Ruka Hirano claims first halfpipe World Cup win

More Sports / Winter Sports Feb 16, 2020

Ruka Hirano claims first halfpipe World Cup win

Snowboarder Ruka Hirano captured his first World Cup victory in Calgary on Saturday in the men's halfpipe competition, the last of five events of the season. The 17-year-old, who won gold at the Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland last month, scored 94.75 points at Canada ...

More Sports / Winter Sports Oct 16, 2019

Olympic medalist Taku Hiraoka admits causing car accident

A Japanese Olympic medalist has admitted causing a collision that injured several people last month in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, investigative sources said Wednesday. He is suspected of fleeing the scene despite the driver of the other vehicle, a 40-year-old woman, sustaining minor injuries. Police plan ...

Madarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan?

Travel Jan 18, 2019

Madarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan?

by Oscar Boyd

The Madarao Kogen ski resort prides itself on two things: its powder snow ("Madapow!") — enjoying over 10 meters of fresh snow annually — and its tree skiing. It is less well-known than some of its rivals within the prefecture, but that just ...