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Hirafu Rinkan

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Always a fun cruise.

This course is a good indicator of the ammount of snow niseko receives as at this spot there are large trees completely buried.

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A: Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift # 3 - Top

by Glen Claydon, 190 meters away

Taken from the top of Hanazono's quad lidt # 3. This is the highest point lift point between Hanazono...

Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift # 3 - Top

B: Niseko Hirafu - Top of the King Hooded Triple Lift # 3

by Glen Claydon, 200 meters away

This is the classic view that keeps people coming back to Hirafu year after year. Taken on the 12th o...

Niseko Hirafu - Top of the King Hooded Triple Lift # 3

C: Niseko Hirafu Spring Park # 2

by Glen Claydon, 320 meters away

Although the powder snow has gone for the most part in April we do get lot's of beautiful clear days ...

Niseko Hirafu Spring Park # 2

D: Niseko Hirafu Spring Park 2011 # 3

by Glen Claydon, 350 meters away

The 3rd pano in this series. The two guys just below me here in the pano were straight lining ( no tu...

Niseko Hirafu Spring Park 2011 # 3

E: Yotei Sunset Course

by Glen Claydon, 350 meters away

Taken at the main gateway between the resorts of Hanazono and Hirafu. Left down to Hanazono straight ...

Yotei Sunset Course

F: Top of the Hirafu Ace Pair Lift # 4 - Autumn

by Glen Claydon, 380 meters away

Shot on a fantastic clear autumn day. Really happy with the view in this panorama as you can see all ...

Top of the Hirafu Ace Pair Lift # 4 - Autumn

G: Between Annupuri and Niseko Village - Highside

by Glen Claydon, 420 meters away

At the top of Annupuri and Niseko Village resorts. One of the really good things about Niseko United ...

Between Annupuri and Niseko Village - Highside

H: Niseko Hirafu Between the King 4 and Ace 4 lifts

by Glen Claydon, 430 meters away

Shot just before sunset on an awesome day. This is the highest point accessible by the lifts. The acc...

Niseko Hirafu Between the King 4 and Ace 4 lifts

I: Annupuri Jumbo Pair Lift #4 - Bottom

by Glen Claydon, 470 meters away

This lift is the gateway lift between Annupuri, Niseko Village and Hirafu/Hanazono - The Niseko Unite...

Annupuri Jumbo Pair Lift #4 - Bottom

J: Niseko Hirafu Spring Park 2011 # 4

by Glen Claydon, 560 meters away

Niseko Hirafu Spring Park in all it spring glory. If you look closely you will notice that i have edi...

Niseko Hirafu Spring Park 2011 # 4

This panorama was taken in Hokkaido, Japan

This is an overview of Japan

The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.

The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.

They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.

So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.

The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.

I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.

At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)

Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...

Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.

They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.

Text by Steve Smith.

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