Hakuba has become an international shred destination over past few years. We don't need to say much more about the joys of the powder so here are Japan Grabs Travels tips for making the most of Hakuba - the little things to make the difference...
The Tenjin Banked Slalom is the highlight of the snowboard calendar in Japan for many, and a sure test for all the riders taking its turns. The winner from the Men's and Women's Open races claims a well-earned entry spot in the Mt. Baker LBS, and the event acts as a celebratory meeting of the snowboard tribes in Japan.
The Mountain Wave event is a grassroots snowboarding gathering that is a fixture on the Hakuba calendar for fun times. Snowskate or snowboard, the wallride session went off and will be back again in April for more...
Ayumu Hirano's battle with Shaun White in the Olympic final has captured mainstream media attention in Japan, and ignited the perennial style versus technicality debate in the online armchair judges of the snowboard community. Louie Vito addresses the topic in this edit from the new Japanese superpipe in the far north of Japan
The Freeride World Tour 5-star event in Hakuba had to be cancelled last week... due to too much snow! Holding any kind of ski or snowboard competition is putting yourself at the mercy of the weather, and a freeride competition doubly so.
Japan Grabs was at the recent launch party for Yoshiro Higa's new photobook, '1994: The Path To Genesis'. The respected lensman has put together a beautiful photobook chronicling the formative years before the birth of Gentemstick in 1998, when 'Gentem' founder Taro Tamai and friends were on a mission to explore new zones in Japan and abroad.
Korua Shapes are back with their latest release from their highly rated Yearning for Turning series called Carve Oddity. As usual, they seem to raise the bar for follow-cam edits with some gripping POV video work.