I actually heard about Niseko and the skiing in Japan many years ago, from a friend that on a week off work during a business trip in Japan, decided to explore the mountains. Nate told me about this place “where you could only ski the trees, because it’s snowing all the time, and the visibility is bad. You can ski at night too and basically every morning you wake up with 20/30cm of fresh powder”!
it sounded a dreamy place for seeking fresh powder. I told myself that sooner or later I had to check it out. After some research I discovered that in Niseko, Hokkaido, the most northern island, the average snow precipitation every year is 14meters! This by far more than any other place on earth that I know!
What attracted me the most, after the powder, was visiting a little piece of Japan. I was expecting such a different culture, a new lifestyle, high tech, the famous Japanese gentleness and manners and totally disorienting language and words. The reality matched quite well the expectations and the result was for me a total Japanisation!
Once there, I wanted to know how would a Japanese do or eat or dress in any circumstances surrounding me. The surprises and the amazements were behind every corner any time of the day. From the grocery stores, to the architecture, from the lift speakers to the strangers dresses. In Japan you really feel the history and the culture permeating through the people and their uses. I felt the obligation to be extremely respectful and polite in front of their kindness and genuine being. Even the people met randomly on the street or in the resort were so helpful and honest that I had never felt in a safer place in my life.
What made me laugh the most was my personification of a Japanese in Europe. If we make fun at them because they take photos any second, I was exactly the same over there. I couldn’t resist. Snapping photo around was my favorite hobby. Here you are a little collection of strangeness.
Ah I almost forgot… the pow was really good!
Tanks to Emilio Previ(tilio) and Damiano Levati for the great job and the fun times!
More stories coming soon!