Sunday, January 2, 2011


Winter is very late to arrive in northern Japan this year. We've gotten some snow in Misawa now, but nothing big. The mountains nearby are doing a little bit better, but there are still some ski resorts that haven't been able to open and every weekend we hope rain won't come in and melt away the few precious centimeters there are. What's up?! It's January!

Anyway, Corey has been a couple of times, and I joined in for my first trip on Thursday. We went to Okunakayama, which is my favorite place because it has a nice big bunny slope (where I spend most of the day). The weather was gorgeous and although the mountain was pretty crowded, we all had a good time.

Corey's gotten SUPER into snowboarding and is dedicated to working his skill-level up. I, on the other hand, have more of a recreational attitude towards the sport (aka, I stink and don't particularly have a great desire to improve). I definitely enjoy it, but my favorite part is being on the mountain and taking in the views. I'd really prefer to just stay on the top of the mountain and take pictures all day, but I guess that's really not the point (plus, there's no way I'd bring my dslr up with me so I'm left with point-and-shoot photography which isn't nearly as fun).

Corey's leaving tomorrow for boy's snowboarding trip up to Hokkaido. Three or four days of non-stop snowboarding... sounds like fun (for him)!

1 comment:

LizzyB said...

I JUST went snowboarding too in Whistler, Canada! Yesterday, New Years Eve. I'm so like you, I like to do it about 1-2 a year and I'm not really motivated about the whole thing. Pretty pics even from a normal camera though. Good luck Corey!