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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.

        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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    • Summer
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        A glass of beer from Kyoto Brewing

        Kampai! in Kansai

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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.
    • 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.
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        Mad About Pow

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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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        Shuzenji Sanctuary

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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.
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      • A glass of beer from Kyoto Brewing

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        Music Festival Guide 2018

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

        Cycling Awaichi

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        Air it Out

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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.
        video

        Niseko Untapped

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        Minakami Mofest

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        Enter the all-season world of Shinetsu Shinzekyo in Nagano and Niigata with outdoor professionals
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        The Reemergence of Arai

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        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.
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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!

Cool Stuff for Winter!

Stuff you gotta have…

(Don’t) Break a leg!
Sorel Caribou Boots

Don’t miss out on the ski season because you wore the wrong boots and slipped on the ice (like a certain OJ editor did last season). Get yourself a pair of Sorel Caribou snow boots. Designed to battle whatever winter throws your way, these boots are durable, reliable, waterproof and most importantly, give you lots of grip in the snow.

Web: www.columbiasports.co.jp

Save the snow one snowboard bag at a time
Green Guru’s Billboard Snowboard Bag
Support the “save the snow movement” by getting yourself a recycled snowboard bag, made from good ol’ American billboards. The Billboard Snowboard Bag by Ecologic Designs is an innovative and dependable way to carry your board, boots, and gear. Carries boards up to 168 cm. with bindings.

Web: www.greengurugear.com

Be a Snow Ninja!
Ninja Suit by Airblaster

This hooded jumpsuit is perfect for keeping warm and dry this winter. Worn properly it protects sensitive areas, so no cold air or snow sneaks in. Featuring amazing insulation, stretchable easy breathing fabric, and Monkey palms to keep your wrists and hands dry and warm. Front fly and rear U-zip allows easy bathroom access!

Price: ¥18,900
Web: www.myairblaster.com (in Japan: www.ability-int.com)

A Powder Celebration!
Car Danchi 3

The two-year wait is over. The Car Danchi crew is back, dropping their city lifestyles in search Japan powder. Neither samurai nor salary men, these characters have created their own lifestyle by living on the road in search of the perfect powder day. Soundtrack features music from Japan’s underground. Available at The North Face and Burton stores in Japan.

Price:
Preview Teaser on OJ Juiced! www.outdoorjapan.net

Snowboard wax for girls (and guys too!)
POM POM

The first girls all natural, all cute, snowboard wax. Waxing your board before you ride makes you girls (and guys) look tough, buff, and sexy. Power up with Slush Rush, for warm temperatures and Sonic Boom for all temperature conditions. Don’t forget to recycle the pack!

Price: Sonic Boom (2,000). Slush Rush (1,800)
Web: www.iheartpompom.com (in Japan contact info@mousepow.com)

10/4 Little Buddy
Burton Lil’ Buddy

This portable cooler bag comes with speakers and amp, plus auxiliary input so you can groove to your iPod while chillin’ at the snow park, the beach, under the cherry blossoms or at the fireworks festival. The zipper doubles as a bottle opener and there’s enough room for a 12-pack. What else do you need?

Price: ¥8,400
Web: www.burton.com
 

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