I’m no stranger to BBQs, but last weekend’s Scenic Yakiniku Night in Niseko Town was a little different from what I’m used to. I mean, a snowy setting, dozens of little fires, and a hundred people cooking for themselves? I was a little unsure, especially as I don’t like being cold or having to wait [...]
One of the most common questions I get asked by Niseko visitors is, ‘Where should we go for a couple of drinks tonight?’. It’s a fair question – if you’re on holiday enjoying the best snow of your life, chances are good that you’re going to feel like partying! I have a few favourites around [...]
As well as being the powder capital of the world, Niseko is offering an increasing amount of off-hill activities, much to the joy of locals, and I am sure, much to the delight of those who don’t want to ride every minute of their vacation. I was tickled about the opening of new yoga studio [...]
At some point during your Niseko visit, perhaps in those moments of respite on the gondola, or maybe while you’re soaking in a blissful onsen, your mind may turn to gifts for the loved ones you’ve left at home. So that you can concentrate on more important things like skiing – or maybe switching from [...]
If you’ve stayed in Hirafu before you will know that while Seicomart offers some very interesting dinner options, said options aren’t strong on a balance from the five food groups. You could eat out every night and never get through the incredible choice of restaurants, but that option is not easy on the wallet or [...]
Niseko swells with visitors during Chinese New Year, as guests from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China flock to enjoy some turns in powder heaven during their public holiday. This is a unique time of year, and I have some specific suggestions for ways to help you enjoy New Years Eve all over again, Niseko-style! [...]
‘Rich in culture’ is a phrase that is often bandied about, but my visit to The Festival of Japan’s martial arts exhibition today really defined the term for me… then underlined it and finished it off with two exclamation marks. I have heard of kendo before, but seeing a demonstration by kendoka, or ‘someone who [...]
I felt like a bit of a hypocrite writing this title because I definitely migrated to Niseko for its powder… or should I say powder life, wink wink. Aside from riding the best snow of my life, I have also made a hobby of embracing the fascinating cultural intricacies of Japan, and I am not [...]
Yesterday was a bluebird day in the usually overcast Niseko, and we all raced out into the glorious sunshine to play in Grand Hirafu’s newly opened terrain park. There is a good reason I usually leave the park stuff to my more coordinated friends, and I finished up the day feeling a little older and [...]
I AM looking at the river in which thousands of terrified people had jumped into trying to relieve the pain from their burning bodies. An estimated 66,000 people were killed in seconds when the United States of America dropped the atomic bomb – codenamed “Little Boy” - on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
It neared the end of World War II and marked the beginning of the nuclear age. The epicentre of the explosion was where Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park stands today. It hosts the Peace Memorial Museum, exhibitions and several monuments.