September 28, 2016

We recently held the Keihoku Lumberjack Championships in September which was an absolute blast. Lumberjacks or kikori (in Japanese) had to compete in “tree cutting” and “machine operation” events, and winners were judged on how safely, quickly and elegantly they could complete the various events. 

The championship was organized with the objective to acknowledge the rich history of forestry here in Keihoku, to bring the local lumberjack community togethe...

September 28, 2016

I’ve done many trips to Miyama village, and love the reaction of my guests when they first catch a glimpse of Miyama Village. It’s setting in a mountain valley and surrounding rice fields makes the village look like it comes out from a story book. 

For my guests, I think they are pleasantly surprised because it’s totally different from the modern skyscrapers they were used to seeing in Tokyo or Osaka. For me, being in that village helps me to learn about wha...

September 28, 2016

You see a lot of thatched houses in Keihoku, it's called Kayabuki in Japanese and is a classical style of architecture in the countryside. They are made of hay and are very cool to be in during summer, but they are also freezing in the winter. That said, my guests and I have had heart-warming times when sitting around a fireplace with family during the harsh winter. 

I stayed in there myself before and loved how spacious these houses are (They can accommodat...

September 28, 2016

When you walk in forests of Keihoku, you might bump into a forestry artisan who cuts branches of cedars or cypress to let them grow straight. These are our professional tree climbers. 

"Have you ever fallen down?" I asked him. "Of course, several times." He replied smilingly as if it was no big deal. "Though it was quite painful", he added. 
 

September 28, 2016

One of the places that many of my guests get impressed by is the Joshokoji temple, which is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves and spring cherry blossom. The temple was built around the 13th century when emperor Kogon retired from his status and moved to Keihoku as a monk for his rest of life. You will meet his statue at a prayer hall that is full of sacred atmosphere. I personally love adding this as an option to my day trips as it not only a cultural...

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