Top of the Hirafu Gondola - Nighter
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Top of the Hirafu Gondola - Nighter

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Niseko's winter legend T-ROY about to carve it up for the last nighter of the 09/10 season. Hopefully this year i'll get the chance to ride with him...if i can keep up - will need MIKEPOW on board ( no pun intended ).

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A: Niseko Hirafu Gondola - below the top station

door Glen Claydon, 70 hier vandaan

Another beautiful winters day in Hirafu.From this point you can ski along under the gondola for a whi...

Niseko Hirafu Gondola - below the top station

B: Niseko Hirafu King Bell

door Glen Claydon, 160 hier vandaan

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

Niseko Hirafu King Bell

C: Niseko Hirafu Summer Gondola

door Glen Claydon, 390 hier vandaan

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

D: Niseko Hirafu Jumbo Course - Autumn Early Snow

door Glen Claydon, 440 hier vandaan

Looking for some early season snowscapes...not magic this morning but exciting anyways to see snow of...

Niseko Hirafu Jumbo Course - Autumn Early Snow

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

door Glen Claydon, 450 hier vandaan

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

F: Niseko Hirafu Alpen Ace Quad # 2 Summit

door Glen Claydon, 460 hier vandaan

The top of Hirafu Alpen Ace Quad # 2 lift on a beautiful spring morning March 12th 2008.Spring is a g...

Niseko Hirafu Alpen Ace Quad # 2 Summit

G: Niseko Hirafu Furiko 2011

door Glen Claydon, 520 hier vandaan

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

H: Hirafu Swinging Monkey - Top

door Glen Claydon, 620 hier vandaan

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

Hirafu Swinging Monkey - Top

I: Hanazono / Hirafu Family Course

door Glen Claydon, 700 hier vandaan

This was towards the end of a great day when i shot panos all day ...about 25 over 15kms or so. This ...

Hanazono / Hirafu Family Course

J: New Hirafu Gondola Construction in Gokabe 'Konayuki'

door Glen Claydon, 700 hier vandaan

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'

Dit panorama is genomen in Hokkaido, Japan

Dit is een overzicht van 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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