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Niseko Hirafu Gondola - below the top station

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Another beautiful winters day in Hirafu.

From this point you can ski along under the gondola for a while and head skiers right and meet up with the green run or turn left and head into the Miharashi area...fun fun

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A: Top of the Hirafu Gondola - Nighter

by Glen Claydon, 70 meters away

Niseko's winter legend T-ROY about to carve it up for the last nighter of the 09/10 season. Hopefully...

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B: Niseko Hirafu King Bell

by Glen Claydon, 190 meters away

Pretty much the midway point in Hirafuto the right is the King Bell restaurant and the top of the gon...

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C: Niseko Grand Hirafu - Top of the Kokutai and Furiko Courses

by Glen Claydon, 400 meters away

This pano captures some of the great things about skiing in Niseko during March - great snow, great w...

Niseko Grand Hirafu - Top of the Kokutai and Furiko Courses

D: Niseko Hirafu Summer Gondola

by Glen Claydon, 400 meters away

The summer gondola operates on the Ace Quad Lift #2 Center 4 lift and is the easiest way up the mount...

Niseko Hirafu Summer Gondola

E: Niseko Hirafu Furiko 2011

by Glen Claydon, 460 meters away

A fantastic winters afternoon on the 22nd of Feb.This a a really nice spot to stop and take in the view.

Niseko Hirafu Furiko 2011

F: Niseko Hirafu Alpen Ace Quad # 2 Summit

by Glen Claydon, 480 meters away

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G: Niseko Hirafu Jumbo Course - Autumn Early Snow

by Glen Claydon, 500 meters away

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H: New Hirafu Gondola Construction in Gokabe 'Konayuki'

by Glen Claydon, 630 meters away

For weeks now i have been looking up at the mountain checking out the progress on the new Hirafu gond...

New Hirafu Gondola Construction in Gokabe 'Konayuki'

I: Hirafu Swinging Monkey - Top

by Glen Claydon, 690 meters away

Spring groomed runs are a good option early in the morning and the top of the Swinging Monkey lift is...

Hirafu Swinging Monkey - Top

J: Hirafu Nikabe Night View

by Glen Claydon, 690 meters away

Scrambling to get a night pano done on the last nighter of the year ...yep "waited" for the last poss...

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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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