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Photos: LIGHTS

Lake Towada Winter Story Festival

//By Lynne Francis// In northern Akita Prefecture, there sits Lake Towada. This lake borders Akita and its northern neighbor, Aomori Prefecture. While the lake is covered in a misty haze in the winter, its south-eastern side hosts the Towada Winter Story Festival. Unlike other festivals that span a few days, this grand mix of a … Continue reading

Snow Country and the Wildness of Words

// By Jessie Fast // Yasunari Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1968, mostly as a result of his novel, Snow Country. Called Yukiguni in Japanese, it is the subtly portrayed account of a businessman who visits a hot spring town in winter and his relationships with a popular geisha there and a … Continue reading

Photos: LINES

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for our latest theme, we have a great collection of images showing various forms of lines – dividing and connecting, interspersed and singled out. Click on any image below to view them at full size.

The First Environmentalist

// by Tadaya Iwaya // Mt.Chokai suddenly exploded and collapsed between autumn and winter in 466 BC. It is said that 6 billion tons of earth and detritus collapsed on the north side of the mountain. Hundreds of cedars that were about one meter in diameter tumbled down the mountain with their roots intact. It … Continue reading

Photos: BEGINNING

Best Way to Enjoy the Fall Colours

// by Katie Yantzi // I’m all for autumn hikes, but with a season as damp and rainy as this year’s, hiking doesn’t strike me as the most desirable way of enjoying Akita’s burst of colourful leaves. Nor is a rain-soaked trek in the woods a good motivator for getting out of bed on a Saturday. So, last weekend, I … Continue reading

Of Hippies, Music and Broken Tents

// by Katie Yantzi // It’s just after dark in a secluded mountain forest. The hum of guitars and various percussion instruments carries through the muggy air. All of the tents in the clearing beyond the stage have been pitched – except ours.  “Nani?!” Apparently we’ve come camping with tent poles that are actually just … Continue reading

Photo Challenge: GREEN

 Fresh, food, nature, eco-friendly, healthy, or a band of Japanese dentists. Send us your shots to show what GREEN looks like through your lens. Click on a photo to view the gallery.