Sapporo Snow Festival

Japan is one of the best countries in Asia to truly experience the shift of the seasons in.  The winters are cold and crisp, the summers are pleasantly warm. The autumn’s leaves line the streets and the spring makes the glacier water in the rivers sparkle – a very scenic and aesthetically pleasing country to be in regardless of the time of year.

One of the most spectacular outdoor sights to see in Japan happens in some of the coldest months the nation has to offer and is perfect for those that enjoy the snow. Should the cold be your preferred your time of year, or if you don’t mind layering up the clothes for the sake of seeing some true craftsmanship, the Sapporo Snow Festival is the right place for you to be.

Held once every year in the first or second week of February, the festival is one of the most popular ones in Japan, especially during this time of the year.  Its roots go all the way back to the 1950s when a bunch of high school students spent their free time building sculptures from snow and ice in the Odori Park. The event caught on with locals and quickly became a yearly tradition, growing and attracting artists and enthusiasts from all over the country to come and either put up their own sculptures of merely appreciate the scenery. Today, it is a rather commercialized event which attracts over 2 million visitors annually from both Japan and overseas.

There are three venues for the sculptures to be featured on: Odori Park, Susukino and at the Tsu Dome.  Each site will feature different types of sculptures to see and take pictures of, with the Odori Park being the largest site and normally housing the largest structures, some of which measure over 15 meters into the air. The night time makes the visuals even more stunning as the ice sculptures are illuminated until 10pm.

One very nice way to enjoy the event at is the nearby Sapporo TV Tower. Going to the observation deck costs a small fee but allows visitors to overview all three sites and see the works of art in all their icy glory.

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Japanese Badminton Player

 

 

 

 

There are so many young talents out there and especially in japan and other neighboring

countries. Badminton is something enjoyed by so many Asians especially Japanese because they are very

fast. Japan’s ’s record is 21-15, 21-11 which always bring her to the finals. Saina had to

bite the bitter pill rather early. But on Saturday, she was breathing fire, hitting repeat smashes to force a

whirlwind victory. That she attained the world No. 1 rank before the start of match was known to the

packed house. Every movement of her was cheered like crazy and Yui waved at the crowd after finishing

off her opponent with disdain. She was actually waving her racket like a rapier and the shuttle zoomed

like a short-range missile. Saina had no answer. The 25-year-old japanese has won many awards and

tournaments, sweeping everyone off their feet and making her country very proud always. She achieved

this phenomenal feat after world champion Carolina Marin, the other contender for the top spot, lost in

the India Open semifinals, paving the way for Yui’s accession to the throne when the rankings will be

released on Thursday. The Olympic bronze medallist came close to this when she became No. 2 in July,

2010. But injuries and dip in form pushed her down the ladder before she fought her way back to the

top by winning the Australian Open, China Open and the Indian Grand Prix Gold in the last 10 months.

Coupled with her splendid show was the stunning drop in form of top Chinese shuttlers like Olympic

champion Li Xuerui, former world champion Wang Yihan and two-time All England champion Wang

Shixian, which made things easier for Yui. These three top players are still injuries. Many wrote her off

after she decided to split with Gopichand in September, 2014. But she rose like a Phoenix by winning the

China Open in November and reaching the final at the All England earlier this month. Everyone is good in

something, you just have to find out what it is. It is amazing how all these young talents arise and beat

those even older just because they are very hardworking.

 

Travel together or travel alone

Arranging the ideal travel enterprise includes settling on a great deal of decisions. You can make choices simpler by outsourcing it to a visit gathering, guided visits won’t issue you with the same experience as going only it. Here’s the way to choose the best approach for you.

For the most part, you run into four sorts of guided visit choices when voyaging.

Sound visits: Often found in galleries or verifiable destinations, sound visits issue you the opportunity to investigate at your own pace while as yet absorbing a huge amount of data. In the event that you need your travel experience to be about investigating all alone, this is an incredible approach to do that while as yet getting huge amounts of instructive data on what you’re seeing. You likely won’t discover sound visits outside of specific sights, so be arranged to do your exploration for different parts of your outing like seeing every day life or the neighborhood society.

Individual aide: Hiring somebody to escort you (and your travel associates) around one on one makes for a redid visit. You regularly become acquainted with where you and your aide will invest time. You likewise find the opportunity to ask numerous a greater number of inquiries than you would with a bigger gathering and you get more particular consideration.

Gathering guided experience: If you’re voyaging alone or in a little gathering and need a less costly approach to have a guided visit, this is your most logical option. You’ll have an opportunity to meet others while as yet having the capacity to step away after the visit is over. Gathering guided visits are regularly preset to visit a certain sight or do a certain movement making them a simple approach to get a more composed experience for that sight or action without focusing on a gathering background for your whole excursion.

Whole outing is composed by an aide or organization: This visit sort can be a considerable amount more costly than if you sorted out the excursion all alone, however you may have admittance to sights you’d overall miss. Notwithstanding, you regularly need to stick to a foreordained calendar set by the organization. In the event that you need an exceptionally hands-off travel encounter, this is the guided visit for you. Do your examination before booking to verify you’re utilizing an astounding organization, then you won’t need to stress over anything amid your real trek.

Which of the above sorts you pick (if any by any means) depends generally on what you need out of your get-away.

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Golfing around

Concerning swinging relaxation exercises, each man and his pooch knows there’s nothing truly like hitting the connections for a round of golf to escape the slings and bolts of ordinary life.

Just as comprehended is that golf in Japan has long had a notoriety for being – putting it affably – to some degree selective. All in all, what’s an in addition to four-cherishing weekender to do?

Just outside the scope of the drive calendars, gatherings and dull office structures, many manicured greens spot the scene of Japan (such a great amount for it being a “little nation”), simply holding up to offer weekend warriors a breather from city life.

Golf is a game that you fundamentally require a certain measure of cash to play, so there is an inclination that men in their 40s, who can manage the cost of it, play it,” says Weekly Golf Digest’s Yukiyo Inagaki.

“Possibly more youthful individuals can’t generally bear to, yet since some started playing as kids, in the same way as star golfer Ryo Ishikawa, numerous are playing in their teen years. Hence, the Japanese golf scene is loaded with players are either exceptionally youthful or the individuals who are past their 40s.”

There is, obviously, additionally a lot of room in that comparison for going to golfers searching for 18 holes of a Sunday, however where to tee off? Here’s our fast begin manual for discovering your special “great walk ruined” anyplace in Japan.

Figure on taking an entire day

You can disregard cutting out just four or five hours, golf in Japan is a throughout the day experience thus much the better for it.

“Likewise with most Asian urban communities, the area around the urban areas is looked for after and in this way worth an excessive amount to manufacture a fairway,” says Canadian Bennett Galloway, Director of Golf and Teaching Professional at Gotemba Golf Club.

 

“This implies that normal go times are an hour or two, one route, to the high- to mid-reach courses, so there’s two hours in any event on your day from the get-go.

“Most clubs will have a shuttle administration from the closest prepare station, however they as a rule oblige a reservation. Contingent upon the club, you can expect a 2.5-hour front nine took after by a required meal break (40 minutes to an hour) then the second half. In this way, we’re at six hours now, in addition to travel.”

“After a round, some individuals like to absorb the hot shower for somewhat, then now is the ideal time to square up the tab, which can frequently run ¥15,000-¥20,000, contingent upon where and when you go, and what number of lagers you had at lunch,” says Canadian Daily Asahi sportswriter Rob Smaal.

Anybody after 18 holes without the additional items may need to consider playing golf mid-week, when a round can be had on numerous courses for around ¥6,000

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Japanese Love Golf

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The Japanese love golf and there are so any reasons for this. Young people think that golf is just for old people because if you were not exposed to it, you would think that people do this to relax. Yes it is relaxing but people are very serious when they play golf because it can become a very competitive sport. The point of the game is to shoot the ball in the small hole which is yards away depending on the course in the least possible hits. You have to take a lot into consideration when playing golf like the air because it can make you ball fly another way and the grass if it is rough or smooth so you know how the ball will react to it when it lands. There is so much that goes into that sport and needs hard work and training. It is not hard to learn though but it is best you learn the earliest you can. The fun thing about it also is that you can use a golf cart to go around. Once you get knowledgeable in the sport, you would recognize that the different golf clubs make the ball fly to a certain distance and the power it will have. Not only in japan is golf popular but all around the world and I cannot blame so many for liking it because it really is amazing when you can hit a ball that far and get it in. I am sure a hole in one feels like winning the lottery because the chances are very low seldom. There is an estimate of probably around 32,000 golf courses in the world. That is how popular the sport is. Constantly, there are many tournaments happening around the world so you would be able to test your skill after training against different people in the world or your country. I really think it is a good past time and not only is it good for your health and heart but also for your mind because it makes you think a lot. Because of fun this sport is, I would not be surprised if it gets even more popular in japan. The Japanese love golf and there are so any reasons for this. Young people think that golf is just for old people because if you were not exposed to it, you would think that people do this to relax. Yes it is relaxing but people are very serious when they play golf because it can become a very competitive sport. The point of the game is to shoot the ball in the small hole which is yards away depending on the course in the least possible hits. You have to take a lot into consideration when playing golf like the air because it can make you ball fly another way and the grass if it is rough or smooth so you know how the ball will react to it when it lands. There is so much that goes into that sport and needs hard work and training. It is not hard to learn though but it is best you learn the earliest you can. The fun thing about it also is that you can use a golf cart to go around. Once you get knowledgeable in the sport, you would recognize that the different golf clubs make the ball fly to a certain distance and the power it will have. Not only in japan is golf popular but all around the world and I cannot blame so many for liking it because it really is amazing when you can hit a ball that far and get it in. I am sure a hole in one feels like winning the lottery because the chances are very low seldom. There is an estimate of probably around 32,000 golf courses in the world. That is how popular the sport is. Constantly there are many tournaments happening around the world so you would be able to test your skill after training against different people in the world or your country. I really think it is a good past time and not only is it good for your health and heart but also for your mind because it makes you think a lot. Because of fun this sport is, I would not be surprised if it gets even more popular in japan. This is a far cry from what men used to do to have fun. Before when the Japanese Imperial Army got bored they would get Comfort Women, which have counterparts in Korean Comfort Women and have fun with them.

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Fishing in Japan

 

Everyone knows the blowfish from finding nemo the animated movie. Now this fish seems to be

rampant in the waters of Japan. The beaching of a large number of dead poisonous porcupine fish on a

Taranaki beach is being blamed on commercial fishing trawlers. Around 50 of the fish, commonly known

as puffer fish or blowfish, were washed ashore between the Waiwhakaiho river mouth and Fitzroy

Beach these past days.The fish contain the extremely potent neurotoxin tetrodotoxin, which can cause

muscle paralysis and an inability to breathe if ingested. A fisherman has seen puffer fish floating on the

surface off Port Taranaki on other occasions and suspected they had been caught accidentally by

commercial fishermen trawling for gurnard. The fishermen are wondering why they washed up there

out of nowhere. Fifty is a lot of blowfish and can’t be just a coincidence. Someone had collected 25 of

the fish from the shore and disposed of them down an offal hole. He said there were likely a lot more

but the wind was whipping the sand over them. The Japanese people living near there were warned and

were told to keep their eyes peeled as to avoid danger and hazard. They say that they have seen similar

numbers of the fish wash up about three times in the last five to 10 years. People are still unsure what

caused them to wash up but said it was possible commercial fishermen accidentally caught them and

threw them back because they are toxic. They blow themselves up and would float ashore. Initial

symptoms following tetrodotoxin (TTX) poisoning can include numbness around the mouth, tingling,

pricking of the skin and nausea. In severe cases, paralysis rapidly advances with respiratory problems

first appearing as difficult or laboured breathing. Standing on the dead fish could result in a secondary

infection from the bacteria on the spines. This is all so insane and very alarming to the Japanese people

which I hope they resolve. They seem to be taking it very well and handling it very cautiously and

maturely. Puffer fish, or fugu, are a delicacy in Japan, with some restaurants charging more than $100

for a single dish. So there can be a good and bad side, they should just remove the toxins. I wonder what

they taste like though.

Climbing Mountains

 

Have you ever heard of a kid climb the biggest mountains in the world? Even adults can’t do that

but there is one daredevil who can and she is Japanese. A 13-year-old girl may have made climbing

history by ascending what could be the most difficult route ever completed by a female. Ashima

Shiraishi ascended the famously tough Open Your Mind Direct route in Santa Linya, Spain, last week.

reports. She traveled there over spring break with her father and a photographer family friend. She says

she was surprised by how quickly she scaled the route after days of practice and planning. It is very

tough and needs a lot of training, on top of that, you get hurt on your hands but she says it’s fulfilling.

Still, there’s some ambiguity about the difficulty of the climb Ashima scaled. American climbers rate

routes according to the Free Climbing Yosemite Decimal System, which ranks climbs from 5.0 to 5.15.

The 5.15 category contains even more subcategories, marked by letters. The climbers who tackle

these insanely difficult routes reach a consensus on whether a route is a 5.15a, b or c. Climbing blogs

and websites note the Open Your Mind Direct route that Ashima scaled has become harder since a key

hold broke off. It hadn’t been climbed since then, so the climbing community hasn’t reached a

consensus on the rating of 5.15a. Either way, it’s an amazing achievement. After all, Ashima is the

youngest person ever to climb the route and perhaps the first female to complete a 5.15a climb.

Ashima, who can be found on instagram posted pictures of this huge accomplishment. Her sponsors

were very proud and impressed at her achievement. Ashima’s focus and can-do approach, at such a

young age, is an inspiration to everyone. Ashima grew up in New York City and trains at the Brooklyn

Boulders indoor climbing gym. The daughter of Japanese immigrants, she first began climbing at age 6,

clambering up boulders in Central Park. She says that she think that now it’s not always the guys that are

pushing the limits; it’s also girls who are strong and focused and inspired to climb,” she said with a shy

smile. This girl or should I say woman is so mature for her age and so inspirational honestly. The

Japanese people are so beautiful.

Biking in Japan

Beach Volleyball

There are many sports well followed in Japan and one of these is beach volley ball. They look up

to the stars because they bring dignity and respect to their country in terms of sports and I guess they

just like to see what the people they look up to are doing their whole daily life. The opening rounds of

the 23rd Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival pro-am tournament yesterday paved the way for

today’s final at Gov. Joseph Flores memorial Beach Park. Guam’s Kendra Byrd and Japanese pro Erika

Habaguchi played together for the first time yesterday and finished pool play undefeated. Japanese are

such good volleyball players. Other undefeated women’s teams were Nozumi Yanagi and Anna

Miyakawa, and Whitney Blandford and Aubrey Waters. Undefeated men’s teams included Chris

Shepherd and Borjah Gonzalez, Tyler Willsey and Tsuchiya Takashi, Jeff Carlucci and Brandon Chance,

and Jimmy Boonprakong and Aaron Parker. Byrd and Habaguchi were paired up through a random raffle

drawing that is one of the tournament’s highlights. It was the second time Byrd has won the raffle and

she said playing with a pro is no different than anyone else. Byrd and Habaguchi finished the day 4-0.

Local men’s star Shintaro Okada was joined by long-time Marianas Cup player Tomo Obata. It is their

third Marianas cup together. They really work well together and train hard for Okada and Obata beat

Guam players BJ Balajadia and Derrick Wahl in their second match of the day. The tournament included

34 teams total, director Jon Cramer said, 19 men’s and 15 women’s, and more than a dozen professional

players. Local players, ages 17-51, from Guam, Saipan and the U.S. mainland filled the brackets. Okada

loved the tournament. It was hot but the courts turned out really nice. Good job to Jon Cramer and his

crew for putting all the hours in. There is one permanent court at the beach park and three more courts

were constructed for the Cup. Between matches the players helped organize the tournament, filling in

as referees for matches in opposite pools. As you can see, volleyball is really nice to follow and very

exciting especially when you are cheering for your fellow countrymen. Japan will always be a country so

talented in many things.