Melissa Devaughn

For Melissa Devaughn's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Canoeing with a twist on Hokkaido's volcanic Lake Kussharo

Mar 16, 2018

Canoeing with a twist on Hokkaido's volcanic Lake Kussharo

To experience the best of canoeing in Japan, many choose Hokkaido for its wide-open spaces and relatively easy access to wilderness. Hokkaido boasts six national parks, 12 prefectural parks, and countless wetlands and undisturbed forests. Lake Kussharo is in Akan National Park and is ...

Sapporo: Famous for its snow, but a delight in green

Feb 23, 2018

Sapporo: Famous for its snow, but a delight in green

Sapporo balances a vibrant city feel with the quieter reprieves of lush parks, dense forests and meandering trails that speak to Hokkaido's nature-centric reputation. One minute you're fighting crowds at a fish market and the next you're listening to birds chirping in the Japanese ...

Hokkaido's unique konbu dials up the umami to 12

Dec 16, 2017

Hokkaido's unique konbu dials up the umami to 12

Fisherman Kazuaki Ida entered the No Borders Cafe in Rausu just as we were finishing cups of hot coffee on a rainy Hokkaido afternoon. He held giant flat-leaved stalks that scraped against each other like hard plastic, garnering appreciative "ahs" of recognition among the ...