There’s a gorgeous house nestled amongst birch trees in the foothills of Mt Annupuri, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan. In winter there is sixteen metres of powdery snow each year, in summer and autumn the wind rustles the leaves and the red farmhouse rooves glow in landscapes you’ll know from Miyazaki films. Totoro is around every corner. No matter what time of year it is, the food is amazing.
Luckily for us we now own this house, we’ve started Japanese lessons and are looking forward to spending a lot more time in Japan over the next few years. But we can’t be there all the time.
If you think you might enjoy a holiday in rural Japan, either to explore the eight local ski resorts, cycle the Niseko Classic route, hike in the forests or raft on the rivers, then signing up for our newsletter will make sure you always know what’s going on in Niseko. We’re not planning on sending out heaps of newsletters, we’re hoping to be too busy actually being in Niseko to send out news about it, but occasionally we’ll send you a reminder of what’s going on, just in case you want to factor renting our house into your holidays. You can find more details about the house here or like our Facebook page if you’re that way inclined.
Val and I had a studio guest lined up for this week’s show who, at the last minute, was unable to make it. It’s school holidays and the Flipster had accompanied me to the 3CR studio, so he became our studio guest!
He’s been reluctant to speak when in the studio before and was adamant this time that he didn’t want to say anything, but ended up joining in and by the end of the programme wanted to do it again. We may have started something!
Since the Dutchman and I had recently ridden the Great Victorian Rail Trail with the Flipster over three days, his first bicycle tour, we ended up talking about rail trails and bicycle touring for quite a while. A slight change of programme from what we had originally planned but needs must. And of course all the usual news and events. You can listen to the podcast of the show here.