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New Azumino Exploring Guide!

Presenting the New Azumino Exploring Guide! April 2010
This April marks the budding of cherry blossoms all over Nagano and the release of Azumino’s new tri-lingual cultural guide and access map. The printed map will be available at train stations and tourism offices throughout Nagano or is available as a printable pdf from the “Suggested Routes & Map” page.

New Approach to Guide Maps
Azumino’s new Exploring Guide is a new approach to Nagano maps. The guide delineates where to go to enjoy the food, culture, and outdoors of Azumino, as well as provides introductory explanations on different cultural aspects like soba noodles, sake, and oyaki. In addition to highlighting biking and walking trails, the map provides three views of the area making even the outer areas with hikes and trails easy to access by car.

Release Gathering May 31st, a multi-lingual exchange
To celebrate the release of Azumino’s new Exploring Guide, native speakers of each linguistic group represented on the map (Korean, Chinese, English, and Japanese) gathered to share food and conversation. We did a workshop learning and reviewing basic greetings in all four languages and discussed similarities and differences in cultural and linguistic quirks like the expression of surprise. Azumino’s new Exploring Guide is really a confluence of cultures and people, like the varied interests and arts of the Azumino valley.

Full Opening Of This Site

We celebrated the opening of our new English Web site for Azumino on June 7th. Since our pre-open in January, we added links for the “Tourist Info Center”, “Suggested Routes & Map”, “Eating Out”, “Events”, and “Guestbook”. We encourage and look forward to any posts, comments, or questions in the Guestbook!
On our opening day, we celebrated with a BBQ party at Tenpyo-no-mori BBQ house at Mt. Nagamine. We enjoyed the food, nature and fantastic view from the mountain and hope our website will help you also enjoy the hidden wonders of the Azumino valley and Japanese Alps range.
There is such an enormous wealth of events, galleries, and changing activity in the Azumino valley that we hope you will continue to check-in with the website for new posts and information as the year continues!

Welcome to the newly opened Azumino English Web site!

The Azumino area offers a wealth of opportunity for travelers and much of its charm lies in the museums, galleries, and cultural centers hidden throughout the valley. The new Azumino website is a great resource for English speaking travelers because we will be continually updating the website with better directions, tips, events, and access points for all that Azumino has to offer.
I am continually impressed by the uniqueness of the Azumino area which has been seemingly inaccessible to travelers until now. Cozy book shops, internationally significant art galleries, locally unique ecology, rare silk, renowned wasabi farm land, specialty glass work, soba making, and some of the best landscapes and outdoor activities in all of Nagano ken.
The website is still very new, so please feel free to post comments under this blog with any questions regarding travel in the Azumino area and I will do my best to answer them or forward them onto someone who can.
Whitney Conti
(website photographer and volunteer living in the Azumino area)