Everybody knows the best time to buy sporting equipment is at the end of a season. And nowhere is that more true than Japan. The Japanese love to buy and be seen with the latest gear and in the latest fashion. Which means at the end of winter everything that hasn’t been sold is almost worthless. The best bargains go down in Tokyo’s ski and snowboard hub Kanda, but even in Niseko you can pick up some bargains. Niseko 343 has just announced its ex-rentals sale offering 06/07 Apache Chiefs, Outlaws, Recons and more. Keep an eye out for Larry Adler’s and Fusion-Demo’s upcoming sales.