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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 20, 2016

In the valley of the Japanese mountains in Gunma prefecture lays a small, unassuming mountain town called Minakami. Just jump on a Shinkansen from Tokyo for an hour and a half and you’ll be transported from the metropolis jungles of downtown districts to a lavish land of natural splendor and vitality. Engulfed by mountainous peaks,…

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By Claire D'hooghe | May 18, 2016

If you’ve been to Japan, you already know. If not, I doubt you’ll be surprised that Japanese food actually made in Japan is Next Level Shit. When Australians look for a cheap, quick meal we see (Australians, please excuse my stereotyping here) meat pies, everything avocado (including sushi), fresh sandwiches, and, of course, an invasion of burger/Mexican joints….

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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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By Benjamin Pratt | April 15, 2016

Tokyo is a fuel-injected sensory and adrenaline overload through bizarre districts lined by eccentric alleyways. A fast-talking, impulsive and mercurial metropolis. It’s an assault on the senses; a brain-blast of culture shock plagued by incessant noise, compromising customs, methodical businessmen, roadside temples, stand up noodle bars packed with people. It’s a subterranean wonder-world of booze…

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By Benjamin Pratt | April 12, 2016

Sukiya made it possible for me to survive my first trip to Japan without going hungry or broke. It’s since been a go-to option for a cheap, easy and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight snack. Just pretty much whenever I’m hungry. Since then I’ve eaten there enough to be dubbed the unofficial International Sukiya…

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