HALF Note is one of Hirafu’s great local bars. It was created by jazz fan and amateur player Shouichi Shimatani in 1982 as an addition to his pension, Full Note. These days it’s great for the older crowd who are looking for a more relaxed bar experience, although full-blown parties have been known to break out among the younger crew. This season Half Note has new managers, jazz musicians Tadao and Mami Shigematsu. Originally from Kushiro in eastern Hokkaido, they came to Niseko in December last year after living and performing in the US for almost 15 years. Performing live at Half Note every Sunday at 9pm. Half Note at the is towards the bottom of Momiji-Zaka Street.