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Trip to Aizu #3 The village of the beautiful Orihime Karamushi no Sato – Showa-mura

Showa-mura is located in the mountains of Okuaizu, Fukushima Prefecture. This village, shut off by snow during the winter months, has been cultivating the ramie plant since ancient times... »STORY

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Trip to Aizu #2 A tradition dating back to the Jomon era. Handwork from the snow country.

The Crimson Glory Vine (Vitis coignetiae) grows deep in the mountains, entangling nearby trees as it moves continually upwards. In autumn it bends beneath its heavy burden of sour-sweet fruit... »STORY

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Trip to Aizu #1 Skills that speak of history and culture A visit to Munakata-gama Kiln/ Aizu Hongo Ceramics

Voyagin is a website that provides travelers with the chance to communicate directly with local people at their destination, offering tours specially tailored to each region... »STORY

Photography: Cameron Allan Mckean
Photography: Cameron Allan Mckean

A lingering face in the void | Akita Mountain Hunters 3

There is no light outside. It is a dense and timeless blackness, pregnant with the unknown and fear; the kind of landscape... »STORY

Photography: Cameron Allan Mckean
Photography: Cameron Allan Mckean

The sharp end of a steel knife | Matagi / Akita Mountain Hunters 2

The bear-hunting matagi of northwestern Japan have always been locked in a violent embrace with the mountains. It's a loving war... »STORY

Photography: Cameron Allan Mckean
Photography: Cameron Allan Mckean

The wrath of a mountain | Akita Mountain Hunters 1

A bitterly cold wind lashes the faces of three hunters as they struggle through thigh-deep snow. Wearing bear-skin coats... »STORY