Watch Picker

The Hokkaido Fashion Web was nice enough to include me in a watch feature that was featured on the web site from 9/26 Check it out here.

I choose my Nike+ sports band to introduce of course. Still having a blast with that system, in fact I have a challenge going on with 4 other people in Tokyo including designer Etsu. We are neck and neck right now at 60klm each, but there is still a month left. It is getting harder to run everyday now as the weather gets colder! I am thinking of getting a pair of cross country skis to replace the running in the winter! Will try to keep running until the end of October.

The North Face slide show

About a month ago I sat down and made a special slideshow for The North Face. You can now watch the slide show along with two others by Tochi Sato and Ali on the SBN web site. They have a section with digital on line catalogs from most of the major snow brands in Japan. This year the North Face decided to just present this slide show image instead of the on line catalog. The music is an original piece by my old friend from right here in Sapporo Kuniyuki. Check out the slide show here. Or go to the SBN web page for all the digital catalogs here.
A couple of frame grabs from the slide show. If your bandwidth is not so large you might have a slow connection when viewing. In a day or so I will try to put this slide show up on YouTube as well.



New project on deck

The rumored about, Burton AK movie has finally hit my editing desk! This weekend started working on the first rough cut of the promo movie for Burton Japan. Uemura and Takamasa came by on Saturday and again today to help with the editing process. We started with about a little more than an hour of footage and now have in down to 13 minutes. The footage was all shot on a Sony HD camera, beautiful stuff. When finished it is going to be a cool piece, will keep you posted as to where you will be able to get a copy.


Some new Volcom gear came in recently including this sweatshirt. Walked into the restaurant wearing the mask like that, staff didn’t think it was too funny. Don’t wear that sweatshirt into a bank unless you want to see the inside of a Japanese prison.

Business cards

After over ten years without a business card I finally caved into the global pressure and had a few hundred made for me by Etsu! Now that I have them I am looking forward to giving a few away! Had a chance yesterday, but I actually forgot to take some with me when I left the house. Will be hard to get into the habit of carrying cards again, it has been a long time!

Check out my job title! “Multi-Tool”

More snow shots

More snow shots in my inbox this morning! Wish I was out there checking it out myself!
First shot from Nakagawa Shinya who is out near Asahidake for his guide schooling course right now. This shot is from the area above the gondola station at the top. Quite a bit of snow there!

Next shot from Key Photo who was out in Tokachi area for a photo shoot. Amazing fall colors at the high elevation there! Great shots guys, thanks!

A new standard

I think we set a new standard for Sapporo snowboard movie showings two night ago!  The Car Danchi 3 premium showing at Moerenuma park inside the glass pyramid was even better than I had hoped!  Thanks to everyone who turned out, really great crowd.  A lot of people I have known over the years showed up and it was nice to feel the support from the home crowd!  The location was fantastic, the band Music Wave put on a nice performance at sunset for about 40 minutes before the movie.  Their music seemed to fit perfectly with the location.  Also thanks to Key Photo for the great slide shows before and after the movie.  That really helped set the mood along with the DJing from Sebastien!  Sold quite a few DVD’s and t-shirts and everyone seemed real happy on the way out, so I going to call it a big success!

The above shot is at the beginning of the film, the camera picking up a little light left in the sky just afte 6 pm.

A closer view and below the crowd. Thanks to Imamu Noguchi for designing such a nice park and pyramid before he passed away, r.i.p.

Already looking forward to next years showing, hopefully we can use this spot again.  If you don’t want to wait until next year, you can check out the Icon 6 premier coming up at the same location on 10/11!  Thank again for coming!

Now for another announcement! Car Danchi 3 will be showing together with Icon 6 on 10/13 in Furano! This was just decided a few days ago, thanks to Kenya-san for the invitation! So if you are living out that way or further easy come and join us for an evening of powder and freeriding both snowboard and ski! Check the image below for more details!