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        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

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        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.
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      • Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
        Indy Pass Outdoor Japan Tohoku

        The Resistance

        The Indy Pass arrives in Japan to bring avid riders to local resorts that punch above their weight class and offer varied terrain.
        Shinano Town Outdoor Japan

        Go Deep into Shinano

        Discover Snow Country in Shinano Town in northern Nagano, popular for its deep powder but also its mountainous winter scenery.
        Evergreen Outdoor Center Japan

        Japan Snow Guide: Winter 2022 Events & No...

        Check out the latest news and winter events held at ski resorts all over Japan in 2022!
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The X Factor

Japan is an archipelago of more than 3,000 islands with a serious rainy season and a raging typhoon season. So, if you like to play outside, odds are you are going to get wet. Here are some useful Items to make getting drenched more fun and a bit more comfortable.

TEVA & KEEN
Air-conditioned footwear for your “Hybrid Life”

I appreciate Teva’s no-nonsense approach to upgrading their best-selling footwear. The Terra-Fi 2 sandal offers zinc-based anti-microbial protection. A patented mid-foot shank and a fully adjustable padded heel for excellent support and comfort. Popular with backpackers the world over, they feature the original non-marking “spider rubber” compound and are at home in the water.

Keen Footwear has been riding a healthy wave of good publicity with their eco approach, funky advertising and well-made products. The “Newport H2” sandal is made for water. It has fast drying nylon straps backed with neoprene and a funny looking, but completely functional, toe cap that have won over paddlers and river guides who rave about the comfort and protection. Some of my customers wear them hiking in the summer. Check the land lover “Newport” model if you plan to stay dry. Sizes tend to run a bit small.

WEBLINK
www.teva.com
www.keenfootwear.com

FEATHER CRAFT KAYAKS
Foldable, seaworthy and well designed

The K1 Expedition Kayak is a boat lover’s wet dream. Fast, responsive and good for intermediate and advanced paddlers, the V-shaped hull offers excellent performance. The larger cockpit is designed for comfort on multi-day trips while the internal air sponsons ensure stability. The two-person “K2” boat has maximum storage capacity with bow and stern hatches for gear/ It packs into one bag or two for easy carrying in the most remote paddling destinations.

WEBLINK
www.feathercraft.com

OUTDOOR RESEARCH
Leave the bumbershoot at home!
The “Seattle Sombrero” is made of waterproof and breathable 40D Gore-Tex. This wide brim rain protector is designed like a firefighter hat—a bit longer in back to keep your shoulders dry.
It is wind resistant and features Velcro tabs on the brim and dome to allow for convenient styling. I wear mine for outdoor events and concerts. Also great for fishing or outdoor photography.

WEBLINK
www.outdoorresearch.com

MONTBELL EMERGENCY KIT
Dont leave home without it.

Leave it to Mont-bell to cram the essential first aid items into a large water bottle and sell it at a reasonable price. Regardless of your activity, having at least a small emergency kit is advised. I keep one in the genkan (entryway) just waiting for a serious Tokyo earthquake. There are also larger packs with carefully selected items for groups and rescue situations. Be prepared for the worst, as the life you save could be your own.

WEBLINK
www.montbell.com

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