Something about the snow gave us an undeniable rush of enjoyment
that only cold weather can bring.
Recently, my family and I were lucky enough to have some time to take a trip to Japan.
The Land of the Rising Sun isn’t new territory for the Norwoods, but this particular trip brought back a love for weather that I haven’t felt in nearly a decade.
Snow, football games and White Christmases were commonplace for me growing up in the United States. But the demanding basketball schedule has limited our travel during this particular time of year for some time now. When the opportunity came to head to Hokkaido (in the Northern part of Japan), we leapt at the chance.
Sapporo is the northern-most city of Japan. In December the city is usually covered in snow, and we thoroughly enjoyed the first sight of everything blanketed in white. One of the best things about Sapporo was the abundance of nature close to the city. Even simply walking around parks was a huge delight for our kids.
With our youngest, Idris at Odori Park, Sapporo.
These two made snow angels everywhere.
Niseko is a beautiful town towards the northern part of Hokkaido Island, near the dormant volcano of Mount Yotei. Major ski centers like Grand Hirafu occupy the slopes of Mount Niseko-Annupuri. The surrounding mountains are dotted with numerous hot spring resorts, known as onsen. Niseko is known to have the best snow in the world. Our kids got a chance to learn how to ski for the first time, and are already looking forward to going back.
Cassius couldn't get enough of tubing at the Kids Park, Hirafu, Niseko.
Orion learning how to ski with a GoSnow Niseko instructor.
There is something about getting wrapped up in layers of clothes, seeing snowflakes falling from the sky, and the genuine joy that is put on your family’s faces. Instantly, I was transported back to my childhood, to a time and place that I didn’t even know I missed.
Sledding was always something I enjoyed during US East Coast winters -- and our boys took to it instantly.
Being able to share this aspect of love from my past allowed me to make memories and bonds with my family that can never be replaced.
Being able to find new experiences to enjoy with my wife, Lei,
was a highlight of our trip.
All snuggled up, Idris was in his element.