Somehow it is the middle of February already! We've lost track of time as we've been teaching ski and snowboard lessons all over resorts in Yuzawa and Snow Country, and when not doing that, enjoying the masses of snow that has fallen this year.
Anyway, mid-February means that it is time for the Tokamachi Snow Festival this weekend (17-19 Feb 2017) - one of the highlights of the winter festival scene in Snow Country. With all the snow this year it promises to be quite a spectacle and Tokamachi is buzzing right now with preparations for this weekend.
The Tokamachi Tourist Association have been hard at work putting loads of good information into English, so if you are going, you can find that all here. We'd recommend grabbing a map and having a wander around. There is plenty to see and do within walking distance of the station. Head over to the Festival ground for some tasty food and local sake, and if you are there on Saturday night the Snow Carnival is not to be missed. The fireworks over the main stage built of snow were some of the best we have ever seen.
Prepare to be amazed.