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About Tachypsychia

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  1. Tachypsychia

    Typing Japanese gone all wonky!

    For the IME I use Alt+Capslock changes from hiragana to katakana, then you have to use shift+ capslock to change back. Dumb, since most words normally in katakana are guessed by the IME anyway...
  2. Everythings much closer in Japan and the quantity of snow seems bigger too! So far I've done 40 days since Jan 2nd. Made a spreadsheet to keep track. Towadako Onsen- 1 day Makado Onsen- 1 Day Hakkoda -1 Day (going back between now and may) Naqua Shirakami- 3 Days (maybe one more day this season) Kamafuseyama- 34 Days Great season even if I don't board anymore, but I'll probably get 5-6 more days if I'm lucky! Glad to see I'm not the only one getting some time out there.
  3. I plan on bringing some calorie mates and a bottle of water, extra pair of gloves, and a space blanket, besides my normal gear of a towel, UL Down jacket, screwdriver and camera. Just wasn't sure if I wouldn't be allowed on the gondola without a beacon. Believe me, i definitely WANT one, but given the conditions I normally ride in up here, it's not on my must needs buy list. I'm pretty sure we're just going to ride down the 3 standard courses, as I'm not even sure how confident I'll be in the deep powder my first time, but I'd rather be safe than sorry, Thanks!
  4. You'd do well to save some money buy buying your own edger and looking up a few tutorial videos. 6000 sounds to expensive alone. I think you can pick one up for about 3000. The edgers have angles set in so it's not a very hard job to do. But if you don't have the time or the equipment available, I suppose you could trust them for the job. Sorry I don't know of any places around there though.
  5. Finally got a backup date on going to Hakkoda, which is this Friday. I'm going with a local friend who skis and has been to Hakkoda a few times. Beyond telling me to "dress warm" he didn't include any other gear that may be required. I'm under the impression that I need to have an avi beacon with me when I go out, but I don't remember where I read that. I think they rent them at the base but want to know what to expect before hand. In a perfect world, I'd bring snowshoes and poles among other gear, but I don't think I can get them last minute, and we aren't going to do any off piste my first day there. Was looking for some insight from others who have been there to know what to expect. He's timed this trip in line with watching the weather forecasts, but you know how mountains can surprise you in the end.
  6. Tachypsychia

    Morning Greetings!

    About the same. Still snowing with forecasted snow for the rest of the week. Got drunk and sick last night so I couldn't make it out of the house today. Going out for at least half the day tomorrow for sure.
  7. Must have been a big drink.
  8. Tachypsychia

    Morning Greetings!

    Morning! Been a while since I've trolled on here, but only because most of my mornings have been on the mountain bright and early. Still at least one good week left up here in Shimokita, and a few resorts will be open until early may because of their altitude. Going to finish this season strong! But today is a rest day
  9. Busy Busy Busy! That's how the past two weeks have been for me! You'll be happy to know that despite the wicked heat wave we had ( IT WAS 5 ONE DAY!), that most of the snow here survived on the mountain, and with two decent dumps in the past few days, winter still seems to be fighting strong. Taking advantage of the time I had, and the steadily increasing experience, I've been snowboarding just about every day. In the last 14 days, I managed to get on the mountain 8 times, and the last week went every day, although a few of those days were teaching some beginner friends just how to stand up. Surprisingly, those days were a handful too, since it takes a lot of energy just to stand up on your board and not move for a while! I REALLY enjoyed Towadako Onsen. It's a secret gem near Oirase Gorge (which is also CRAZY beautiful even in winter), and though there aren't any off piste opportunities in the little time I was there, a good snow park and other features make me want to come back in the future. I'll get a full review out in the next few days, hopefully this weekend since things are slowing down for me a bit. Unfortunately, I had to cancel my plans last week for Hakkoda, as my Japanese friend who was organizing the trip got the flu the day before and I had to tell him that going skiing with a flu was a bad idea. I think we will try again in the first few days of next week. I'm also unable to use my Niseko voucher this year, since a buddy backed out last minute on me, and I can't make the trip to Hokkaido on my own. Next year, I'll plan with a more trustworthy friend I suppose. The voucher will go back to SJ for someone else to use I hope! To make up for it, I'll be going to Hirosaki, Naqua Shirakami for a weekend in the middle of March. Kamafuse closes it's doors March 20th, but with the warm weather trying to sneak in, It may not be good boarding that far along. I'm going to make the most out of the season here though and go as often as I can. Out of the 26 days I've been snowboarding this season, 24 have been on Kamafuse. Next season I'd like to get at least 50, but that depends largely on the weather, since the mountain didn't open this year until January 2nd, where as they normally open early December. Stay tuned!
  10. I have the same thing on my tail that's been there since I took the wrap off. Its a normal manufacturing thing.
  11. It's been about two weeks since an update. I've been doing a little traveling across the prefecture, so haven't really had the time to post anything here. Been to the mountain about 4 times since, and the conditions were great after our heavy two foot of snow dump, but then melted the top layer and became garbage to ride on. Between going boarding often and the amount of snow I had to shovel I got pretty sore starting this last week and haven't made it back to the slopes. This weekend I'll be going to a 雪物語 in 十和田 so there will be some nice pictures of that place and expect a review for Towadako Onsen as well as I intend to snowboard there on Sunday. I have some tentative plans to go to Hakkoda on Wednesday based on weather forecast and am looking forward to that trip as well. More content to come loyal followers!
  12. Got my stickers and flyers today! Thanks so much! Stickerbomb forthcoming.
  13. So Aomori prefecture just got hit hard. We have over 2 feet of snow since this morning with more coming. We left to light snow, but there were already disabled vehicles on the way. I went to Aomori City, stayed until 10pm. Had to clean all this off once we got back to the car. And once I got back into Mutsu I couldnt even make it back home. got the car stuck and had to walk. Plows have been busy all night and will be busy into morning for sure. Great powdery snow, perfect conditions as soon as the weather clears up, I'm heading out to the mountain. Some cars were almost completely buried in snow drifts. On the road to my apartment it was up to my knees. So... Game on!
  14. Somewhere between 2 and 3. No gear, but took an avi class. The interest is there.


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