Through the tunnel, into the vast area of snow.
There is a place not far from Tokyo. An area of unique snow culture. For a snowboarder it is a place of joy that allows to leave tracks on top of the white surface that storms coming from Japan sea create. This place is Snow Country also known as Yukiguni.
Antti explains: “I have a strong connection to Minamiuonuma. Local guide and city councelor Takumi Nagai is a dear friend and he has been such a big help and a great riding buddy for years. This year Takumi wanted us to come and create an edit on his home turf. It was easy to say yes to that invitation. It was definitely one of the most challenging yet rewarding filming trips in Japan for us. In Minamiuonuma it snows more than any other place I’ve ever been and the snow has this rare moist texture. It feels heavy at times and since we make a lot of follow cams and other moving camera angles this created many challenges. In the end though, it was exactly what created the unique vibe in this film. If you want to ride great powder and no crowds in Japan, then this is the place!¨
In Yukiguni, it’s all about riding deepest powder in Minamiuonuma, Japan. A place that has not been discovered by many foreigners yet.
Directed, Filmed and edited by Iisakki Kennilä
Filmed in Minamiuonuma, Japan
Snowboarding by Antti Autti
Produced by Takumi Nagai and Antti Autti
Still photography Jani Kärppä / Kota Collective
Music: Skip Rope by Vuono
Special Thanks: Muikamachi Hutte, Muikamachi Hakkaisan Ski Area, Kagura Ski Area, Maiko Snow Resort