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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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By Benjamin Pratt | May 28, 2016

On the outside, during the day amongst the Minakami nature, Doai Station looks like any other semi-abandoned station in the middle of nowhere. There’s no station attendants, no ticket machines to manoeuvre and no signage; not even a hint of civilisation. But, what’s real trippy: Doai Station is 70 metres underground – the deepest active train station…

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By Benjamin Pratt | May 24, 2016

Yeehaw, baby! You’ve decided to immerse yourself in the knee-deep snow and picturesque natural surroundings of mountain-town Minakami. A decision you’re not going to regret. Now you just gotta figure out how to get there. Good news: it’s not far from Tokyo. Only 90 minutes by Shinkansen, and a free trip if you get your…

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By Benjamin Pratt | May 12, 2016

Rarely do we carry cash at home anymore; in the west currency is almost completely digitalised. Unless you’re sinking shots at a dive bar, buying drugs from teenage hoodlums, tipping your waitress or making bank at the racetrack, chances are you’ve become pretty accustomed to swiping plastic for your expenses. Filling your car with fuel,…

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By Benjamin Pratt | May 10, 2016

Japan has so much choice for entertainment (/distraction) searching for that ultimate kick could end up a hit-and-miss experiment. We found some hip, happening places, but, boy howdy did we find some shitholes. Overall we navigated the deep rabbit-warren of Japanese nightlife without too many nights sitting at bars quietly watching soccer (/football) or playing…

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