Hello from Japan!

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  1. Luke Dupont

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    Hello all,

    I'm originally from the U.S., now living and working in Japan, and just starting to get into Bushcraft -- something I've been wanting to do for a long time. Being that I live in the middle of Tokyo, that's not so easy, but I'm making do.

    I have a background in traditional (hand tool) woodworking, and have always enjoyed a variety of crafts and picking up new skills. My ultimate goal is to collect more knowledge and skills and less gear: much of which, I'd love to eventually make for myself.

    I also have a background in computers, programming (and a few pokes at game development), along with a passion for Linux and general "self reliance" in computing.

    I tend to have a taste more for traditional, as opposed to modern/trendy, tools, gear, clothes, and equipment, both for function and aesthetics. In woodworking, I always found vintage tools and simple carbon steels to be all around better for my use, so I imagine much of the same will apply to Bushcraft for me.

    I look forward to learning from you all, as I'm still quite inexperienced in the outdoors aside from a few camping trips.

    PS. If anyone has been to Japan and knows of any truly primitive camp sites within 3-4 hours of Tokyo, do tell! They seem quite hard to find here, possibly in part because of my google-fu being still somewhat terrible in Japanese.
     
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    Hey there from Cascadia! Welcome to the forum, I'm a Linux user for for the last 25 years. My OS of choice. What a great opportunity to learn to increase your enjoyment of the outdoors you'll find here. Glad you found us.
     
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    welcome to the campfire from Kansas.
    there's some gorgeous places to hike in Japan, but I'm not aware of any that allow primitive camping.
     
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    Welcome from Florida! And you should talk to @Beach Hiker...he is very well-travelled and I am pretty certain that a Japan sticker is on his suitcase as well. ~Helga
     
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    @cellis may know of some areas.
     
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    Greetings and welcome from the Upper Peninsula of MI :)
     
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    I spent some time in Okinawa. My Grandpa was in Sasebo after WW2. He had some cool hand tools. There are some amazing wood workers there. I'm also under the impression that there is some beautiful forest. Please keep us posted.
     
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    Hi there.
    Welcome from frosty Poland.
    Jump on the shinkansen and head to Morioka (in Iwate ken) or to Hachinohe (in Aomori ken). In the hills between the two prefectures there are lots of empty forests, some with camping etc.
     
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    Welcome from Michigan. I'd say more but I'm running late for a drive to a camp site.
     
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    Contact @Takashi kajihara he lives in Japan but I don't know what island. Might be Honshu but I don't remember.
     
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    Welcome. I am looking forward to your post. I have seen some beautiful post by other members in Japan.

    GOD Bless you and your family

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    I don't think we have any members here that post much from the Tokyo region. I lived in Kansai a long time, @Takashi kajihara lives in Shikoku, and there is another member in Okinawa I believe.

    My advice would be to forget about primitive camping for now, maybe in a year or two you will find somewhere that is no holds barred like private land or just somewhere nobody ever goes or cares about, but you will tear your hair out looking for them.

    Most camping in Japan is pretty much at camp grounds but there are some real nice ones, there are tons of guide books in Japanese and I guess there may be one or two with English in it as well.

    Bushcraft related, I assume you are aware but knives in your pocket daily is against the law and police, especially in Tokyo, will confiscate them and fine you, especially foreigners.

    Bushcraft related, Fires are generally cool if you see a fire ring while out hiking around but keep it discrete. If there is no strict burn ban on though, the worst you'll get is bad looks. Japanese people will set up a grill and start cooking whenever and where ever they feel like generally.

    Hmm 3 or 4 hours from Tokyo on the Shinkasen is like all of Honshu and probably Hokkaido for you. Tons of places to go if you want to ride the train. Start with hikes in the Alps for sure. By car I don't know, but I've heard North of Tokyo is mountains where you can hike.

    Almost all outdoors in Japan is either mountains or ocean (some lake and river) related just so you know. The geography is 75% mountains and of course it's a big island so it makes sense of course.

    Edit to add: Japan society is just “bushcraft” by default if you look around and don’t call it that in your mind. Crafts of every sort and world famous and ancient too, preserving foods, clean eating and living, hanging out in the mountains or camping on the beach etc etc. it’s just tradition there to dry persimmons every season or catch your supper before breakfast.

    ETA 2: it’s also a very practical and common sense minded country so just use common sense when on the trail or whatever and it’s all good. Be sure and say a Konnichiha! to others as you pass on the trail too, as a bonus some old lady may give you some yummy food just for saying hi.



    Yokoso to Japan!! :)
     
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    I was in Japan a few years ago & enjoyed being there immensely. The people & culture are terrific. Never did any outdoorsy activities there though. I hope you’re able to find areas to practice bushcrafting skills. There is that (retired ?) Japanese doctor who does Knife reviews on YouTube. He’s an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Maybe you could figure out how to get in touch with him ?

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    Greetings @Luke Dupont,

    Welcome to the forum from across the pond, UK, East Sussex.

    Regards,

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    Welcome to BCUSA Luke!! and Hello from the Land of 10.000 Lakes. :) May you find new adventures and new friends around our campfire.
     
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