Friday food treat: Food vans in Hirafu

Food vans in downtown Hirafu

Food vans in downtown Hirafu

Hirafu village is the main hub for the Niseko United resort area. Apart from snowsports businesses, it hosts a range accommodation from hostels to deluxe penthouses and food outlets with restaurants, cafes and bars offering eastern and western food and beverage menus. Then there are the food vans!

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The spirit of Christmas in Niseko

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Photo credit – Les Anderson via

Christmas in a ski resort. First thoughts – expensive food and drink menus? Yes, probably. Every restaurant was booked out – since August! Behind the scenes though, there were other things afoot proving the Christmas spirit was alive and well in the Niseko region.

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Thoughts about holidays …

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Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.
~ Evelyn Glennie

Friday food treat: Sake


We cannot visit Japan without trying some sake. There is a lot to know about it too – how to serve it, how to drink it and how it is made. One thing we already know – is how to enjoy it!

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Thoughts about perfection

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Photo credit – Aaron Burden via

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Three essentials for a healthy brain

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Photo credit – Everton Vila via

We all know the things that make for good physical health, but do we know what is required for our brain’s well-being? Actually, the components aren’t all that different.

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What is the value of an education?

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Photo credit – David Cantelli via

I was at the gym recently, just doing my thing, and listening to the conversation between some young people around me. What I heard was that someone had finished a degree but had no job in the area. (My guess – taking a gap year in Niseko!) There were exchanges about degrees and their value. I suggested that it was something no one could take away from them. And further, that it was evidence that they knew how to learn. It made me think though – what is the real value of education?

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