores. It also grows wild all over the world. Pick a big leaf and squeeze out the gel.

ECO ANIMALS
ADOPT A JUNGLE
www.worldwildlife.org (follow links to Adoption Center)


The World Wildlife Fund has long been a leader in major conservation efforts around the globe. You have seen the cute little panda stickers, and now you have a chance to get the panda.
By making an online donation, you can adopt a wild panda, tiger, elephants, sea turtles and more. Your money will be used to minimize habitat loss and poaching of these endangered species. The adoption is symbolic, but the results are real. Great gift idea.

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