Nisesko Grand Hirafu - Alpen Run Bottleneck
Hirafu looking good - blue skies , fresh snow and fresh tracks !
To the south you can see the crack lines appearing on the south faces.
One of the steepest sections in Hirafu - Nikabe strikes fear into any beginner but early in the morni...
Scrambling to get a night pano done on the last nighter of the year ...yep "waited" for the last poss...
This pano was taken close to the top of the King Pair Lift #1.Still quite a bit of fresh corduroy ( u...
Top to bottom riding hasn't begun yet here in Hirafu Niseko but still plenty of people are enjoying f...
For weeks now i have been looking up at the mountain checking out the progress on the new Hirafu gond...
A fantastic winters afternoon on the 22nd of Feb.This a a really nice spot to stop and take in the view.
Niseko Hirafu's Sennoki run
For a while i have wanted to try making a pano like this...i used my tripod set up but probably best ...
I am not sure who was more suprised - this stylish skier who stopped to take a photo of me shooting a...
Yesterday Hirafu Resort held their yearly kicker comp. This years kicker was a decent size which allo...
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.