- the unfamiliar
- 未知のもの（後出 unknown thing も同意）
- cite ～
- 登る（後出 high- altitude climb は高所登山、summit は登頂する、ascent はここでは登頂）
- 探検する（後出 explorer は探検家）
- Arctic Circle
- canoe down
- observation platform
Into New Landscapes
"Travel is to uncover the unfamiliar or get a surprise by encountering new landscapes or unknown things," says photographer Ishikawa Naoki.
Ishikawa, 43, has traveled to more than 100 countries and shared his encounters with us through thousands of photos. He cites Alaska and the Himalayas as destinations that changed his life. When he was 20, he climbed Denali, the highest mountain in North America. It was his first high-altitude climb. Then in 2001, when he was 23, he became the youngest person to summit the highest mountains on seven continents — a record he held until 2002.
Since climbing Denali, he has returned to Alaska often, sometimes to explore the Arctic Circle, and at other times to canoe down the Yukon River.
"There are many faces of Alaska, and I've always loved the place. It has a different kind of wildness from the Himalayas, and very interesting lands," he explained.
Some may think he is more like an explorer than a photographer — and there may be some truth to that. Following his second ascent of Everest in 2011, he went to the Himalayas almost every summer and climbed several peaks over 8,000 meters tall, including Lhotse and Manaslu. During expeditions lasting two to three months each, the mountains taught him his strengths and weaknesses.
"All in all, the journeys to the Himalayas have had a great influence on my life," he said.
Ishikawa doesn't just climb mountains. Whenever he's in a new city, he first seeks out high ground such as hills or observation platforms to get a panoramic view and a sense of the place's scale.
"I'm trying to go from a macro perspective to a micro perspective," he explained.
But this year, he was forced to make drastic changes to his life because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. In pre- coronavirus days, he spent two-thirds of the year traveling Japan and abroad. His last trip overseas was to Pakistan in the summer of 2019, and domestically to Shiretoko, Hokkaido, in February. Since then, he has stayed in Tokyo unless he had to go somewhere for work. Under these circumstances, how does he spend his days? (Continued on page 5)
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