To catch the first sunbeam!       日の出を山頂で迎え、ノートラック・バーンを滑って気持ち新たに  

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Today Okushiga Kogen Hotel had organized another amazing sunrise snowcat tour!  At 5:45 AM all gathered guests after the glass of fresh orange juice hit the road with the snowcat truck to conquer the mountain!

今朝の奥志賀高原はいつもと少し違って、朝の5時45分にホテル前に、白い息を吐きながら身を寄せ合うように人が集い、重たい睫毛をこすりながらオレンジジュースを飲んでいました。

向かう先はゴンドラ山頂、それもスノーキャット(圧雪車)に乗って。

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In Japanese tradition, the Sun is the symbol of Goddess Amaterasu, who is one of the most important gods in Japanese pantheon. That is why, apart from aesthetic considerations, catching the first sunbeam of the day has a very spiritual value. It is even more sacred to watch the sunrise from the mountain on the first day of New Year or from the holy mountain of Japan: Fuji-san.

朝日と聞いて、どんな匂い、色、風を想い出しますか。地球がもう一回りすることを告げる夜明けは、気持ちを新たにする力を持ち、新年は日の出を拝んだりします。

まだ優しい光を浴びながら、ノートラックのゲレンデを滑った後の心持ちは、唯一無二の想い出となって、貴方のこれからを見守ることでしょう。

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On the viewpoint up on the Yakebitai mountain guests had a chance to look up to the stunning view of rising sun above Shiga Kogen cordillera, drink hot chocolate and take photos.

あたたかいココアを飲みながら、少しずつ色づいていく景色。

時間の経過が染み込んでゆく瞬間。

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After the lofty moment of the passing sunrise, guests had a unique pleasure to shred the first corduroy tracks on the expert or forest run.

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Really nice way to start a day, am I right?

そんな一日の始め方も、悪くないですね。

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