On a slope covered with white powder snow, a little Japanese boy teeters and inches forward during his first skiing lesson. A cloth band is tied around his waist, his father is at the other end imparting guidance. Teenagers with snowboards are in groups nearby, while others on skis are preparing to head down Asari Peak.
This is Akaigawa Village in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido, an island with attractions for all seasons and a popular playground for Thai tourists.
Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there is the annual Sapporo Snow Festival in February, and you can always soak yourself in hot spring water, savour fresh crabmeat, seafood, sweet fruits, rich milk, chocolate, cheesecake and soft ice cream.
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