EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — It was 16 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing heavily as we made our way from the Chanticleer Inn to frozen Dollar Lake in a red Subaru BRZ for the company's Winter Experience ice driving program. Or we would be making our way, if our Lappi tires spangled with about 400 four-millimeter studs could get any grip. We were stuck before leaving the driveway. The crew conferred, unsure as to whether the front brakes were frozen or the snow was just too deep, so we hopped into another BRZ. This one moved along fine, but the lingering fear of getting stuck remained as we headed through the woods and out onto the ice, carrying momentum through the deepening snow. Our concerns fell to the wayside as we approached the starting gate of the slalom course, where we'd get a feel for the BRZ before moving on to the WRX and STI.
Whipping through a slalom course on a frozen lake, and doing ABS testing in frigid conditions, really gives you a sense of how different vehicle drivetrains behave on the ice — and how studded tires behave under duress. The BRZ will happily swish its tail back and forth, and with traction off (or even just in track mode) the rear-drive coupe is forgiving if you make corrections about where the nose is pointed using the throttle. It takes finesse to balance the steering and acceleration, but when you get it, you're rewarded with a satisfying slide that turns into a gentle shove in the lower back as you transition out of a corner with snow swirling up against the side windows.
Gentle popping and sizzling sounds greet the ears in the 150-year-old traditional-style house, where visitors are enveloped by the warmth coming from a wood stove. The ceiling rises 10 meters high above the grand shiny-black pillars and beams.
Satoyama Jujo is a hot-spring hotel that opened in 2014 in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, a renowned production area of rice. The hotel, which also welcomes a constant stream of foreign guests, has a restaurant called Sanaburi, whose popular dishes feature vegetables and edible wild plants.
Kis-My-Ft2 will hold a dome tour called 'Kis-My-Ft2 DOME CONCERT 2018' in December.
The last time the groups held a winter dome tour was five years ago. For their upcoming tour, they are scheduled to perform two shows in Osaka and two shows in Tokyo. Their official fan club is currently accepting applications for tickets.
The CM for Yuzu and Nippon Seimei's collaborative project 'Yuzu 2018 Project with Nippon Seimei' has been revealed.
The CM was shot at Isezaki Mall in Yokohama City with the 2,018 new members that Yuzu recruited. In it, they all sing the duo's new song "Uta Yell" to cheer on the Japanese national team in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
YAMAGATA--Skiers and snowboarders paused on their runs down the mountain as glimpses of "juhyo" ice monsters sent shivers down their spine at the renowned Zao Onsen ski resort here on Jan. 20.
Vacationers enjoyed the spectacle of enormous, glittering trees covered in hoarfrost and ice against the deep blue sky as they descended on skis and snowboards.
INUYAMA, Aichi -- The annual bonfire for Yakushima macaques at the Japan Monkey Centre here was shown to the press on Dec. 21, as a troop of monkeys sat by the fire to keep warm.
Some 150 monkeys flocked to the fire at the "Monkey Valley" exhibition area as soon as the staff set some scrap wood alight. They seemed to be enjoying the warmth, turning their bellies toward the fire and placing their hands over the flames. The monkeys then munched on sweet potatoes that had been baked in the fire.