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Road Trip (part one)

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投稿日: 土曜日, 18 2月 2012
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At 3 pm tabi-tabi staff and guests piled into the van ready to experience a little culture. First stop was Oyaki Mura in Ogawa. Oyaki is a veggie filled bun popular in Nagano prefecture, and mura means village. According to the oyaki maker (man in blue), in the old days people who lived in the mountains made these everyday. Due to a shortage of flat land, rice paddies were limited, therefore rice in short supply. The mountain people of Nagano grew wheat for flour, that could be made into dough and shaped and stuffed into oyaki. On this day we got to do the shaping and stuffing ourselves. We all made 2 varieties of oyaki. First, the standard nozawana which is a green leafy vegetable that tastes a little like spinach but is actually from the turnip family. Then, the unohana variety, which is a dry roasted tofu pulp mixed with veggies. We shaped and stuffed, and the the obasan (auntie) helped us close up our little pockets of veggies before the ojisan (uncle) cooked them up for us on the irori (open fire). After we had our fill of handmade (and very tasty!) oyaki, we climbed back into the van and headed off to Nagano city for the Tomyo Festival..... (see part two for the rest of our little adventure).

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Road Trip (part two)

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投稿日: 土曜日, 18 2月 2012
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With bellies full of tasty treats, soba tea, and a lesson in Japanese culture, we headed off  to Nagano city for the 9th annual Tomyo Festival. This incredibly beautiful festival of lights is held every year at Zenkoji Temple to commemorate the Nagano Olympics  "and to pass on to the future generations the Olympic spirit of praying for peace. In this event, the message for peace is conveyed through lights with the aim of reaching out to the world". The main buildings of the temple are lit up in different colored spot lights, while smaller temples (Zenkoji is made up of 41 temples and shrines) put on their own more intimate candle lit displays. There were also streets filled with lanterns crafted by various artists, while another cobble stone road was filled with boisterous vendors selling hot sake and local festival food. I'm already looking forward to the 10th annual Tomyo Festival. See you there next year, and peace be with you until then...

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Road Trip

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投稿日: 水曜日, 18 1月 2012
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On January 18th we arrived at Shiga Kogen Resort for fresh groomers and a wee bit a pow. It was a beautiful bluebird day so you could still see the Northern Alps we left behind in Hakuba. We spent half a day exploring Japan's biggest ski resort, and then had lunch on the mountain. After lunch we made our way to Jugokudani Monkey Park to see the famous monkey onsen. Here are a few pics of the tour.

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Yuki-ita

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投稿日: 水曜日, 04 1月 2012
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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.

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Paradise Remembered

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投稿日: 土曜日, 14 5月 2011
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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!

Thanks, Rich!

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Buri Shabu Shabu!

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投稿日: 土曜日, 05 3月 2011
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After surfing pow on my new Yuki-ita, we were itching to see some waves so off to the ocean we went:

ocean viewing

It felt great to stretch our eyes out to the horizon:

ocean view

When in Japan, especially when you are near the ocean, do as the Japanese do, and feast on some seafood!Nihon-kai (The Japanese sea) is said to bear some of the best delicacies,because of its frigid temperatures fish are fattier, and therefore even tastier. This is a great fish market along the west coast of Japan:

fish market

With so much choice we had a lot of trouble choosing:

crab fish heads fish shrimp

Eventually we went with this HUGE buri (yellowtail) for only 1500 yen:

buri

and the friendly fish butcher cleaned it up for us at no charge:

happy fish butcher

 when we got home Yasu made Buri Shabu Shabu:

shabi shabi

Itadakimasu!

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