If you’ve ever seen a Japanese period piece or samurai film, or have listened to a big-budget movie soundtrack in the last 15 years, chances are you’ve heard the epic rumblings of one of Japan’s most recognisable traditional instruments, the Taiko drum.
There may have been more beautiful bluebirds over recent days, but don’t be fooled — winter is well on its way. If it’s anything like last season, we’re in for more incredible early snow, and lifts could open as early as the final week of November.
As we pass through the spring equinox and the temperatures begin to flirt with positive numbers, Niseko is starting to quiet down as the crowds recede. The roads start to reappear and massive snowbanks start to shrink as local businesses become visible again. […]
Levels of laziness and neglect of one’s vehicle is unfortunately a public display here in Niseko. If you decide to leave your car for two weeks, people will notice it as they walk by. And then they start to forget about it when your car is completely buried. Although this time the car in question was still visible, lets just say it was a close call. […]