- 4 to 5 tablespoons of stock (fish stock or veggie stock)
- 60g / 2 oz all purpose flour, sifted
- 3 ‘large’ (60g each) eggs
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of Japanese (pink) ginger
- About 300g / 10 1/2 oz. (about 2 packed cups) shredded cabbage
- 3 tablespoons of chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon of dried shrimp (optional)
- Oil for cooking
We are now prepping for another epic season in Hakuba! With every season we provide new upgrades to our services and facilities. For the upcoming 2016 / 2017 winter season the lodge will have new curtains, painted black boards, an updated check-in counter and information area, and freshly coated walls. Just last spring as the snow was melting we finally got a chance to rip off all the old wallpaper. It was a big job but we got a lot of help from our hardworking helpers (Thanks Ken, Chris, and Steve!). Now the resurfacing has begun (with the help of Frank and Sandra). If you are curious, we are applying a natural lime-based plaster called shikui which has been used for centuries in Japanese architecture and is revered not only for its durability and beauty but is also considered to be the most environmentally-responsible plaster finish available. It helps to prevent mold and mildew during the Japanese humid summers and acts as a natural antiseptic for better air quality all year long. We hope you like it as much as we do. We have had a lot of time to hone our shikui skills at our summer location, Retreat wabi-sabi. Have a look:
Now back to the winter season 2016/17 in Hakuba:
We’ve got dinners and other treats planned. Yu-chan, our friendly manager from Osaka will be joining us again this year and is planning “Osaka Nights”, where you will learn how to make (and eat of course) Osakan specialties like okonomiyaki and takoyaki! Look out for home-baked goods, and breakfast items like home-made greek yogurt, batches of freshly-made granola, chia pudding, and fruit compote!
About the snow, as many of you probably know, last year Hakuba experienced its worst season in 120 years! That’s right, it’s doesn’t get worse then 2015/16. And it won’t, we promise you! Forecasters are still talking about La Nina, arriving this fall and with a little research you will see that La Nina means huge dumps of snow to central Japan. Come on, La Nina! Also speaking from experience (that’s now 12 seasons in Hakuba) a poor snow season is always followed by an epic winter!
In fact, The Free Ride World Tour is so confident that it will be an awesome winter that Hakuba has been scouted for their world class event. It is the first time that a location has been chosen in Asia! Yes, the Japanese Alps are epic too! Epic enough for the world’s gnarliest of skiers and snowboarders.
Temperatures here in Hakuba are now dropping, the peaks are all covered with fresh white snow, but we hope it stays warm for a little longer though because Shikui doesn’t dry well in cool temps. Once all the plaster has been applied though, we’ll be praying for snow and hoping that this coming season will make up for the last. Here is a little something to get you in the mood:
Now you may not be quite up to joining the World Free Ride Tour, or camping out in the back-country, but we have got tours to provide fun for every level and every kind of snow lover. tabi-tabi will once again be offering Snow Surf (aka yukiita) Tours!!! We now have the largest quiver of bindingless boards, so we have something for everyone! And trust me everyone CAN do this! It is pure joy, like tobagganing for adults.
We are now on booking.com and airbnb but book direct and we will have some freebies for you! Go to “book now” and we’ll see you very soon!
Angela, Yasu, Yu, and the rest of the 2016 / 2017 season tabi-tabi crew!
Lodge tabi-tabi has a wide selection of Hakuba discount passes available. We will be posting our best rates at the lodge everyday. At the moment we have discount passes for Happo-one, Goryu / Hakuba 47, Tsugaike, Cortina, and Iwatake. Sorry, these discounted lift tickets are available for staying guests only. One more reason to stay with us!
Yuki means “snow” and “ita” means board, but this is not your average snowboard. These handcrafted rockered snow planks that come complete with stomp pads and leash cords are the ultimate powder surfers. You can not imagine the fun you can have cruisin’ country roads, scoping lines, hiking hills, sampling from a quiver of sticks, and floating through pow surrounded by the tranquility of nature only broken by the laughter of friends.
Yuki-ita tours are now available at Lodge tabi-tabi. An afternoon session in a secret powder stash, door-to-door transportation, unlimited use of the above quiver of sticks, and a hot lunch with coffee or tea in the outdoors is less than a day pass at the resort.
Yasu will also be providing some basic instructions but once you try it you will see that no experience is necessary to stand up on a binding-less board and float down a powderful hill.
More pics here. Enquire within.
O-shogatsu means New Years in Japan, and although this is one of Japan’s biggest annual celebrations, there isn’t a whole lot of Champagne popping going on. Last night 10 tabi-tabi-ians said goodbye to the new year by eating some toshikoshi soba at The Tonegawa Soba Shop. Toshikoshi means end of the old year and start of the new year. Soba is a bowl of buckwheat noodles served in a hot soy based soup. The long noodles symbolize a long and hopefully healthy life.
After our steamy bowl of noodles, we walked through the old Iimori village to Chogokuji Temple for Hatsumode (New Year’s temple visit). Inside we listened to the Buddhist priest chant and pray for the new year that lay ahead, we then went to a large tatami room where we shared amazake (a sweet non-refined sake) and ate mochi, rice crakers, and tsukemono (pickled veggies).
Once we had our fill, we went outside again to ring the temple bell. Everyone got to have a go at swinging the large pendulum. According to tradition, the bell must be rung 108 times. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana. I’m sure, 2012 is going to be a good year!
Akemashite Omedeto! (Happy New year!)
Remembering some good silly backyard jib sessions at Lodge tabi-tabi. Featuring Baz and friends in the Deep Forest Fun Run at Lodge tabi-tabi during the 2009/10 season. Thanks Chris, for making, and posting, this awesome little flick.
While travelling in Japan you might notice that you never see Japanese people carrying suitcases, board bags, trollies, and other over-sized gear around. That’s cause they know better. Japan is the land of convenience and efficiency! You too should take full advantage of this cheap, fast, friendly service. When you arrive at the airport just take your bags to one of the Ta-Q-bin desks like Kuroneko (Black Cat) or other courier companies. Give them an address and they will deliver your goods to your accommodation the next day (if sent before 3 pm), or choose any other day that suits you best. If you are sending your stuff to Lodge tabi-tabi in Hakuba, please ask them to deliver your bags no more than one day before you arrive. We can not store your gear for longer than a day.
They will also pick up your gear at your hotel, or you can take your stuff to any convenience store or post-office. For security reasons, packages sent to the airport will take an extra day.
For those of you sending your gear from the airport, our address is:
Lodge tabi-tabi (your name)
***** be sure to pay when you are sending your luggage if possible, and ask them to deliver your bags no more than one day before your arrival at the accommodation. *****
Some of the Think Thank crew stayed with us last season. We never really saw them though. They were out the door before I woke up, and rarely got back before dark. These guys work hard!!!! Check out Ransack Rebellion to see what they were up to all day.
but this is just a teaser. You can get the full deal here
Cutting, Chopping, splitting….. 1 load down, 9 to go! In Hakuba, spring is for chopping, summer is for drying, and fall is for stacking. We’ll have plenty of wood for the wood stove again this coming season. Nothing like coming back to the lodge after a good day out and sitting by the fire for a few hours …..
On March 3rd a whole crew of us found powder paradise, our very own Powder Paradise in fact. See if you can spot anyone else in the resort?! You can read about it here.
Rich, one of the Snow Season Japan guests that came and stayed for the 2011 season, made this awesome little video about this awesome powder day. Makes me “Woohoohoo!” everytime I watch it!
Lodge tabi-tabi staff, Yosuke from Tokyo, has been eager to teach some Japanese cooking to our international guests. Tony (a returning guest from Australia) is a big fan of okonomiyaki and had fun learning how to make this simple Japanese dish at home.
bonito flakes, okonomiyaki sauce, and mayonnaise
Making okonomiyaki is easy! Just put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Next, pour the batter into a heated and oiled frypan. Cook for 3 minutes than flip. Cook for another 3 minutes and flip again and cook for a final 3 minutes. Toss the Okonomiyaki onto a plate and top with okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes (katsuoboshi), and mayonnaise (preferable the Japanese kind). Cut into bite sized pieces and enjoy!
Before eating, Japanese people say, “itadakimasu!”.
We would like to thank Think Thank for joining us!
The Think Thank crew was in Hakuba for the first overseas Boxes for Days, and working on footage for their new movie “Ransack Rebellion”. Looking forward to seeing them shred parts of the hood that no boards have dared go before. As a farewell gift we received a copy of “Right Brain. Left Brain”, the 2 disc film to cover both sides of the noggin has been described as, ” Meticulously messy, precisely unpredictable and controlled chaos; snowboarding is everything and can do anything.” Here is the teaser for yah:
and a pic of us with them:
Jesse Burtner, Miyuki from Snowstyle Magazine, Maki who shreds for Replant in Hakuba, Mike Yoshida, Christina Burtner aka Pika (photographer, graphic designer, artist…..), Ted Borland, Ross, Chris Larson and Sean Genovese from Dinosaurs Will Die)