Hakone

West of Tokyo lies the mountain town of Hakone. Hakone is located in the heart of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and offers many attractions, both natural and manmade, that make this area a popular tourist destination. There are sulfur springs, shrines, a huge lake, a castle, black eggs that add seven … Read More

Spring Rock Climbing In Ogawayama

I visited Ogawayama in the fall last year. The place is absolutely massive with a lifetime of rock climbing littered throughout the alpine valley. The rock here tends to be big with numerous tall formations that afford many fun multi-pitch rock climbs. The first day we did a monster route that is … Read More

Nihon Kawanezumi

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Tenkara Fly Fishing, Off Piste Skiing, and Nihon Kawanezumi This week started out with one last ski tour before the end of the ’15/’16 season. I went to Norikura Kogen, which is a 3026 meter tall mountain in the Northern Japanese Alps. This week was Golden Week – the most popular holiday in Japan. Consequently, … Read More

Mount Amagi & Amago

Day 2 – Mount Amagi … Continued from Day 1 (Click Here if you missed it) In the morning the storm had cleared and it was bright and sunny. I eagerly hit the road, stopping quickly at a convenience store to buy breakfast and lunch. My destination was the Amagi … Read More

Izu Skyline – The Beginnings of an Epic Adventure

Day 1 – Izu Skyline I am at the crest of bamboo covered knoll. The bamboo here grows like grass, 1-meter-tall grass, its undulations mark time with the gusts of wind blowing in from the ocean. The bamboo reminds me of the wheat fields I drove through in Kansas and … Read More

Honryu – A Tale Of A Remote Japanese River Valley

According to Keiichi Okushi’s interview on Tenkara Fisher a honryu is “When two or more of the rivers are joined, the flow that forms the most fundamental”. In a way I guess all rivers are honryu when viewed in this manner; but the kanji 本流, which translates directly to “mainstream” in English, helps … Read More

Yūgen

The Japanese word 幽玄 (pronounced Yūgen), loosely translated means “subtle and profound” but is used in a sentence to express the sudden “awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses that are too mysterious and deep for words.” It is a beautiful word and perfectly describes the four days I spent last … Read More

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