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Kamikawa - Autumn Inspiration with Yohei Shimizu of Sounkyo Hostel



26. February. 2019

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“I want to continually challenge myself to see how far I can go, if I fail I'll do something else, but even though I hate the cold, I love the mountains.” -Yohei Shimizu

Born and raised in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Yohei Shimizu is still only 28 years old, but has become a fixture of the town and is part of a movement to revitalize the area.
Like many living in Hokkaido, he comes from a family that loves the outdoors.
Yohei’s father started taking him trekking in the forests when he was only three years old, even bringing him along to Nepal when he was six.
But he still has the modern, youthful mindset of wanting both a city and rural existence, so he’s trying to create a life balance with both elements; Offering modern services to a new generation of travelers, and not just sticking to the old ways of doing things.
He lived in Tokyo for a while and got a sense of how services are offered in the city, and has a better sense of reading people due to the experience.

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