Made in Niseko - Learn the stories behind Niseko's favourite artisans -

Powderlife was Niseko’s first English language magazine, first published in 2007.
The beautifully textured pages aim to capture and illustrate the essence of the Niseko powder lifestyle.
This starts on the ski slopes but also includes dining, art, culture, people, architecture, real estate Hokkaido travel and more.


The ever-changing seasons and their interactions with the local landscape seem to provide constant inspiration for creative Niseko residents. Many moved here to spent their days pursuing their passions, while others were inspired to create after living here. Meet some of the people creating cool things in Niseko.


After a season working as a ski instructor, Brit Louis Higgins decided to stick around after the snow melted. What he discovered was much deeper than the powder snow he first came for. Trained as a joiner and carpenter, during the off-season Louis headed south to do work building houses in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The skills, techniques, style and discipline of the Japanese craftsmen he worked with influenced him so greatly he decided to start his own woodworking company in Niseko, creating truly exquisite East-meets-West furniture and other pieces inspired by ancient Japanese craftsmanship.

@takumi woodwork

Stories: Kristian Lund
Photo: @aaron jamieson

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