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August 2019

IN PRAISE OF MOUNTAINS

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THEME FOR August
IN PRAISE OF MOUNTAINS

Japanese people’s reverence for the mountains is ancient and continues to be expressed in many ways, through pilgrimages to sacred peaks, hiking, forest bathing and more. In this month’s issue of Highlighting Japan, we look at some of the ways in which Japanese people make use of and interact with the mountains.

FEATURES

Learning from Nature and Adventure

An interview with adventurer Mitsuro Ohba, president of Earth Academy Mitsuro Ohba Adventure School

The Power of Forests to Heal the Mind and Body

The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku is attracting attention around the world.

Huge Dam Supports Economy and Attracts Tourism

The mighty Kurobe Dam is the highlight of travel along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Stories of the Volcano and the People

Mount Bandai Geopark in Fukushima Prefecture builds understanding and connections among local people.

Kamikochi and the Father of Modern Mountaineering in Japan

The achievements of Englishman Walter Weston are revered to this day in mountainous Nagano where he loved.

Enjoying Hiking in the Mountains

Yuri Yosumi has helped to popularize hiking in Japan, especially among women.

Regional Revitalization through Gibier

Kozagawa Town in Wakayama Prefecture processes some of the best wild game meat in Japan.

Mount Fuji, Object of Faith

Mount Fuji holds special meaning for the many people who have been drawn to it as an object of faith

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