gallery updated

I added a bunch of new pictures to my gallery and found out that they have made some big changes there. First the shipping rates have come down again, now $9 flat rate anywhere in the world! Wow that is certainly within reach now for those of us outside the USA! They also have some new products besides the simple canvas prints that were offered until now. Framed photos and a cool new type called the Prism! Looks pretty cool. Be the first one to order one!


TNF Fukuoka store opens

New store location for The North Face in Fukuoka opens today. Great new store on the same street as Beams, ABC Mart, Patagonia etc., in the Tenjin area. 2F design with all the core North Face gear. Check it out when you have a chance and I am sure I will be back soon with some related event.

good showing

Thanks to everyone who came out for the “This Is My Winter” showing at TNF Harajuku.  It was a great crowd and it was fun to meet and talk with a lot of snow loving people.  The reaction to the movie was great, it is certainly impressive to watch it on a big screen.  We will be doing only two more showings, at Appi on the 28th and in Niseko on the 18th of February.  Hope to see you there!  If you can’t make it please check in out on your computer screen!


Car Danchi Christmas gift!!!

Still looking for a stocking stuffer or gift for that snow loving friend? Want to get something unusual and hard to find in North America? Does your friend babble on about Powder lines, Japan, and sleeping in Cars? Then this is the perfect gift! A copy of the latest edition from the “Car Danchi” series!

Car Danchi NO.5 is now on sale in the USA. There is still time to get one before Christmas! Order your copy today from Outdoor-nut

Until now if you wanted a copy of Car Danchi in the USA or Canada you either had to fly to Japan to get one or resort to less than legal mean to procure a hard copy. Well finally we have made things easier and don’t have to feel guilty about hitting that download button! Buy it from the source! The Official Car Danchi store for North America. Car Danchi NO.5 is the only movie on sale right now, but stay tuned as we are looking to add more product soon including previous editions of the movie and more.

Length: 45 minutes and some secret bonus!

Price: $35.00

Sold through the Outdoor-nut in North America

Haruki Takeuchi
Hayato Doi
Hideki Takeda
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Katsushi Matsui
Kazushi Yamauchi
Ken Shibuya
Masanori Takeuchi
Motoki Shimomura
Shinya Nakagawa
Shunsuke Hoshino
Takaharu Nakai
Takaku Tomoki
Takamasa Imai
Yoshinari Uemura
Yuusuke Mino
Yuta Kiyohara
Yuta Kobayashi
Yuu Nishiyama
& Terje

The Music featured in the movie is all produced by Japanese or artists residing in Japan. From straight funk, to more ambient tracks every track is one you will want to include in your library.

Music by: Hiroshi Fujiwara, Higashida Tomohiro, Kuniyuki Takahashi, DJ Sebastien aka Seboo, L.E.D., 9dw, KINGDOM AFROCKS, Pampas Field Ass Kickers

Keep your engines running, we are keeping the dream alive! The ultimate snowboarding lifestyle powder movie is back, after a two-year recharge! In this year 2011 even natural disasters and nuclear meltdowns could not stop this crew of determined dreamers. We drove, found and filmed the best powder spots in Japan, and we want to share it with you. A snowboard movie like no other, showcasing the “Art of the turn” in glorious powder definition, enjoy 50 minutes of winter bliss, and keep on dreaming!

The Car Danchi series is always filmed at the best backcountry and side country locations around Japan. The famous spots like Niseko and Nagano are covered, but we also try to find new and unknown backcountry locations. This season we found some great spots in Niigata while cat boarding, Asahidake and even some great spring riding in Niseko’s Annupuri area.

Locations: Niseko, Furano, Asahidake, Tazawako, Hakuba, HakkodaTomamu

Car Danchi on sale in North America

The moment many have been waiting and asking for is finally here! Car Danchi NO.5 is now available for sale on-line in the USA! If you live in North America and want to get a copy of my latest film effort, please follow the link below and throw one in your shopping cart!

I have been making Car Danchi movies for the last 7 years and until now they have never been on sale in the USA. It was always too difficult to find a distributor and shipping directly from Japan was way too expensive. Thanks to my younger brother taking on the challenge to take and ship orders we can now make a limited number available, so get one quick!

Follow this link!

Tateyama SLR photo selections

A few photos from my day and a half in Tateyama. These photos were shot with my new D7000 and processed with Aperture. All the earlier blog posts I made below were directly from my iPhone.

No it is not graffiti, just helping people find their way to the top when the fog gets thick.

Still a lot of snow up there, but the locals told us less than there was at the same time last year.

There were at least 6 or 7 snow crossings on the path up to Oyama.  Felt great to be back on snow again.  I did a little shoe boarding on the way down, nice to get that sliding feeling, even if only for a moment.

Small shrines are all over the mountain, some are probably hundreds of years old.

Local Toyama elementary school kids hiking down from the peak.  Had to wait close to ten minutes in some spots for the traffic jam to pass!  Great to see these kids hiking this kind of big mountain.

Shrine at the peak.

Decided to start my pin badge collection.

Feeling very purified now!  Ready to get back home and start editing the new Car Danchi 5.

A look at the Shizuoka TNF store

Lets take a look at the new TNF store in Shizuoka.  Was really impressed with Shizuoka and the people there.  The city has a countryside feel and the buildings are not the newest, but the streets and properties are clean.  Yards are kept up and even old buildings seem to be maintained with some care and loving.  I am so used to Hokkaido, which looks like a ghost town junkyard.  Nice to see people have some pride in their community.

The crowd who gathered for the reception was also very nice.  Fashionable, young, friendly and stoked to see the new shop.  They seemed fascinated to watch Kuniyuki performing live.  He did a 30 minute performance where he creates a song live starting with stuff that he found in the store.  A gourd, a cup etc.,  He samples the sounds and creates an original song out of that.  Amazing to watch.  If you really want to see what it sounds like you can watch the live performance on my Ustream channel.  I broadcast part of the performance live from my iPhone.  I like the way you can broadcast live now with smart phones, and I think I am going to start doing that a lot more, so stay tuned.

I will have some shots from the reception and live performance up tomorrow, but for now enjoy some shots of the shop.  The second floor is a cafe and book store called 223 Cafe.

Good luck to the staff and crew. I hope to visit the store again soon!