Hokkaido is the northern island of Japan. It has cities with modern urban humanity that wild mountains, forests, lakes keep at bay.
Growing up in Australia I never saw real snow, even when I lived in England for 3 years, it only snowed once and it had all melted by the end of the day anyway. Maybe that’s why I’ve always thought of snow as idyllic and beautiful; and why I chose to live in an area […]
Well in following the epic powder dump, Max, Cheech and I decided to check out Mowia – the next resort which is infamous for its back bowls, knee deep powder and serious lack of ppl.. we got our gear on and dragged our asses and onto the bus, excited like school kids going on an […]
I commend Hokkaido for its beautiful scenery and lovely snow. It is indeed the best place to ski, and has the most friendly people you could ever meet. Club Med is great for families.
Japan and I, we’ve had our ups and downs. Our journey together started back in February of 2005 and although I left her shores in June 2010, my deep love for this life-changing and soul-catching place will continue forever. This is our story. It was early in the morning one day in February, about 9 […]
The most important thing I have learnt about Japanese life so far is that it’s probably not a good idea to try to ride a fairly old “mama-chari” (or bicycle with a neat little basket on the front) around in the snow. Especially if you haven’t ridden a bicycle since you were 10 years old. […]
All good things come to an end, as the saying goes. And sadly October brings the end of my super-duper, fantastic summer tour of Japan. I really can’t speak highly enough about how good it was to see all the different areas of this wonderful country. Japan is so much more than Tokyo and Kyoto, […]
OOOOHHH what an adventure we had at this years Yuki Matsuri, meaning “Snow Festival” in Japanese. A few things to preface this blog entry. I have a teacher at one of my travel schools who is originally from Asahikawa, Hokkaido. When I told him (way back in September when we booked the tickets) that I […]
Before I left for Japan, my Uncle bought me a book entitled “1000 Places to See Before You Die.” Although a bit overwhelming (as I want to see them all!) the book mentioned a few places in Japan that I was hoping some of which might be possible to visit this year. One of the […]
I just had one of my greatest weekends in Japan at the Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) in Sapporo, Hokkaido! The festival started 57 years ago, when a group of students assembled an exhibition of ice sculptures in Odori Park. This little project of theirs developed into Hokkaido’s most internationally acclaimed festival! On Friday morning, a […]