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PEPY

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 PEPY (Protect the Earth, Protect Yourself) isn’t your average “voluntourism” company. Describing itself as an “educational NGO funded through responsible tour operations,” it organizes adventure travel and volunteer trips in Cambodia that supply…

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Wallpaper* City Guide Osaka

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 After producing guides to Tokyo and Kyoto, iconic lifestyle mag Wallpaper* has turned its attentions to Osaka, that city of concrete, bonkers fashion and occasional spasms of eye-popping design. Wallpaper* City Guide Osaka…

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Yamadera

The mountain temple complex is enough to bring the bard out in anyone

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Seigoshi Mine

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2009 Name: Seigoshi Mine Location: Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture Background: Located in one of Japan’s major mining regions, this gold mine in western Izu was in operation roughly from 1932-1987. It lies in the shadow…

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Nicchitsu Mine Hospital

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Name: Nicchitsu Mine Hospital Location: Nicchitsu Mine, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. Background: Though Nicchitsu Corporation is still going strong, the village that used to thrive around it hasn’t fared so well. One of the…

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Three Camel Lodge

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Luxurious accommodation is probably the last thing you’d expect to find in the middle of the Gobi Desert. The Three Camel Lodge, however, promises just that. Run by tour operator Nomadic Expeditions, which…

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Kawasaki Fish Market

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 A nice sense of the macabre pervades most fish markets, and Kawasaki’s is no exception. Lifeless fish eyes the size of our palms stared up at us on a recent trip, accompanied by…

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Kasumigaura Branch Hospital

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009 Name: Kasumigaura Branch Hospital of Tokyo Medical & Dental University Location: Oyama, Miho-mura, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture Background: This site was once home to a military airbase, and seaplanes would take off from the…

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