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For Mai Takano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

Dec 12, 2015

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

Nature lovers are scaling new heights with a hobby that provides a sense of adventure while promoting forest conservation. “Tree climbing” is becoming increasingly popular in Japan as a form of outdoor recreation that not only offers excitement but also rest and relaxation for ...

Korean residents find peace of mind at Mount Ikoma temples

Nov 16, 2012

Korean residents find peace of mind at Mount Ikoma temples

The earsplitting sound of Reiganji Temple’s bell echoed across Mount Ikoma, home to nearly 300 religious institutions along the border of Osaka and Nara prefectures. The temple is one of 30 “Chosen-dera” Korean religious institutions — as they are commonly known in Japan — ...