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【Column】 The importance of being open-minded

I’ve been in Japan since 2014 and if there’s anything I’ve learned since coming here it’s to stay open minded. After graduating from university with a degree in Japanese, I didn’t want to be limi...

Column:Summer in Shiribeshi – A vibrant season of blue and green!

As summer arrives in Shiribeshi, the energy of the region is reflected in the vibrant greens of the forests and iridescent blues of the seas and lakes in the area. It’s the season of blues and gree...

【Kamuy landscapes】Tarumae Garo, cliffside covered in green moss

Moss carpets a sheer cliff wall several meters tall. The mountain stream flows gently. Tarumae Garo still retains its ancient ambiance today in the western part of Tomakomai City. The geographical...

Column: Tanuki Tales

The indigenous tanuki is ubiquitous throughout the four main islands of Japan, including Hokkaidō, and I see it quite frequently here, where I live, in the Akan–Mashu National Park. For most Japane...

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