Apr 26, 2014

Kari gāru

Kari gāru, or hunting girls, are — quite literally — following in the footsteps of the modish mori gāru ("forest girls," who are interested in carefree, outdoor lifestyles) and yama gāru ("mountain girls," who enjoy fashionable hikes).

Take a walk on the mild side in remote Scotland

Mar 29, 2014

Take a walk on the mild side in remote Scotland

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I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s fun. But I’m just here to ...

From Kurama to Kibune: Hiking in northeastern Kyoto

Mar 13, 2011

From Kurama to Kibune: Hiking in northeastern Kyoto

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The Eizan Electric Railway serves a sparsely traveled route — or so I infer from the dinky two-carriage train we board shortly before it lurches out of the terminus at Demachiyanagi Station in Kyoto heading for the mountains on the city’s northeastern outskirts. Certainly, ...