Numerous snow sculptures can be found throughout the resort. Here's Hello Kitty, by Line A entrance. If you look hard enough, you'll also find Thousand Sunny, the ship from Once Peace and Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture.
3rd day of low temperatures and real cold winter here at Hakuba village. The trails have frozen a bit but the afternoon sun should help us out a bit. Right, sun?
Newcomers on Route 8 coming from Goryu. It certainly takes some courage to climb to the top of the resort as a beginner. Slow and steady guys, no hurry! Routes 7 and 8 are a great starting point for beginners. Especially down route 8, the view is simply breathtaking.
Setsubun, the end of winter in the Japanese traditional calendar falls on the February 3rd this year which is tomorrow. Because that is a Monday, we decided to hasten things a bit and perform the bean scattering ceremony...today! The bean scattering ceremony's aim is to fend off evil spirits and invite good fortune for the new year.
But what's that?! There's an ogre walking around in plain daylight! We haven't finish the ceremony at that point yet, that probably why.
“There's an ogre about! Get him!” Upon hearing those words, the kids rushed out and threw the beans at the ogres. The base area felt like a war zone with no place to hide; beans flying from every direction!
In a surreal twist, a few monsters were kind enough to distribute sweets themselves! How nice of them.
Today at Hakuba 47 we had a number of students from the local middle school for a work experience session. Putting their English skills to use, they served and sold tickets to foreign visitors. The work was challenging but I think it was a very educational day them for them.
Over at Pizza Restaurant Luis, students were prepaing the dough for the pizza. I wonder how often they help out in such a way at home... Definitely not a everyday experience! The students were seems slightly nervous, having to work in front of customers. After making a few pizzas however, they had not trouble what so ever.
We meet a lot of fantastic people here at Hakuba 47 from all over Japan and the world. Here are two lovely ladies from Tokyo. Thank you for posing!