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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.
        Mountain Biking in Japan

        Guide Lines: Autumn Mountain Biking in Japan

        Check out these mountain biking parks throughout Japan.
    • 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

        Preacher-tu...
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    • Ocean and Beach
      • 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

        Blue Waves and Black Ships in Shimoda

        Shimoda may be famous for its white sandy beaches and surfing, but it also played a major role in shaping the Japan we know today.
    • River and Lake
      • Iriomote Yamaneko Outdoor Japan

        Iriomote’s Endanger...

        Iriomote Island, one of Japan's last untouched wild places, is home to the endangered yamaneko wildcat.
        Iriomote Outdoor Japan

        Iriomote Activity Guide

        A guide to Iriomote's outdoors, hiking, diving, cultural experiences and accommodation.
        Niseko flying Hokkaido

        Bird’s Eye View of Hokkai...

        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.
    • Mountain and Land
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    • Snow and Ice
      • 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
      • 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.
        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.
        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.
        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.
    • Food and Drinks
      • 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.
        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.
        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.
        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.
    • Races and Events
      • Yuji Hirayama Urban Base Camp

        Yuji Hirayama’s Urban Base Camp Opens in Shinj...

        One of Japan's top rock climbers Yuji Hirayama has opened Urban Base Camp, a new bouldering gym in the heart of Tokyo.
        Photo by Noriteru Ino

        2021 Summer Music Festivals in Japan

        Camp and listen to great music in the outdoors at these summer music festivals across Japan.
        Summer Events Fireworks Festivals in Japan

        2021 Fireworks Festivals in Japan

        Enjoy these fireworks festivals held throughout Japan this summer and autumn.
        Summer Festivals in Japan

        2021 Summer Festivals in Japan

        Enjoy these traditional matsuri festivals throughout Japan this summer.

Eco Corner: Choices for Sustainable Lifestyles

ECO DRIVING
Bio Diesel
www.wnbiodiesel.com
www.ybiofuels.org
www.greasecar.com
www.greasel.com.

Diesel engines are usually thought of as the big polluters—noisy, dirty trucks belching black smoke in your face as you wait on the corner for the light to change. But the truth is that diesel is one of the best eco options we have. Diesel engines are much more efficient than gasoline and, the original, developed by Rudolph Diesel in the 1890s, was run on peanut oil.

Modern diesel cars and trucks can actually run on straight vegetable oil. That means you can drive your Mercedes E-Series with a bottle of cooking oil from grandma’s kitchen! No Joke. Used cooking oil from your local McDonald’s or school cafeteria is basically free fuel if you don’t mind going around and asking. Conversion kits with filters and oil heaters are easy to install and sell for less than US $1,000.

The other upcoming fuel is bio-diesel, made from plant oil and increasingly available at gas stations. American music icon Willie Nelson has started a company doing just this.

Diesel cars are more available than you realize. All Japanese SUVs and many sedans and wagons are available with turbo-diesel engines. And those black exhaust fumes? Clean, green and smell like french fries.

ECO DATING
Veggie Connections
www.veggieconnection.com
www.greensingles.com

Guys, have you had enough of the Shibuya ‘garu’ and hoping for someone a little more down-to-earth? Girls, wish you could find a guy whose idea of the great outdoors is not the smoking area at the office? Believe it or not, the net is full of eco-friendly dating sites.

I checked out a few sites and there are actually like-minded, lonely soul mates in Japan, waiting to hear from you. Veggie Connection is easy to sign up and has a lot of singles in Japan. Another good place for cyber match-making is Green Singles. Good luck, out there.

ECO LIVING
Village Life
http://gen.ecovillage.org
www.ecologicalsolutions.com.au/crystalwaters
www.findhorn.org
www.g-project.net
www.s-concept.co.jp

One hundred years ago, we were a planet of small villages, but have you noticed these little self-sufficient, organic units are almost extinct? A village is the perfect solution to so many of the social and environmental problems plaguing our modern world.

The traditional village provided its people with health care, child care, housing, education, clean water, organic food, local products, and so on. “It takes a village to raise a child” is the mantra of eco-villages springing up across the globe.

Not just a bunch of hippies with chickens, these villages incorporate cutting edge eco technologies with businesses and offer housing alternatives and education opportunities for individuals and families.

In Australia, Crystal Waters is a socially and environmentally responsible, economically viable rural sub-division north of Brisbane. Started in 1987, it currently houses 200 people on more than 600 acres of land. Findhorn, in Scotland, is another well-established community. A number of similar projects are under development in Japan such as on Kobunaki, in Shiga Prefecture, and the Kasuga Project.

ECO PRODUCTS
Organic Coffee
www.alishan-organic-center.com
www.pendragonhawaii.com
www.greenmountaincoffee.com
www.ecobusinesslinks.com/organic-coffees-fair-trade.htm

OK, so you try to go eco, but you’re hooked on coffee. Being green doesn’t have to mean no caffeine, but the huge coffee plantations around the world tend to demolish forests, displace indigenous populations, pollute streams with pesticides and channel money out of local communities and into corporate coffers.

Don’t despair! There are so many organic, fair trade, shade-grown coffee producers that there’s no reason not to drink their brew. (Shade-grown means they grow under trees instead of clear cutting the forest.)

Go online and order from one of the many friendly farmers who will ship directly to your door. And if you still can’t help stopping in Starbuck’s or Tully’s, be sure to ask for organic every time. (“Mu no yaku kohi kudasai”) Sometimes they’ll have it but, if not, they just might the next time you show up.

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