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— by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber: The jaw-dropping feeling of the power of a waterfall up close is an experience that leaves you with a new appreciation of the forces that shape our planet. Now, imagine what it would be like to experience that magic as closely as possible, climbing up those falls, handhold by toehold, in the force of rushing water, hanging hundreds of meters above the ground.

What is it about nature’s power that leaves us in stunned admiration? Our desire to experience nature up close spans cultures and landscapes, driving us to venture to some of it’s most extreme corners. Including, hanging hundreds of meters above the ground beneath one of Japan’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls.

The sport of Sawanobori, “stream climbing,” is a traditional form of climbing in Japan. On this adventure in our Saturdays Around the World series, we head off to Japan’s tallest waterfall, Shomyo Falls, and watch this sport in action…

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May 4, 2019