Line Traveling Circus does Japan
Over the course of Line Traveling Circus' two-week trip to Japan, they skied urban features at college campuses, in parks and at multiple playgrounds. Japanese playgrounds have features you can't find in the U.S., like long tunnels that resemble drainage sewers, random cement sculptures of all shapes and sizes and massive metal slides. Here Cole Drexler grinds a baseball scoreboard in Nagano, Japan
Ikenotaira Snow Park
After a few days of urban features, the group gave their hiking and shoveling muscles a break and drove to Ikenotaira ski area. The park is one of the best in Japan and offers long laps with many rail features as well as entertaining chairlift Japanese pop music.
On the first skiing day of the trip, they found themselves on top of Mount Zaō in the northern part of the main island of Japan. Mount Zaō lies on the boarder of Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures and is famous for its snow and ice covered trees known as "snow monsters." They skied over, under and through as many snow covered obstacles as possible.
The snow monkey park near Nagano was definitely a highlight of the trip with over 100 monkeys running around hot springs swimming, chasing each other and acting almost completely oblivious to the many tourists taking photos of them. When you get too close to them, they open their eyes very wide and make a threatening face to let you know.
The Akihabara District of Tokyo is famous for its electronics stores and Japanese cartoon art. Picture an Anime-themed Super WalMart crossed with Spencer's gifts and decorated with 15-member Japanese girl band photos.
Playgrounds in Japan have many strange features. Here, Garrett Russell managed to make use of these S-curving cement cylinders with a few tries. This particular park also had giant cement tunnels and ledges that resembled terrain park boxes.
After visiting Mount Zaō, they drove to the coastal city of Sendai. A week before, along with much of the main island, Sendai had received an abnormally large snowstorm. They hoped to hit some street features, but unfortunately they were a few days late and only small snowbanks remained.
Sendai Fish Market
Instead of trying to scrape together melting snowbanks in Sendai, the group decided to visit the fish market. This woman insisted they try her fresh raw octopus. "I was very pleasantly surprised and even had seconds," says Will Wesson.