By Peter-Paul de Meijer

Although we already got acquainted with sushi and the headaches that will typically come with the consumption of fermented Japanese rice brew a few days earlier, our journey begins in Amsterdam. It is early March and the three of us feel privileged, yet at the same time we cope with feelings the early explorers must have had travelling to distant places not knowing who and what to expect along their ways.

Our destination is the Hakuba Valley in the Northern Alps of the Nagano Prefecture on Japan’s main island Honshu. Backpack manufacturer f-stop is hosting a photo competition and we have been selected as their European representatives.