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Introduction

Hi everyone! I'm from the Netherlands and my name is Sjaak Mintjens and for those that don't get how to pronounce my name, just say Shark, and you'll be close enough! I have lived in Japan for a total of two years now (summer 2013) but over three periods. I did some exchange studies and was an intern at NPO-SCOP in the period of April 1st - August 2nd of 2013. NPO-SCOP is the company that helped build this page for Kamikochi and its fans. I have little to no mountain climbing experience unlike several others on this website, as you can also see on my profile picture how I completely nailed an 801 meter elevation.

For now, instead of mountain climbing articles I added a bunch of articles about the surroundings of Kamikochi. So much to see do and especially eat! 

Residence

I am currently living in Matsumoto and I do not see any change in that any time soon.

Hobbies

Cooking, eating and maybe even more than that, communicating. Whenever I am traveling (or not), you will most likely be seeing me doing one of those, unless I am spacing out and just enjoying the view that is right infront of me. 

Favorite Kamikōchi spot:

My favorite bit in Kamikochi has to be the Forest Course part. Two words: Jurassic Park. Go there and you'll know exactly what I mean.