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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

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        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.
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        Shuzenji Sanctuary

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    • Near Tokyo
      • Air it Out

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        Ark Hills Marche

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        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
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    • 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

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        Return to Palau

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    • 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

Organic Body Care
Organic and Natural Enterprise Group
www.onegrp.com

Have you ever wondered what the heck are cetearyl glucoside, hexyldecanol, peg-2 stearate, diazoldinyl urea, and why they are in your toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo? Personally, I don’t want that stuff in the same room, much less on my body. The Organic and Natural Enterprise Group provides an online catalog of certified organic skin care, personal care, cosmetics and health products.

The ingredients are organically grown and contain no artificial or GM additives, and are not animal-tested. Using these natural products is good for the environment and good for your body. They are also looking for marketing partners in Japan, so try it and, if you like it, quit your job and get on board!

Backcountry Power
Brunton Solar Gear
www.brunton.com

Whether you are heading toward the slopes or to the beach this season, you will need to charge up your iPod, laptop, cell phone, video camera… Many companies are offering portable solar power accessories, and one of the best is Brunton. Their line of waterproof, foldable and roll-able solar panels are rugged and designed to hook directly into your many gadgets. Prices are coming down every month and, the more we buy, the cheaper they get. Check out their laptop charger SolarRoll and others.

Eco Fashion
EDUN
www.edun.ie

We don’t usually think of the impact we are having on the world when we pick up a sweatshirt at Uniqlo or another pair of Nike runners. But with the advent of world trade and the prevalence of child labor and industrial pollution, it is our dollars and yen that ultimately dictate the lifestyles of people all over the world. EDUN, a new clothing brand started with the support of U2’s Bono, is offering an alternative model of design and production that addresses the needs of the people making the clothes as well as the end consumers.
Based on 4 principles: Respect for the people who make the product, Respect for the place where it is made, Respect for the materials and Respect for the consumer, EDUN’s modern but down-to-earth fashions allow you to feel good about what you wear. Save the world through better shopping? Give it a try.

Hybrid Hip
Toyota Harrier Hybrid

http://toyota.jp/harrierhybrid

Now you can maintain your macho road image and be eco at the same time. Toyota’s latest addition to its hybrid line, the Harrier Hybrid, gets 17.8 km. per liter and still goes 0-to-60 in less than eight seconds. Roomy interior and sexy lines. Great for shooting around town, a big weekend in the snow or a day at the beach. Current waiting list for purchase is up to three months, so order yours soon. Available in black, white, maroon, silver and gold. Visit your local Toyota showroom and take a test drive.

Eco Info Online
Tree Hugger
www.treehugger.com

The future is green. Find it here! This is an amazing Website with all types of environmental related news, products, events and lots more. Read about Liv Tyler’s organic baby diapers and Brad Pitt’s new hybrid SUV. Find ordering info for Amish-made hemp furniture and NEC’s new biodegradable cell phone. See pictures of organic cleaning supplies and cow-free fair trade sneakers. Thousands of articles; millions of readers. Sign up for their weekly newsletter to stay on top of the newest eco options.

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