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The Snow Life | Gerringong Family Lifestyle Photographer

Well post holiday come down is hitting hard right now after such an amazing trip to the snowfields of Japan. Nozawa Onsen, just a short trip on the bullet train out of Tokyo, is a little town with a lot to offer. A cultural treat with more than just snow sports to boast, the little village is well known for it’s public bath houses spotted throughout the streets. If you’re feeling self conscious about stripping off and having a soak with the locals and fellow tourists, you can pack the speedos and head to SpaRena where they have hot pools for the whole family to enjoy, which is very relaxing at the end of a day of snowboarding. 

There is an array of restaurants to enjoy with everything from pizza to burgers, yakitori and ramen or our favourite Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancakes), but be sure to book at least a day in advance as the restaurants book out quickly. A special shout out for the Mt Dock Gondola Cafe, located behind the ticket box at the Nagasaka Gondola, great coffee and the ladies there were super lovely!

There is plenty to do on rest days, with half day trips to see the snow monkeys on offer (quite an extraordinary experience to see monkeys soaking in steaming natural spa baths, hold on to your belongings though, they have expensive taste leaning towards iPhones and point and shoot cameras) or the sushi restaurant in Iiyama is worth a visit just to have your meal delivered on a mini bullet train.

I have so many photos from our wonderful family holiday, so here is a snippet of snow life in Nozawa.


The Hustle and Bustle of Tokyo | Gerringong Family Lifestyle Photographer

What an exciting time. Tokyo would have to be up there in my favourite places of the world. I’ve been to Japan four times, but this time, travelling with a 2 year old that can finally appreciate and start to understand some of the excitement going on around him, it has been amazing!

The thing I love most about Japan is how authentic it is, they don’t sell out to the tourist drive that so many countries do. English is very limited and there is fun to be found in fumbling through conversations in broken English, the few Japanese words I know and then resorting to gestures and hand signals. The Japanese are effortlessly cool, a vibrant city that is happening 24 hours a day, where you can easily get lost in the crowd and spend days on end people watching.

One of the highlights of our visit to Tokyo has been a trip to the Sumo wrestling. So many passionate Japanese people of all ages cheering hard for the men as they wrestle, slap and push each other out of the ring. While we didn't understand a lot of what was going on, it was impossible to not get swept up in the excitement and pick a wrestler to cheer for in each match. 

Our Tokyo stint has come to an end, but the adventure continues in the snowfields at Nozawa Onsen, so stay tuned! 

Tokyo by night

Tokyo by night

Shinjuku Golden Gai area, well worth the eye opening visit

Shinjuku Golden Gai area, well worth the eye opening visit

The Golden Gai area feels like a movie set. The bars are so small they only fit 3-5 people

The Golden Gai area feels like a movie set. The bars are so small they only fit 3-5 people

The food! Who could forget the amazing Japanese food!

The food! Who could forget the amazing Japanese food!

The kid loves a gyoza

The kid loves a gyoza

Christmas, Santa, Bribery and a 2 Year Old | Gerringong Family Lifestyle Photographer

Another Christmas and festive period is done, but this year was a special one for me. While this was the third Christmas that my little boy Darcy has been here for, it was definitely the first one that he actually understood enough to be excited for the big day. 

Despite crying on Santa’s lap he seemed to take a liking to the big guy, albeit from a distance, and he was pretty keen on Santa’s trusty red nosed helper too. We swapped out his bedtime nursery rhymes with Jingle Bells, he helped with the Christmas tree and pleaded daily to open the growing piles of presents underneath the tree. As any good Mum should, I used those presents and Santa’s impending arrival as bribery for good behaviour for the full 24 days in the lead up to Christmas, I even put in a few phone calls directly to Santa himself to report some of the more significant good behaviour breaches. It was great watching him get swept up in the excitement leading up to the big day and the magic of Christmas morning was up there with that of the Christmas mornings I remember as a child.

So now the day is over and his toy garbage truck is a permanent fixture on the lounge room floor, the toy chainsaw has sawed the table legs, the Christmas tree and the dogs tail, and now I am left without wondering what I can use for bribery? The “Santa’s watching” line might lose it’s punch if repeated for 360 days, perhaps the Easter Bunny can be Santa’s offsider for the next few months…

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2016, dream big and make it happen, I plan to!