Wild Foraging in Nagano

The weather has been perfect this Golden week, or Gaman (endurance) Week as it has been renamed for 2020.


Kogomi growing in Iiyama, Nagano
These curly wurly kogomi are a little bit too big to eat but so pretty

Well at least in Iiyama, social distancing is always an option! Last night we took to the hills, searching for kogomi, the beautifully named, and delicious, ostrich fern. Read More

Cleaning up after typhoon Hagibis floods Iiyama


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Downtown Iiyama after typhoon Hagibis
Downtown Iiyama after typhoon Hagibis

私は1999年に活動家となりました。イギリスのノッティンガムの学生として、私は若者気候行動グループのPeople and Planetに参加し、世界をよりよい場世にするために志を同じくする人々と出会えたことに感激しました。 セミナーでは有名な気候変動ジャーナリストのナオミ・クラインさんに会うことができました。 私の大学での卒業論文は、”石油会社の利益を支援および促進するデザインの力と、世界で悪事を行う企業に対してデザイナーたちが抵抗する方法”をテーマにとし、ファーストクラスの優等学位を取得しました。

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How (not) to eat at sushi conveyor belts

Kappasushi, Kurasushi, Hamasushi, the chain stores across Japan that provide the conveyor belt (kaiten) sushi experience will outrank the sushi stores in your home country by a hundred million miles. True sushi aficionados will turn their noses up at these ‘fast-food’ sushi restaurants, but for most gaijin, and most Japanese, they offer a cheap and accessible way to get your hands on the fish-and-rice goodness without being judged. Here’s how to do it. Read More

The best swimming spots in Northern Nagano

I used to think Japanese folding fans were just for decoration, I also used to think it wasn’t necessary to ever take 3 showers in one day, I used to think I wasn’t really a “sweaty person”, and then I experienced my first Japanese summer. They say some like it hot, but when the thermometer hits the mid-thirties (Celsius) and the humidity is over 85%, there’s nothing for it but to head for your favorite cool-down spot. Here’s my top 4 swimming holes in the area. Read More