The furthest one can get away from the sea is as remote as it gets in Japan. This is Matsumoto, the lone guiding star in the vast inky wilderness of what was once known as Shinano, now the prefecture of Nagano. The city itself, which has seen a minor drop in population in the last five years, and yet is still so easily navigable by either bike, bus or the old fashioned way- on foot, is quite small by Japanese standards, though it packs a historic punch.
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Two questions are typically asked surrounding Fujirock: “Are you going?” and “How was it?” Recently the answer to the first has been yes, while the answer to the second generally begins with “Wet” and gets more complicated from there. Despite the weather perpetually being an issue during the three-day megafest in the mountains of Yuzawa, […]
“Hemp is, by far, Earth’s premier, renewable natural resource.” — Jack Herer In Jack Herer’s scathing Corporate takedown, The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy, he talks about the history of hemp: Botanically, hemp is a member of the most advanced plant family on Earth. It is a dioecious (having male, female […]
“There are quiet places also in the mind…But we build bandstands and factories on them. Deliberately — to put a stop to the quietness.” — Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay (1923) Back in the 1980s crackheads roamed America’s streets in jittery, ashy-lipped hordes. They symbolized the nightmare of excessive capitalism. In the 90s, cheap MDMA exploded […]