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  1. slow

    Cornwall, England

    Nice pics! No surf???
  2. I had a great time in Nozawa onsen this weekend! I have been too busy to go skiing this winter but I could ski with Ewok and Risa finally. They also enjoyed thier first time Nozawa onsen experience. It was really fun weekend. Thank you very much for the tickets SJ!!!
  3. I liked Kurumayama, the slopes aren't so long but very wide and fun. It's beautiful view from the top. As you may know, that Chuo area doesn't get too much snow and most days are sunny. If you are ready for manmade hard snow, you can enjoy. The neaby resort I liked was Echovalley. It's very small but slopes are steeper.
  4. From Wikipedia and some slow research, First ski resort in Japan was Goshiki Onsen in Yamagata 1911, it didn't have a ski lift. The first ski lift was on the Moiwayama 1946, but it was just for occupation forces. Shiga Kogen also set up ski lift for them next year. The first resort set up civilian use ski lift was Kusatsu in 1948. I'm trying to find out the oldest ski resort in Hokkaido... Ofcourse there were some skiers in the mountains already..., and Moiwayama got the ski lift for occupation forces, but Otaru Tenguyama 1952 was the oldest civilian use ski lift in Hokkaido, so we can say Otaru Tenguyama is the oldest ski resort in Hokkaido?? I also found very interesting picture of first ski jump competition in Japan. It was in Tokyo 1938 -Korakuen, now Tokyo Dome. They brought snow from Ishiuchi on the overnight train, what a hard work!
  5. Do you use brita at home? I want this in my office but they don't sell this in Japan... -Hot and Cold filtered water -Automatic filter replacement indicator tells you when to change the filter -3-gallon capacity bottle -Filter included
  6. slow


    Hey King, I was at Shida shita, too. from 11ish to 1pm with Rob and two other girls. It was getting too windy in the afternoon and we decided to go home for lunch. I think I'm going to have a lesson next time from CHP nori san.
  7. slow

    The best fish in the world

    I think it's true. We can have fresh fine fish all over Japan, from Kyusyu to Hokkaido.(Okinawa fish is different, they are very colourful...) Moreover, good fish comes to Japan from all over the world and consumed here. I had really good Sushi in Denver several years ago, I thought they imported fish from Seattle or somewhere in ths US and I was so impressed by their fish quality. But the true story is... they import fish from Fukuoka everyday: Quote: Sushi Den was born in 1985 when Toshi, who had been a chef in Tokyo and Los Angeles, and Yasu, who had been a chef in London, came to Denver to start their own restaurant. Toshi is the heart and the soul of Sushi Den. Although soft-spoken, he communicates with the senses. Sushi Den is a feast for the eyes as well as the palette, and is the gathering place of Denver's cutting edge. Not one to rest on his laurels, Toshi continuously raises the bar and sets the standard for high quality sushi, not only in Denver but throughout the United States. The adherence to quality at Sushi Den has never wavered in 20 years, a remarkable accomplishment for any restaurant. The Zagat survey rates Sushi Den as one of the most prestigious Sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States. Sushi Den clearly stands out from the rest of the competitors and continuously sets the standard. Along with an incredibly dedicated and talented staff of 85 in Denver and a staff of 15 in Japan, the success and talent behind Sushi Den lies in the three Kizaki brothers, Toshi, Yasu & Koichi, and Toshi's wife Michiko. Koichi, the youngest brother, lives in Japan. Koichi makes a daily 4:00 AM trip to the fish market to select and purchase the finest and freshest fish for both restaurants. The fish is vacuumed packed with dry ice and flown from Japan to Denver arriving the same day. Toshi is the creative force behind the true sushi dining experience at Sushi Den. He is the master chef in both Denver and Japan. Toshi also makes a daily 7:00 AM trip to Denver's Japanese fish market 6 days a week. When I go to Fukuoka next time, probably in October, I'm going to check out Sushiden there.
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    Cycling in Nagano

    Oyuki, there is a bike path along the Chikuma river, from Ueda to Shinonoi instead of boring route18. http://masakn.web.infoseek.co.jp/gglmap/03021002.htm
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    Cycling in Nagano

    I use ostrich bike bag. It's very easy. http://item.rakuten.co.jp/artodbox/c/0000003364/ Otsukaresama, Oyuki! Thanks for putting your route on bikely. 100km ride sounds good, riding along the river is also good, but route 406 from Nagano... it looks really tough...
  10. slow

    Cycling in Nagano

    Oyuki, I'd love to join you next time! From Karuizawa to Hakuba, is it about 100-120km? Could you put your route on bikely.com? ger, CB, let's do Shikoku ride together! Some of my bike friends went to Shikoku during Golden week, they said it was really nice ride. Jumping in the cold water after cycling in summer is sooooo good!
  11. slow

    Japanese Snakes

    Hibakari(Japanese keelback)?? http://baikada.com/JSM/?cat=15
  12. Wow! Nice TR and pics, King! That debris shot is unique and cool. I hope Yamashiro san gets better soon, though... Originally Posted By: Ewok 2 looking forward to seeing girls TR as well Ewok, you should go this weekend with Dan and Risa. I'm looking forward to Ewok's TR.
  13. Thanks for caring for my back and sending me your genki, Markie. I will be in good condition next time I see you and have fun ski with you and sunrise, I promise. le petit tonneau It'll be good night for my one week delay birthday dinner with some good friends and my favourite music. See you there, sunrise.
  14. I really enjoy this annual Easter gathering with Markie, thanks for organizing the party FT. It was very nice Saturday night sitting around the fire with good friends and Sunrise's beautiful voice. Mr.Wiggles's new hair style is way cool! We missed you, CB...
  15. Thanks CB, Serreche, thursday, sunrise. I was relieved when the doctor said it was a benign tumor called "osteoid osteoma". Actually he apologized that the first doctor couldn't explain about this tumor and said something wrong... It looks like I have a small pingpong ball in my spine. No pain in the daytime but intense pain at night is typical symptom of this tumor. I'm on painkiller now and hoping this pain will disappear after two weeks.
  16. I'm with you, bobby. Old doctors are so useless. The first doctor I visited last week had no confident when he found a tumor in my spine, he was probably over 60years old. He was like, "It looks like benign tumor... but benign tumor can be malignant tumor sometimes..." !! The second doctor was very clear to tell me it was benign tumor. From my experience, second docotor is always better. I could meet two nice doctors after careless treatment by first doctors.
  17. Originally Posted By: TJ OZ you would have to think that an American company will follow an American model. I've skied in Colorado but never skied in Europe. I'd like to know the difference between American model and European model. What's the difference and which model will suit for Hakuba?
  18. Originally Posted By: Mr Wiggles Surprised this has taken so long to make it on here. It was in the nationals back in December. yes, yes...
  19. Congrats, Markie!! I was wondering when you were coming to Hakuba this winter. Too bad your girlfriend/fiancee won't be there with you... I try to be in Hakuba on that weekend to see your happy smile. Sunrise, how's everything going? Can you come to Hakuba with me?
  20. Nice to see you guys had a fun weekend! Dan's sequential photographs look so nice. I was bored in Tokyo... shopping is much less fun than skiing... Thanks for sharing your fun time in Hakuba.
  21. I'm having nice lazy Sunday today, watching Quicksilver Pro from morning. Mick was talking about his broken wrist..., yes he did it in Niseko... but he was pretty good today. Anyway, looks like Dana Brown is ready to release his new film "High Water" finally! http://www.vanssurf.com/highwater/ Originally Posted By: slow Quote: Originally posted by Yamakashi: Step Into Liquid - know I said it but rented it again. Sweet movie! Hey CB, Dana brown was in Tokyo last weekend and I went to the party for his new movie "dust to glory". He was very friendly guy and told us he is filming next one at North Shore unofficially. Can't wait! can't wait!!!
  22. Originally Posted By: Ewok 2 gomen nasai tson and king, i might have snored since i was exhausted.. last week was tough, final adjustment at the end of the fiscal year.(ザ・言い訳 ) thanks cb, i just need some sleep and re-charge myself. ft, what does vaseline do to your nipples? Just curious. It's me... Gomennasa~i, Ewok, Tsonda, King. Was I snoring loud?? I'm so sorry... FT, it was nice to see your happy face again at the lodge. Hiro also looked very happy telling me you had a great day. Thanks for letting me use your shovel and probe, I'll bring a nice bottle of wine next time. Ewok and Tsonda, thanks for giving me a ride. Arigato~
  23. I'm so glad Ewok and Risa are also interested in taking this course! Really looking forward to this weekend!
  24. Mine was the worst... 39-40 degree high fever stayed on me for a week... I was suffering from intense headache and severe chill for three nights in my room even though I was taking medicine the doctor gave me. I was so exausted when I visited to the doctor third time and he told me the symptoms were caused by bronchitis after a blood test and xrays... I had to stay in the hospital, antibiotic and saline drips in the morning and afternoon for five days, was sleeping next to 95years old lady. This is why I missed Hakuba SJ party... This experience made me think about things in my life... I really appreciate doctor, nurses, my parents and friends. However I was so upset about my boyfriend's behavior... I hope you get well soon, SJA.
  25. I have a bad knee from cycling, too. I tried knee supports but didn't work for my knee pain. I use Kinesio taping which my physiatrist gave me when I go bicycling now. (my knee is ok when I ski.) A friend of mine had knee injury from rugby last year and his physio also used Kinesio taping. He had no problem surfing, snowboarding after couple of weeks. You can buy Kinesio tapes from sports stores but there are different ways how to tape, it depends on where your pain comes from. You better go to physio and learn how to use it.


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