GPlusMedia Inc. Supporting Niseko for Hiring Needs

GPlusMedia Inc. Supports Businesses in Niseko Finding the Best Talent for Their Multinational Hiring Needs

GPlusMedia Inc. is pleased to announce its recent admission to the Niseko Promotion Board! We are excited to help promote Niseko as Asia’s premiere year-round resort destination and to support businesses in Niseko.

GPlusMedia produces Japan’s most-used English-language employment, news and information websites, including GaijinPot, CareerEngine, JapanToday, Real Estate Japan and Savvy Tokyo.

GaijinPot, Japan’s number one website for foreigners living, working, and studying in Japan, has been a mainstay for over 25 years and has helped more than 8,000 companies advertise and hire foreign and bilingual staff across a wide range of industries.

Helping in Niseko since 2004

Over 2,150 active job seekers in Hokkaido are registered on GaijinPot. This number is growing at about seven percent a year and every month we deliver thousands of applications to businesses in Hokkaido.

Since 2004, GaijinPot has been helping Niseko businesses recruit bilingual Japanese and foreign job seekers currently in Japan and overseas.

Below are one-month application results averaged from 60 Niseko-based companies advertising job openings on GaijinPot and CareerEngine.

Hotel Guest Services 150 applications /mo

Reservation, Sales 120 applications /mo

International Marketing 120 applications /mo

Food and Beverage Staff 90 applications /mo

Bilingual Operations Staff 50 applications /mo

Real Estate Sales 40 applications /mo

Web Developer 35 applications /mo

Facility Maintenance 30 applications /mo

Experienced Ski Patrol 25 applications /mo

For more information, contact Ryan Nagle, [email protected], GaijinPot Jobs Manager

Rhythm Japan Launches Year-Round Activity Centre at Rhythm Base, Niseko

Breaking free from its winter roots, Rhythm Japan is primed to unveil an exhilarating world of summer activities, an expanded retail assortment, and a game-changing bike rental range to the Niseko region as their Base store transforms into a fully serviced Activity Centre.

Niseko-based sports and lifestyle brand, Rhythm Japan, has announced the launch of year-round services at Rhythm Base – their flagship Niseko store – for the first time in its history.

Known for its winter offerings, Rhythm Japan is excited to expand its operations to include summer activities, expanded summer retail range, and bike rentals at the Rhythm Base Activity Centre in Niseko. Opening its doors for the season on June 3rd, 2023, the store will be open 7 days a week from 8am-6pm.

The Rhythm Base Activity Centre will offer a wide range of activities for visitors, including indoor bouldering complete with a kilter board, indoor skate mini ramp, outdoor skate park, outdoor pump track, outdoor trampoline, and outdoor slackline. The location will be a hub for the community with ongoing events throughout the summer, and will provide visiting outdoor enthusiasts with an array of exciting bike rental options, including E-bikes, Road Bikes, and Mountain Bikes, from leading bicycle brand Specialized.

The year-round location features various onsite facilities, including happy hours at Rhythm & Beans Coffee, retail shop, communal workspace, and Tunes bike workshop. Rhythm & Beans Coffee is a cozy spot to charge up before an active day, while the Summer retail shop offers the latest products from top outdoor brands. The communal workspace provides an opportunity for remote workers to catch up on emails or take a call, and the Tunes bike workshop techs are on hand for any repairs.

According to Rhythm Base Summer Manager, Sean Potts: “We are thrilled to offer our customers a year-round destination to enjoy the best of Niseko. Our team has worked hard to create a unique experience that caters to all ages and interests. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the new  Rhythm Base Activity Centre in Niseko this summer and beyond.”

Established in 2005, Rhythm Japan is a premier provider of year-round outdoor rental, retail, and lesson/guiding services in Japan’s top mountain resorts. Rhythm Japan’s extensive on-site facilities stock the world’s most reputable brands and include tuning workshops, boot fitting services, and cafes. The Rhythm Japan retail division offers year-round mountain wear, and their flagship store in Niseko is a community activity centre, featuring pump track, bouldering walls, trampolines, and more.

At Rhythm Japan, the passionate employees live and breathe the mountain lifestyle and strive to instil that same passion in all of their customers. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or mountain biking, they provide everything visitors and the local community need to enjoy the ultimate mountain experience.

To learn more about Rhythm Japan and their latest offerings for all seasons, visit Sign up for the newsletter and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date.


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Grandpapa Lodge - Green Season Staff

Grandpapa lodge is looking for staffs for green season.
Free Private staff dormitory in Hirafu
Japanese owner runs a small lodge since 1986. We are not perfect English speaker, but all of our team like to learn new languages and have more experience with foreign people who have different culture!
Please feel free to ask, if you have any questions.


Work exchange : 1 hour for Free accommodation (free food and free 50cc motor bike rental)
Part timer : 3-4 hours
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2022-23 Niseko Tourism Weekly Winter Videos

Niseko Fans Worldwide Love New Weekly Video Reports

More than 670,000 people watched Niseko Tourism’s new weekly video series in winter 2022/23.

Niseko Tourism’s dynamic marketing team produced one fresh new snow and resort updates video each week from January and March – 12 reports in total.

These were posted across Niseko Tourism’s social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and shared from there by various local and international media.

The aim of the project was to show the world key aspects of Niseko’s winter season through a regularly updated, engaging content format.

Niseko Tourism Chief Marketing Officer Acme Wu said that it was important to publish resort-wide content that created an immersive viewing experience for potential tourists.

“We want to make sure people around the world know that Niseko is MORE than just the amazing snow,” Wu said.

“These videos allow people who aren’t in the resort to get a sense of the true atmosphere of Niseko in winter and create a mesmerizing image for anyone thinking about coming to Niseko.

“Ultimately we believe that if people were to get even a sample of what it’s really like here in winter, they would not hesitate to make it their next winter destination.”

Each video highlights current weather and snow conditions as well as events and resort updates.

Importantly, the videos also highlight the local experiences including dining and activities such as onsen and the launch of Hanazono Zipflight.

Additionally, Niseko Tourism produced and released two additional videos covering the Niseko Shootout ProAm photography contest and Short Film Festival event.

A number of videos feature interviews with pro riders including Christy Prior, a professional snowboarder from New Zealand.

The video with Christy Prior highlights her journey through Niseko as she enjoys local onsen, dining, hotel stays at both Andaru Niseko and Chalet Ivy and of course Niseko’s powder snow.

Another video featured professional skier, artist, filmmaker and co-founder of ski brand Season Equipment, “Eric Pollard” from the USA.

The industry legend discussed what keeps him coming back to Niseko and what makes the area so unique.

These videos were presented in English, as the resort largely attracts visitors from overseas, but Niseko Tourism believed it was important to always include Japanese subtitles to continue encouraging domestic interest in the region.

Based on the success of this year’s project which was created fully in-house, Niseko Tourism has plans to create and publish similar videos next winter.

Subscribe to Niseko Tourism’s newsletter and follow Niseko Tourism at the links below to make sure you receive the videos in your social media feeds next winter:





Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+81)136-21-2551

2023 Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival Wrap Up

Non-Ski/Snowboard Film Wins Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival for The First Time!

A mini-documentary on a much-loved 88-year-old local artist has won this winter’s Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival held at Hanazono Ski Resort.

It’s the first time in the event’s five-year history that a non-ski/snowboard-related film has trumped the field.

Painter is an artistic, 4-minute-long film following a day in the life of Shigeru Tokumaru, one of Niseko’s most loved artisans.

Filmmaker Toshi Pander won ¥180,000 in prize money thanks to Niseko Shootout major sponsor Don Julio 1942 Tequila – who also supplied a shot of tequila to festival goers on arrival.

Niseko Shootout founder Winse Heyward said he was excited to see more diversity in the entries this year.

“It’s great to see our film festival growing in size and depth over the years,” Winse said.

“We’ve now got films that are not just about the amazing skiing and snowboarding but also the spirit and uniqueness of the local people, making it a true Niseko cultural event.”

More than 400 people packed Hanazono EDGE – Hanazono Ski Resort’s premier slopeside dining hall – on Friday March 17 for the fun-filled 2-hour event.

Hanazono EDGE also provided food and drink specials for guests, with a roving beer-vendor pouring draught beer from a keg strapped to her back (as is seen at Japanese baseball games).

In all, there were 16 short movies entered by filmmakers from within Japan and internationally from the USA, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, UK and more.

Judge Ryunosuke Tanaka said the judging was difficult due to the variety and individuality of the entries.

“Among the works that conveyed the charms of Niseko from unique perspectives, Toshi’s Painter stood out from the crowd”, Tanaka-san said.

“Beginning with a quiet but powerful Niseko landscape and moving to focus on the painter, Tokumaru-san, the beauty of the images continues to the point where one can almost feel his breath.

“As the Niseko area has a very high awareness of powder snow, skiing, and snowboarding, exciting powder riding pieces are inspiring, but Painter does not include any skiing scenes.

“However, it gives us a strong sense of the people who live and work here.”

Taking second place Niseko Daydreams, a film by Austrians Bernhard Braun and Mattias Wehinger following skiers exploring the magical Niseko backcountry terrain and enjoying local onsens and hospitality.

In third place was another biographical short documentary, Envision, by Yuichi Ishida and featuring the local legendary calligrapher Yoko Arano.

Ioanna Morelli, Niseko Tourism director and event subcommittee member said it was great to see the return of the festival to Hanazono this season.

“The quality of filming, editing and storytelling in each short showcased Niseko as a visually stunning and culturally rich environment.

“Congratulations to winner Toshi Pander and thank you to everyone who participated to make this year epic.”

All the films can be watched on the Niseko Tourism YouTube channel.

The winners of the Season-long #NisekoShootout Instagram Contest were also announced during the event.

All images uploaded to Instagram and hashtagged #nisekoshootout this winter were eligible, with almost 900 entries in the three categories – Ski, Snowboard, Open.

2022-23 Niseko Shootout Winners (View all photos on Nisekoshoot Instagram)

Skiing Category Snowboarding Category Open Category
1st Place: Teddy Laycock @teddylaycock for his shot with James Winfield  @thejameswinfield 1st Place: Agustin Villalba @austinpowder for his shot of Stefan Boers @stefanboers 1st Place: Greg Homann @nisekosnowboard
2nd Place: James Winfield @thejameswinfield for his shot with Chris Davenport @steepskiing 2nd Place: Kage @kagephoto for his shot with Makoto Yamada @fs5050 2nd Place: Jack Woods @woodsy_8
3rd Place: Ruairidh Squair @ruairidhs for his shot with rider Chris Smith @chrissmith_really 3rd Place: Troy Daniel @somethingblack and

Saki Hayashi @saki_chow

3rd Place: Chad Clark



Make sure to follow Niseko Shootout &  Niseko Tourism social media to find out more about the Niseko Shootout Summer contest.

Thanks again to all our sponsors & partners and until next year.

Kutchan Kosei Hospital Announcement

Useful Tips from The Kutchan Kosei General Hospital

1.Please come to the hospital during regular consultation hours

  • If you wish to seek medical attention, please come to our hospital during regular consultation hours. You can not make an appointment for your initial consultation. If it is a first visit, please come to the hospital directly, fill out the registration form and take it to the reception. Everyone is required to wear a facemask inside the hospital. We appreciate your understanding.
  • A long waiting time can occur because patients with appointments are given priority. Therefore, please leave time to spare and come to the hospital early. Please let a nurse know beforehand if you must leave the hospital before a particular time. Please note that payment of medical expenses will be charged even if you cancel the consultation after medical tests or examination.
  • We accept only emergency patients on weekends, holidays, and after regular consultation hours. If you wish to see a doctor outside regular consultation hours, please call the hospital beforehand and check whether it is acceptable. In addition, you may be consulted by a doctor other than a specialist for your symptoms, and you may be asked to visit again within regular consultation hours at a later date. The order of consultation will be decided according to severity so that you may wait for a long time. Also, please understand that limited drugs can be provided at ER.

2.Please bring an identification card  

Please bring your physical identification card, such as a passport, driver’s license, residence card and produce it at the reception. We need to obtain your personal information, such as your name and birthday accurately. Patients with a Japanese national health insurance card must present it at the reception. If you do not have the card with you on the consultation day, pay the full amount by yourself and get a refund later.

3. About payment

You can pay the medical expenses by cash or credit card. (Debit cards are not accepted.) There is no international ATM inside our hospital. Therefore, please prepare some money before coming to the hospital, or bring a valid credit card. Cashless consultation using travel insurance is not available. If you have travel insurance, please pay the full medical expenses by yourself at the hospital and make a claim for the fee to your insurance company later. We can issue medical certificates for you but in Japanese only. If you need one, please tell your doctor that you need a medical certificate. (2,200 yen per certificate) Medical expenses may be expensive if you do not have Japanese national health insurance or travel insurance.

  • Extra fees will be charged at the following time.6 am – 8:30 am and 5 pm – 10 pm on weekdays (nighttime charge)10 pm – 6 am on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays (late night charge)6 am – 10 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays (holiday charge)

4.Note for Consultation

  • Medicine can not be prescribed without a medical consultation with our doctor, even if you have a prescription from another doctor or are taking the medicine regularly. In addition, according to Japanese law, we cannot give you any medications, such as painkillers, before you see a doctor.
  • Examinations such as MRI can not be performed without prior consultation with a doctor and his/her judgment. Therefore, you may need to wait for several hours or come back at a later date.
  • We don’t arrange ambulances at the hospital. Please call 119 by yourself if it is needed. Since the number of ambulances in the area is limited, please REFRAIN FROM CALLING AN AMBULANCE if the condition is not severe or you can come by yourself with someone’s assistant. Please use a car or a Taxi if possible. Even if you come to the hospital by ambulance, you can not go back to your home or accommodation by ambulance. Please arrange a car or a tax by yourself for the return. (Taxies are not available between 2am to 6am)
  • Psychiatric consultation is by appointment only. Please contact us by telephone in advance.
  • We can not respond to telephone or email correspondence from overseas insurance companies. If they need any information from us, they have to contact a Japanese agent, and the Japanese agent to contact us for the information.
  • English Interpreters are available between 8:30am – 6:30pm during winter. From 6:30pm until 8:30am, we have a videophone interpreter available. If you need an interpreter other than an English interpreter, we recommend you arrange an interpreter by yourself.
  •   Please follow the instructions of our staff while you are in the hospital. Please note that you may be asked to leave if you do not follow our instructions.

Kutchan-Kosei General Hospital

Higashi1-2,Kita4Jo,Kutchan-cho,Abuta-gun,Hokkai-do 044-0004 ,JAPAN

TEL: +81-136-22-1141


2022-23 Niseko Shootout ProAM Winners

Japanese Kei Truck Rail Grind Wins 2023 Niseko Shootout ProAM

Deep powder isn’t the only thing Niseko is known for!

A quirky custom-built Japanese “kei truck” has captured the attention of the voting public to win this year’s ¥80,000 Niseko Shootout ProAM Public Vote.

Kei truck’s are mini pick up trucks that are cheap to register and run, and are seen everywhere in rural Japan – Niseko included.

This particular kei truck is called Sabi-chan and was customised by the rider in the photo, Kiwi Henry Johnson.

The photographer was Tomek Ustupski from Poland.

Niseko Shootout Founder Winse Heyward said it obviously resonated with the voting audience.

“So many locals own a kei truck or van because they’re cheap and have character, and this one is like the poster child for Niseko,” said Winse.

“The patchwork of coloured timber panels popped with the lighting, and the ridge on the roof created a classic Niseko urban feature for Henry to transition on.

“Very cool, very Niseko and a very worthy winner of this year’s Niseko Shootout ProAM!”

Judges Vote Winner

Niseko is also famous for its powder pillows – or mushrooms as they’re called locally.

Pro-pro team made up of local photographer Aaron Jamieson and visiting pro skier Dennis Ranalter took out the Judges Vote with a spectacular bluebird pillow-line shot.

It snowed almost every day between December 1 through the contest period ending January 9, meaning there were plenty of mushrooms ripe for harvest for the ProAM.

This particular line is a favourite spot for travelling ski and snowboard media, however, getting a good photo is much trickier than getting a good video.

The judges all know this fact well and recognised the difficulty in capturing such a pristine bluebird powder shot, awarding Aaron and Dennis the win.

This year’s judges were Taro Tamai, Tsutomu Nakata, Yoichi Watanabe, Neil Hartmann, Torah Bright, Eric Pollard, Matt Hampton and Winse Heyward.

Niseko Shootout ProAM Format

The Niseko Shootout ProAM is one of three categories under the annual Niseko Shootout photo and film competition banner.

Professional and amateur athlete-photographer teams take to the mountains in and around Niseko in early January each year.

Each team takes as many photos as they like during the competition window, but submits only one for judging following the final day.

This year a record 62 teams entered with 34 shots submitted for judging.

Pro athletes that took part this year include Dennis Ranalter, Hedvig Wessel and Wakana Hama.

This year’s competition saw high school students entering the competition for the first time, with Juma Findlay, Shinnosuke Tanaka and Ollie Nichols all taking part.

Still underway this winter is the headline Niseko Shootout hashtag photo competition, with any photo hash-tagged #nisekoshootout this winter in the running to take out one of a host of prizes.

The Shootout culminates with the Niseko Shootout Short Film Festival to be held on March 11th this year.

For more details about the Niseko Shootout, check out HERE and follow @NisekoShootout and @NisekoTourism to stay up to date.

Don Julio Tequila & Rhythm Provide the Party

More than 150 fans flocked to ski rental hub Rhythm Base on Friday night (January 20) for the awards party.

With tequila brand Don Julio 1942 sponsoring the party, it was a fittingly boisterous celebration for a classic Niseko Shootout ProAM.

Check out the photos captured during the Award Ceremony and the Award Video below!

NISADE - Owner Team Manager オーナーチームマネージャー ( Accounting)

現在NISADEでは。オーナーチームのマネージャーを募集しております。オーナーチームマネージャーは、NISADEのプロパティマネジメント部門において、非常に重要な役割を担っています。 当ポジションは、NISADE の不動産管理部門からの収入を管理し、NISADE およびオーナーへの報告を行います。
NISADE is currently looking for a manager for our Owner Management and Accounts Team. The Owner Team Manager is a crucial and pivotal role in the Property Management Division of NISADE.

The Owner Team Manager manages NISADE’s core income from the Property Management Division and is responsible for subsequent reporting to NISADE and the Owners.

  • オーナーとの関係を重視し、適切かつタイムリーに管理・対応されていることを確認する。オーナーの記録が最新の状態であることを確認する、またオーナーの年次報告書の作成と提出、および指名された税理士への税務申告書の作成/新規オーナーに対する対応に不備・漏れがないか確認/オーナーの滞在中には、必要に応じてオーナーに会い、挨拶する/賃貸契約で合意された条件がすべて満たされていること確認、継続的に監視する
    Be on top of Owner Relationship, ensuring Owners are managed properly and in a timely manner: Ensure Owner records are kept up to date / Preparation and distribution of annual owner statements and tax preparation for the nominated Tax Accountant / Making sure the team is on top especially when ownership is changed / Meet and Greet owner during any owner stay if necessary / Monitor and ensure all agreed terms in the letting agreements are being met
  • プロパティアカウントが適切かつタイムリーに管理されていることを確認する。EOMプロセスがスケジュール通りに行われていることを確認する / リース義務が遵守されていることを確認する
    Be on top of Property Accounts is managed properly and in a timely manner: Ensure EOM process is on schedule / Ensure compliance with lease obligations
  • オーナー管理者が、請求書の発行や請求などをタイムリーに行っていることを確認する、EOMプロセス、支払い、未払い金の追跡、銀行口座の作成、資金移動、ファイリングなどをタイムリーに行っていることを確認する
    Make sure the owner administrator is in a timely manner for invoicing, charging, EOM process, payments, chasing for outstanding, creating bank accounts, funds transfer, filing
  • 基本的な税務申告の知識の把握
    Firm grasp of basic tax filing knowledge
  • 新築ビルのMAおよびHMAルールに合わせてシステムを構築し、経理部および施設管理部と協力してルールへの準拠を確認する
    Create a system for a new building to match with the MA and HMA rules with Property Accountants and Maintenance Manager to ensure compliance with those rules
  • メンテナンスマネージャーと緊密に連絡を取り合い、安全かつ効率的に、ゲストや一般の人々への影響を最小限に抑えて作業が行われるようにする
    Communicate with the Maintenance Manager closely to ensure that work is carried out safely, efficiently, and with minimum disruption to guests and members of the public
  • メンテナンスマネージャーと連絡を取り合い、業務上および安全上の緊急の懸念事項に対処し、必要に応じて年次総会または臨時総会で提起する
    Communicate with Maintenance Manager to address immediate operational and/or safety concerns to raise in the AGM or EGM if necessary
  • 雪の管理についてメンテナンスマネージャーと話し合う
    Discuss with Maintenance Manager for snow management


Position Requirements

  • 深い信頼関係の構築を可能にする優れた対人関係能力と人間関係構築能力
    Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills that will enable the building of a deep and trusted relationship
  • 卓越した正確性と細部への配慮
    Superb accuracy and attention to detail
  • 納期に間に合わせるために、柔軟に戦略的に対応する能力
    Ability to respond quickly and be flexible, strategically reactive to meet deadlines
  • 効果的な時間管理と組織運営能力が求められる
    Effective time management and organizational skills are required
  • ポジティブな姿勢-チームワークを重視し、リクエストに応えたいという圧倒的な意欲があること
    Positive attitude – teamwork orientation and overwhelming desire to attend request
  • エクセルの中級から上級のスキル
    Intermediate to advance skills in Excel
  • マイクロソフト製品に精通していること
    Proficiency on MS Office Suite products
  • この地域を訪れる人々に知識を提供することができる
    Demonstrated ability to serve as a knowledgeable resource to visitors to the area
  • 自ら問題を発見し、調査し、解決する能力
    Ability to independently identify, research and resolve issues
  • ペースの速い環境で効率的にタスクをこなす能力
    Capability to efficiently complete tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • 高いレベルのプロ意識と守秘義務を示すことができる
    Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • 一度に複数のプロジェクトをこなすマルチタスク能力
    Ability to multi-task and work on several projects at once
  • 同僚、経営陣、オーナー、サプライヤーとの間で、英語および日本語で口頭および書面による効果的なコミュニケーションができること、また優れた文章力を有する
    Ability to communicate effectively in English and Japanese, with associates, management, Owners and suppliers, both verbally and in writing, and must have excellent writing skills
  • 必要に応じて、ベンダー/サプライヤーや他社との連絡事項を管理する
    Managing the contact matter with the vendors/supplies and other companies when necessary.
  • 部門の報告書、システム、手順の改善を提案する
    Suggest improvements to departmental reporting, systems & procedures



  • フレンドリーで成功しているチーム環境での仕事
    Working in a friendly and successful team environment
  • 才能と貢献に対する表彰制度
    Recognition program for your talents and contribution
  • スキーリフト券の貸与
    Access to ski lift passes
  • 一部のリゾートやアクティビティへの社員割引
    Employee discounts to some resorts and activities
  • 雇用保険、労災、健康保険、厚生年金
    Unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, health insurance, and welfare pension insurance are available
  • 平均年休120日
    Average of 120 days off per year
  • レクリエーション手当 Recreational Allowances
  • Annual Salary: 5,000,000-7,000,000/年収

Introducing Amaud - Slow Fashion Made From Vintage Kimonos

Amaud - Reimagined Vintage Kimonos

Amaud is a modern, ethical fashion brand that seeks to promote dignity and sustainability throughout the supply chain across the globe. We believe that fashion has an unprecedented opportunity and obligation to create positive change, and we are at the heart of a movement to doing so.

Amaud is a positive impact luxury brand based on the founding principle of commitment to craftsmanship, design and positive social and environmental change.

We create luxury ready-to-wear pieces from vintage Kimonos, sourced from antique markets throughout Japan. They are carefully unpicked, cleaned and fully repurposed into original creations.

“Amaud was born out of the desire to promote change in how we consume fashion.”

Amaud is the brainchild of Tokyo based designer Sarah-Jane Fergusson. She made her brand debut in 2018 in Hong Kong as a Redress Design finalist, taking home the Special Prize. With a degree in Bespoke Tailoring from London College of Fashion, she gained experience working for fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen and Missoni. Her work focuses on sustainability and combines exceptional quality and craftsmanship. A creative problem solver with experience across multiple mediums, she has a passion for finding creative and practical solutions to the wasteful trends of fast fashion.
“I hope that everyone who owns an Amaud piece feels connected to the heritage they are wearing and that they pass it down in a meaningful way that honours the beauty and tradition of the kimono.”

2022-23 Niseko Shootout ProAM Starts

Tequila Shots to Toast Best Shots of Niseko Shootout ProAM

With new event sponsor Don Julio Tequila, and a record 62 teams taking part, it’s fair the say the Niseko Shootout ProAM 2023 is bigger and better than ever!

The Niseko Shootout ProAM is one of three categories under the Niseko Shootout photo and film competition banner.

The 62 professional and amateur athlete-photographer teams will take to the mountains in and around Niseko between January 6 – 9.

Each will take as many photos as they like during the competition window, but submit only one for judging following the final day.

The winners will share in ¥200,000 (US$1,500) – not to mention a few tequila shots at the awards ceremony at Rhythm Japan Base on January 20.

Contest organiser Winstead Heyward said it was great to see a 50% increase in entries this year as tourists and seasonal workers flocked back into Niseko.

“The ProAM is back with a vengeance,” Winse laughed.

“We’re overjoyed with the amazing enthusiasm for the comp from the local and visiting teams – Niseko is back, baby!”

“This year, with Don Julio 1942 as our prize sponsor, we can’t wait to have all the teams sharing their experience and announce the winners at Rhythm Japan Base on Friday, January 20th, 2023.

“With a delicious tequilia brand as a sponsor, you know the party will be fun”.


Terminal Tune Station Tanner Dobbins USA Ryu Atobe Japan
Legs of Steel Aaron Jamieson Japan Dennis Ranalter Austria
Yuji Fujiyama Japan Kenneth Lei USA
22Designs Diana Rivera Spain Hiroto Miyazaki Japan
ATBShop Harry Calvert UK Natalie Ellis UK
Alexander Rouleau Canada Alexis Gervais-Chapleau Canada
Sahil India Kamil India
Agustin Villalba Argentina Jack Mack Australia
Yuya Okuno Japan Yuto Sugawara Japan
Eric Sales USA Kyle Delong USA
Steven Harris Australia Matthew Horne Australia
MnK Niseko Lucas Varty Canada Tom Bruce Germany
Greg Dart USA Riley Canada
Jesse Zorn USA Kai Ose Japan
Geraldine Australia Craig Australia
LADE Aaron Jamieson Japan Tatsumi Kono Japan
Good Snowboards, Norrona Japan, Flux Japan, Kashiwax, Co-op Dental Clinic, Niseko Grand Hirafu Stu Buckland UK Wakana Hama Japan
Pals Japan Tomek Ustupski Poland Henry Johnson NZ
Niseko Photography Tomek Ustupski Poland Miguel Porteous NZ
Niseko Photography Tomek Ustupski Poland Yuhei Yamada Japan
Niseko Photography Elsie Nielsen Australia Timothy Black Herbert NZ
Till Martens Germany Yuki Kawasaki Japan
Hokkaido Backcountry Club Harry Calvert UK Connor Hutchingson Canada
Nina Yu Australia Takanori Hioki Australia
Ha Van Hoanh Vietnam Vu Xuan Huong Vietnam
Arthur France Noe France
Juma Findlay Japan Shinnosuke Tanaka Japan
Niseko Photography Jack O’Grady Australia Max Power NZ
Dave Surf Spain Gorka Spain
Adrian Lamarca Spain Toni Rodriguez Spain
Tonishoots Jaume Pons Spain Toni Rodriguez Spain
Peter Morley Australia Jasper Australia
Yamaplus Jimi Oertli France Evan Wilcox USA
Yamaplus Toshi Pander Japan Jimi Oertli France
Bianca Peralta Argentina Simon Pervez Canada
Head, Niseko Photoraphy and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Hedvig Wessel Norway Darren Teasdale Japan
Head, Niseko Photoraphy and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Jordy Kidner Canada Darren Teasdale Japan
Jack Yan Malaysia Eduardo Porto Brazil
Head, Niseko Photography and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Emil Granbom Sweden Darren Teasdale Japan
Head, Niseko Photography and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Cole Richardson Canada Darren Teasdale Japan
Irene Cheng Taiwan Hanpo Zhang Taiwan
Roberto Hutchinson Philippines Michael Cavill NZ
Dallin Haws USA Garrett Haws USA
Hiroki Japan Ryoko Japan
Abby Crisostomo USA Hana USA
Asif An Mahmood Bangladesh Faraaz Sayeed India
Kamal India Guman India
Larissa Davies Australia Andrew McKendry Australia
Calvin Chow Australia Fiona Lim Malaysia
Sienna-Lily Priess Australia Werner Priess Australia
Edward Anderson UK Josh Clark Australia
Edward Anderson UK Ivan Diez Argentina
Courtney Wells Wales Zak McAlley-Burnside Wales
Alister Buckingham Australia James Winfield UK
Hokkaido Collective James Winfield UK Teddy Laycock Australia
Stefan Boers Netherlands Agustin Villalba Argentina
Nasuninjin Arts / Alister Buckingham Photography Alister Buckingham Australia Yoriko Okumura Japan
Alex Jeynes Scotland Oscar Hill Australia
Jack Woods Japan James Robbins Japan
Gregory Homann Australia Juliette Frattini Australia
Oyuki, Smith, Holiday Niseko Andre Pomp Czech Republic Olly Nicholls Japan
K2 Snowboarding Daisuke Watanabe Japan Piotr Drzastwa Poland


ProAM Judges’ Choice Winners: ¥120,000

Our 2022-23 judge panel includes: Taro Tamai, Tsutomu Nakata, Yoichi Watanabe, Neil Hartmann, Torah Bright, Eric Pollard and Matt Hampton and Winse Hayward. You can read all about the Judges on Niseko Shootout Instagram or Niseko Tourism Facebook

ProAM Public Vote Winners: ¥80,000

For the Public Vote we need you – the public! Public judging will take place over four days from January 14th to 17th, 2023.

You can register your votes by go to the 2022-23 Niseko Shootout ProAM Voting Page, Live from January 14th, 2023 by 10:00. Voting ends at 23:59 on January 17th, 2023  – make sure you VOTE and help decide the winner!

Winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony on January 20, 2023 at Rhythm Base.

More questions? Make sure to check out the detailed Q&A HERE or email [email protected]