FOR those after unique local furniture and souvenirs, Niseko Town’s Ram Kobo is a must see. Masafumi Sawada moved from crowded Tokyo to Sapporo 35 years ago to start an art studio. When he decided Sapporo was becoming too busy he looked further afield, and like many like-minded artisans, chose Niseko. He started working with iron because there was no one doing it in Hokkaido. He moved in to an old farmer’s warehouse under the big yellow Niseko Town Bridge where his workshop and gallery remains today. For an idea of what Sawada-san has to offer go to www.niseko-ram.com. In winter, get a Japanese speaker to call before going.