Shigeru Tokumaru, 73, is a talented local painter who was born in Obihiro in central Hokkaido. He stayed there until he was 32 and worked in a busy bank before asking to be transferred to a branch where he could ski. He ended up in Niseko where business was very quiet, so he had a lot of time to paint. Because the scenery was so beautiful in the surrounding area he changed from painting portraits to nature. Then he was transferred back to a city branch which was busy. He soon decided that Niseko was calling, so at 43 he quit and moved back. His son was working in Tokyo designing bridges but decided to join his father. He designed the gallery, the first floor is for the father’s gallery, the second floor is the son’s gallery – he still designs bridges in Niseko to this day. Shigeru-san feels lucky because he gets to paint everyday and he is still skiing.