Month: June 2016

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By Claire D'hooghe | June 12, 2016

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama You’ve seen the stock image before: a low angle shot of an overwhelming, towering, green bamboo forest and a lonely path. It invokes the sense of a quiet, intimate scene; the observer looking up at the bamboo swaying in the breeze, surrounded by an ancient, spiritual sing-a-long of the engulfing Japanese forest. This idealistic, tranquil place exists in Arashiyama, Japan, so the caption says. Tourism information will tell you…

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By Benjamin Pratt | June 9, 2016

As party-centric as Koh Phangan is there’s much more to island the average nomad noggin wouldn’t have any idea about. Granted, this is the home of the voracious Full Moon/Half Moon/Any Kinda Moon Parties, but there is a total tree-loving, joint-passing, drum-circling sustainable culture here, co-existing in a weird yin-yang harmony with the fluorescent-jamboree of…

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By Benjamin Pratt | June 1, 2016

I used to imagine small mountain town bars sheltering twenty or thirty men in flannelette huddled around, stinking of lumberjack sweat and stale beer, watching replays of old college football games. Then I went to Ruins in Minakami, Japan. This bar is far away from that image. It’s pumping with the atmosphere of young locals, seasonal gaijins (foreigners) and…

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