Postcard from Japan: Chasing Demons on the Slopes of Niseko

He was just laying there, prostrate in the fluffy white snow, this helpless, frustrated little boy stuck in a tricky lip of the bottom-most family run at Niseko Annupuri. A man whom I assumed was his father stared at him from the bottom of the hill — just stared at him — as the kid, not more than five or six years old, I think, laid there, struggling in vain to get back on his skis after a mild, non-violent wipeout. “Dad” wasn’t about to sidestep his way up the hill to help the kid up, and none of the

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