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Kijishi-Nushi | Masayuki Ogura

1200 years of sustainable artistry.

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Kijishi-Nushi | Masayuki Ogura

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The royal origins of Kiso woodcrafts.

1200 years of sustainable artistry...

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Iya Valley | Tokushima

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Into the mists.

Where a seemingly lost Japan can be found.

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Zaborin | Hokkaido

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Healing ritual.

A sanctuary of minimalist splendor and refined luxury.

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In this series of eight profiles, we will highlight the wonderful tableware and handcrafts of artisans in the Chubu region of Japan. It is an area steeped in the history and cultural legacy of some of the world's finest handcrafted wares and the artisans who create them.

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If the mega-cities Japan is world famous for constitute the beating heart of the country, the small towns in the regions beyond are its soul... 

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Japanese handicrafts long predate modernity, and are distinctive for their striking aesthetic. Often passed down to one's children, many skilled artisans today can trace...

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Small and specialized—places that do not impose on the land, but are part of it, complementing the surrounds and reflecting local specialties...

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From fish and wagyu to the freshest seasonal foods, Japan is a haven for adventurous epicures everywhere...

 

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Mindful Travel

Changing times require a reevaluation of the status quo. Unplugged Japan's philosophy is simple: In an age of ecological precarity, travel and consumption should be done with an open yet intentional mind towards sustainability and cultural contact in ways that help us become better travelers and worldly citizens. Travel can be done in so many ways. We must choose our adventures mindfully.