Car Danchi 7 package design revealed!

Time to show everyone the package design for the new edition of Car Danchi. Big thanks to my favorite designer Etsu! Check out her site Etsu Lab for more great work. She knows what I like and always comes up with a great package design for me. NO exception this year!

The rider on the cover is Ken Shibuya who lives in Tsugaike, Nagano, Japan and rides for Voltage snowboards! His first time on the cover with a classic layed out heel side turn.

The photos for both the front and back were shot by Key Sato long time friend and compadre here in the Hokkaido snow scene! Check out his site and FB for more regular updates!

Don’t forget the DVD goes on sale 9/20 here in Japan and iTunes around the world shortly after!

7th Gear package design

7th Gear package design


Car Danchi 7 teaser released!

Check it out a new edition of my Car Danchi movie series is going to be hitting stores on the 20th of September 2013 and then iTunes a little bit after that!

“Hang on we are about to reach warp speed!”
“We are in 7th gear and there is no turning back now! The 7th edition of the Car Danchi winter lifestyle series takes you on a trip deep into the powder of Northern Japan. The Danchi crew grows with new additions from our European family joining the free ride sessions, and the bottomless powder does not disappoint with one of the biggest snow seasons on record. Keep your seat belts on for this high-speed powder ride as we take the art of the turn into 7th gear and beyond.”

The 7th edition of the Car Danchi series come with another incredible music selection featuring some of Japan’s best techno, deep house and future Jazz along with an international selection of Hip Hop, acoustic rock and funk. If this wasn’t a snowboard movie it could be a compilation mix album!

Featured artists:
EPICK, L.E.D., Flare aka Ken Ishii, Kuniyuki Takahashi, INO hidefumi, Clare Means
Clint Lapointe, Charles Rangel, Seboo

ニール・ハートマンがプロデュースする全世界待望の車団地シリーズ最新作「Car Danchi 7th GEAR」が遂に動き出した!!日本のフリーライディング、スノーサーフィンといった質の高いライディング・シーンはもちろん、ライダー達のライフスタイルを追いかけたドキュメンタリー・ムービーの勢いは今年も止まらない。

今回の最新作では、ヨーロッパの団地メンバーAntti AuttiやAlvaro Vogelといったライダーも参加し、北海道の道北でディープ・パウダー・トリップの模様を収録。また現在のスノーボード・シーンで注目を集めている、日本のフリー・ライダー清原勇太や小林優太の熱いバックカントリーの攻めや、長年、Car Danchi住民になっているお馴染みの山内一志、中川伸也、見野雄祐らの、気持ちいいライディング・スタイルも収録。

加えて今回の作品に使用されているニールのこだわりのセレクションというサウンドトラックが、作品に絶妙なエッセンスを加えている。日本のテクノDJ KEN ISHIIのニュー・プロジェクト「FLARE」からのエレクトリック・グルーヴや、INO hidefumi、L.E.D.、Kuniyuki Takahashiのジャジー・スタイル。そして今回、アメリカのアンダーグランド・アーティストで、EPICK、Clint Lapointe、Charles Rangelらも参加。

独自の世界を世界に向けて更に加速するCar Danchi!!観たら滑りたくなるスノーボード&スキー・ムービー、それがCar Danchi!!


中川伸也、清原勇太、渋谷謙、小林優太、山内一志、見野雄祐、石川寛文、増田塁揮 、吉野”ヤット”康人、奥村幸司、Antti Autti、Alvaro Vogel、Tyler Chorlton、植村能成、Paul Vanderheiden a.k.a Boarder-san、下村基樹 、土井隼人

DVD Distribution and inquiries:

〒150-0047 東京都渋谷区神山町2-10 吉田Yビル3F
TEL: 03-6273-2686 / FAX : 03-3468-2658
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2-10 3F Kamiyamacho Shibuya-ku Tokyo Japan 150-0047
TEL: 03-6273-2686 / FAX : 03-3468-2658
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Package cover photo: Key Photo
Rider: Ken Shibuya
Package Design: etsu

Still Life new story online

In February I had the chance to stay at the Onsen House in Chisei and shoot with HF and crew for a few days! Amazing snow, perfect lodging, nice food, and a hot spring that empowers the body! Check out the double slide show of photos from the trip after the link!

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Niseko Onsen House! For the powder hunter

In the post below I introduced my new project with the Weiss hotel and how I decorated the lobby and lounge with my photos. The Weiss hotel is a great place to stay if you are looking for someplace affordable and fairly convenient to Hanazono and the new, soon to start Cat Boarding tour service offered by Niseko’s legendary guide company N.A.C

Today I want to introduce a lodge/rental house that is a grade above, a space that will surely please the powder hunters out there. If you are coming to Niseko with a tight-knit group of say 4 to maybe 9 people and you want to be right at the ultimate location for deep deep powder and close access to backcountry riding in Niseko, this is the place to reserve. Simply named “Onsen House”, I stayed for one night to check it out myself and I have to say I wanted to move in and live there! Located within walking distance of Chisei Nupuri, this is a classic Hokkaido house that has been converted by the new owner just this year. Roomy with vintage Hokkaido mountain stylings, it has been updated perfectly to be a ski/snowboard friendly house. Drying spaces, amazing natural hot springs that can easily fit four people at a time, wood stove, counter kitchen, huge fridge, comes with a Land Rover to use while you stay, great art on the walls, and lots more.

Chisei Nupuri is a very small resort, in fact the word resort is not right. Ski hill is more appropriate. About 20 to 30 minutes drive from the Hirafu village center, Chisei is at a higher elevation on the road to Goshiki Hot Springs, the end of the road during winter time. It is the starting place for hiking Iwaonupuri and maybe other classic Niseko lines. With only one hooded three-man lift it does not seem like much, but I can tell you I have had some life changing powder experiences at Chisei. If fact I am not going to say much more about it because I would rather keep it a local secret! It is that good.

If you do stay at the Onsen House and you want to have a special backcountry experience I highly recommend using the services of one of the many talented guide companies in Niseko. I personally recommend Powder Company guides. I have taken several tours with them in the Chisei area and those guys have that area mastered! Maximum pow with minimum walking!

So check out the photos I took, them check out the official website for the Onsen House, then get your reservation in, this place with book out pretty fast!

A bear cub to welcome you

A bear cub to welcome you

Hokkaido made art

Hokkaido made art

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Counter kitchen modeled by my girls

Counter kitchen modeled by my girls

Great views

Great views

Vintage wood

Vintage wood

Classic Hokkaido stylings

Classic Hokkaido stylings

Hot Springs in the house!

Hot Springs in the house!

I am ready to get back out there just looking at these pictures. Don’t forget to check the Onsen House website for some high quality photos and more details about the property. See you out there!

Creager web update

You have to check out Thomas Creagers website! He was in Japan recently with the True Colors crew for their yearly “Car Danchi2 trip. This year I was unable to meet any of the crew, but Shinya did a good job of guiding them around and it looks like they had a great trip. Creager stayed on a week extra to shoot some more photos, landscape and portrait stuff. He takes some amazing photos and I highly recommend bookmarking his website for future reference! Thanks for coming over Thomas and hope to meet you in person next year!

Big thanks, Big snow

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to wish me a happy Birthday on Facebook and with emails and phone calls!  It was a really nice birthday and it feels pretty good to be 40 and still snowboarding and doing what I love!  Thanks to all for the support!

It has been a crazy busy start to a new year both for me personally and for the world at large.  It has been dumping snow here in Hokkaido non-stop!  We are having the biggest winter in 30 years and it is an incredible thing to be witness to.  The snow banks keep piling higher and I am wondering where we will be putting the snow in a months time.  We are running out of spots already here in my neighborhood.  The snowboarding conditions are needless to say all time.

This week I was shooting all over, Niseko, Rusutsu, and even in the zones near my house.  Here is a little gallery selection of shots from my iPhone, enjoy!

TNF Weekend Highlife

THE NORTH FACE Weekend Highlife tour is back for 2012!  I will be joining the tour as official photographer so I hope you can join us to ride some powder in Niseko!  Tomoki and the TNF Snow team will be leading the tour so you know we will be riding in the best spots!  Hope to see you there!





開催日時 2012年2月17日(金)~19日(日) 2泊3日

3-6人部屋利用の場合 59,800円
2人部屋利用(希望)の場合 63300円

宿泊予定 ニセコノーザンリゾート・アンヌプリ
048-1511 北海道虻田郡ニセコ町字ニセコ480-1

参加資格 ゲレンデをスムーズにライディングできるスノーボーダー、スキーヤーの男女(バックカントリー入門者可)

募集定員 30名(最小催行人員10名)

参加予定ライダー 高久智基、小松吾郎、豊田貢、下村基樹、その他

午前8時頃羽田空港集合、航空機にて札幌 千歳空港へ。千歳空港より送迎車にてニセコへ。 到着後フリーライド(*リフトパス別料金)

19:30より「This Is My Winter」上映会、パーティーを開催致します。

朝食前 特別営業のリフトでTNFライダーとファーストトラックセッション。朝食後フリーライド(*リフトパス別料金)

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