New short movie released!

A new series for The North Face Japan is now on-line for viewing! Called Mountain Basics, Vol. 1 is focused on Mt Fuji. Locals guides talk about why they love the mountain and what you need to be prepared to hike Japans highest peak. It is very basic information so those who already enjoy trekking and hiking will probably not be interested in the info provided, but there are some nice views of Mt. Fuji and it never hurts to review the basics!

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Smooth and stylish

This is the guy who gave me some of the coolest MC jobs back in the day! At the time he was working for Burton and we did classic events at Tokyo SSAWS indoor resort and the Nippon Open Half Pipe events right after the 98 Olympics and lots more cool stuff. Now he has gone on to create one of the coolest brands to come out of Japan for a long time Visvim. Check him out! Much respect! Nakamura Hiroki.

Hiroki Nakamura of visvim – Building from the Inside Out from Hypebeast on Vimeo.

Gallery is open!

My Instacanvas Gallery is now open and ready for business! Instacanvan.as is a new service that allows people to pick and order photos to be custom printed on canvas in three sizes and shipped directly to your door. Where do the photos come from? Instagram! the popular photo blogging service that Facebook thought important enough to pay a billion dollars for!

I personally think it is important enough to have shot and shared over 3500 photos with the application. It is fun and easy and now I have the opportunity to make some of those photos available for sale in my gallery. I have gone back and selected a bunch of shots that I like from my feed over the last three months. There is a little bit of winter photography, and some more recent shots from my two-week near Mt Fuji and even my trip to Okinawa where I am right now.

I plan to keep this gallery active and fresh and I have some interesting ideas how to utilize it. Check it out directly and bookmark if you like it check back every now and then! Thanks a lot and I hope you enjoy!


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Sapporo to Takamatsu

Always request a window seat! Two flights this morning to get from Sapporo to Takamatsu. That is Hokkaido to Shikoku if you are not familiar with the city names. First flight out of Tokyo was rather un-photogenic with a solid cloud cover most of the way. The second flight from Tokyo to Takamatsu was a fresh site. The multitude of small islands and inlets in this area of Japan is truly amazing.

Amazing mountains

Back in the big city of Tokyo already missing the mountain views of Hakuba and Tsugaike. It was a real pleasure to spend another week of my life in the small mountain town of Tsugaike. We were very lucky with the weather, alternating between sunny and rainy days with an even split right to the end. We ended on a sunny day today. I was able to wake up a little early and go for a walk before breakfast where I snapped a few of these pictures of the surrounding mountains. 3000 meter peaks are hard to get tired of staring at, hope you enjoy as much as I do. Society in general seems to have made the switch to spring and the mountains are pretty empty of people. It is a shame really because this is such a great time to visit the mountain and ski hills. Tickets are cheap, the weather is stable and good and the high peaks are still a beautiful white. Who cares if you don’t ski or board, just go and take the gondola to the top snap a few pictures and have a draft beer like we did at the Hutte on top of Tsugaike! Enjoy the view with a buzz!