A ride through the high mountains of Yamagata Prefecture, northern Japan, with a cyclist on his first long road trip. An interest in Eastern philosophy has drawn him to the 3 Mountains of Dewa, a legendary abode of kami deities. We begin by cycling among cherry trees and meeting a veteran artisan of Japanese chess pieces. On Mt. Haguro, we're guided up the sacred peak by a Yamabushi mountain ascetic. Finally, we help a free-spirited falconer train his bird of prey in the snowy wilderness.
A Yamabushi ascetic takes us up a sacred mountain
We meet a falconer who's been training birds for decades
A piece from Japanese chess, Sho-gi, carved by a skilled artisan
Cyclist Paul Imperatrice explores this magical land on his first long ride