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Swiss Water
PHOTOGRAPHY: SACHIE ABIKO

Healthy, Clean Water in Switzerland

If someone asked me what are the most important things in the world, I would quickly answer:  love, a great meal, listening to good music, a nice warm onsen, learning something new, and so on. But if you gave me five minutes to ponder the... »STORY

Papersky #38 Oregon
PHOTOGRAPHY: TARO MIZUTANI

Green Running on the Trail in Oregon

What does it tell you about a city that has a public park with 130 kilometers of recreational trails? What does it tell you about a state that even when it’s raining people are running? What does it tell you about a city that is world... »STORY

Alison Nemoto
PHOTOGRAPHY: KATSUYOSHI UENO

Alison Nemoto: Still in the Gloom

English teacher Alison Nemoto has lost her home and job but continues to live on the fringes of the exclusion zone in Fukushima. She has lived in a town near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for more then 20 years, with her... »STORY

Masahiko Kimura
PHOTOGRAPHY: CAMERON ALLAN MCKEAN

Masahiko Kimura: White Syrup, Green Clouds

The final of a three part series on Omiya Bonsai. After The Great 1923 Earthquake, Tokyo’s few remaining bonsai nurseries moved north to Omiya. Up here the air was cooler, the water purer and the soil perfect for growing miniature... »STORY

Kaori Yamada
PHOTOGRAPHY: CAMERON ALLAN MCKEAN

Kaori Yamada: Awoken From 1000 Year Sleep

The Second of a three part series on Omiya Bonsai. After The Great 1923 Earthquake, Tokyo’s few remaining bonsai nurseries moved north to Omiya. Up here the air was cooler, the water purer and the soil perfect for growing miniature... »STORY

Yoshinobu Tabata
PHOTOGRAPHY: CAMERON ALLAN MCKEAN

Yoshinobu Tabata: Elderly, Sick & Deciduous

The First of a three part series on Omiya Bonsai. After The Great 1923 Earthquake, Tokyo’s few remaining bonsai nurseries moved north to Omiya. Up here the air was cooler, the water purer and the soil perfect for growing miniature... »STORY

BNE
PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF BNE WATER ORGANIZATION

BNE: The BNE Water Organization

After fifteen years as a street artist, American-roots BNE took his world-wide approach and recognition in the visual arts in a new direction and started the BNE Water Foundation. The charity project aims for positive social change by... »STORY

David Boilley
PHOTOGRAPHY: KATSUYOSHI UENO

David Boilley of Acro: The Zone

David Boilley is a nuclear physicist and the chairman of ACRO (a French NGO with a nuclear testing laboratory). I met with him during his stay in Japan to discuss the current situation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and what Japan needs... »STORY

Papersky #32 Yosemite
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Inspired by Nature in Yosemite National Park

A big part of Knee High Media, whether it be PAPERSKY, Mammoth or Plants + is Nature. Ever since the days of Tokion, our minds and therefore our media has always been inspired by Nature. We have consistently relied on nature as both a... »STORY

John Gathright
PHOTOGRAPHY: OFFICE OF JOHN GATHRIGHT

John Gathright: Aichi Tree Climbing

“Carry your own tree within your heart.” Ever since reading those words by the great poet Sansei Yamao I have searched for my tree. A tree rooted in the Earth, a tree that has been there for years and years. Trees are gods. If you have... »STORY

PAPERSKY #29 AUSTRALIA
PHOTOGRAPHY: PIROSHI UTSUNOMIYA

Aboriginal Australians Play the Songlines

This issue of PAPERSKY is very special as it's the first attempt for a major Japanese magazine to report on Aboriginal Australians or Indigenous Australian culture. Native Australians date back as long as 125,000 years and spoke over 300... »STORY

PAPERSKY #28 NEW ZEALAND
PHOTOGRAPHY: NAOKI ISHIKAWA

Strap on hiking boots and walk like a Kiwi!

In this issue the PAPERSKY crew along with Ishikawa Naoki spent approximately two weeks trekking, hiking, walking, running and strolling about New Zealand. Our first stop was the South Island. We ventured down to Mt. Cook, the spot... »STORY

PAPERSKY #27 ICELAND
PHOTOGRAPHY: ARIKO

The Vibrating Landscape of Icelandic Music

If you are a first time traveler to Iceland there are a few things you will notice right away on your bus ride from the airport to the small capital city of Reykjavik. To begin, the landscape is like nowhere else on earth. You will find... »STORY

PAPERSKY #26 MOROCCO
PHOTOGRAPHY: TETSUYA YAMAMOTO

Morocco Inspires the Wandering Creative Mind

Morocco is a country where Africans, Berbers, Jews, Arabians and Europeans all have lived together in harmony for hundreds of years. It’s a culturally rich country with master craftsmen that can weave, carve and shape straw, clay, wood... »STORY

PAPERSKY #24 TAHITI
PHOTOGRAPHY: KEIZO KIOKU

Tahiti’s Energy, and the Island of Flowers

The Tiare is to Tahitians what kome (rice) is to the Japanese: an icon for their entire culture. Tiare, the official flower of Tahiti, is white, has a beautiful star shape, and it is offered to every visitor upon their arrival in Tahiti.... »STORY

PAPERSKY #22 HAWAII
PHOTOGRAPHY: SACHIE ABIKO

Hawaii’s Aloha Spirit is Organic and Delicious!

Hawaii is simply one of the best places on earth. And obviously the climate, beautiful scenery and the wonderful Aloha spirit all contribute to making Hawaii a paradise on this planet. However, what keeps people coming back to Hawaii is... »STORY

PAPERSKY #21 OKINAWA
PHOTOGRAPHY: JIRO FUJITA

Rainbow Blue Ocean in the Okinawan Yaeyamas

Just seconds before our flight swooped down to make its routine emergency brake landing on Ishigaki island's short airport runway, all the passengers sat in stunned silence. Everyone next to a window pressed their faces to the glass to get... »STORY

PAPERSKY #20 AOMORI
PHOTOGRAPHY: KEIGO SAITO

Get Warm in the Blue Cold of Aomori

Here at PAPERSKY we believe travel is about discovery and about challenging yourself to do new things and putting yourself in new situations. So with that in mind we decided to travel to one of the coldest, most snow-ridden places in... »STORY

PAPERSKY #19 LONDON
PHOTOGRAPHY: TADASHI OKOCHI

London on the Grass for Homegrown Sports

When most of us think of London we think of the Sex Pistols, double-decker buses, old castles and folks that speak English a little like what the language used to sound like a long, long, long time ago. However, it's our job at PAPERSKY to... »STORY

PAPERSKY #16 SHIMANE
PHOTOGRAPHY: KEIZO KIOKU

Temples, Tea and Time-travelling in Shimane

Shimane is a place where the essence of Japan still exists. It is a place where the people still have Japanese hearts and where Japanese history still physically stands in place. Shimane is a place that I am always eager to visit, because... »STORY

PAPERSKY #14 AKITA
PHOTOGRAPHY: KEIGO SAITO

A Lush Green Tour through Early Summer Akita

As we stared up in amazement at a double rainbow in the sky, a small elderly gentlemen said hello and shook our hands. "Akita, Yutaka. Nice to meet you." Despite the man's age (probably early 70's) his eyes twinkled with a young boy's... »STORY

PAPERSKY #06 NEW YORK
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Dreaming in New York Urban Green

A few months ago on an ice sunny day I was buying a hot dog in front of the entrance to New York's Central Park. The Puerto Rican vendor working the stand asked me "Oh, can you hold this for me?" and handed me the shop's small sign to hang... »STORY

PAPERSKY #03 NETHERLANDS
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

The New Landscapes of The Netherlands

The Netherlands: windmills and tulips, cheese and wooden clogs, and perhaps, to the well-informed, architecture and design. But like any place, beyond the great and easily recognizable monuments to reputation and renown, there is more.... »STORY