Statements: Onsen Tour, exploring Japanese culture through snowboarding

There is much, much more to Japan than deep snow. Stories that emerge from the Land of the Rising Sun often focus the narrative on sweeping turns through open glades, or airing off pillows into near bottomless landings. Without any doubt, the snowboarding is incredible. But what Japan truly special is how this lifestyle has become woven into Japanese culture.

An onsen is a Japanese bathhouse, with water sourced from the countless hot springs throughout the country. Bathing in these springs is a time-honored tradition, and it is the basis of Statements: Onsen tour. After many years of traveling to this country, Antti Autti decided it was time to share why it was more than snowboarding that kept him coming to Japan. With honorary local Neil Hartmann and Shinya Nakagawa as guides, they took Antti, Enni Rukajärvi, and Nicholas Wolken on a tour of these rejuvenating waters and celebrate an eons-old tradition in Japanese culture.

Read also: Reinvention: An Antti Autti interview

Photography by Harri Tarvainen, Kota Collective

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Sponsored by: Northwave Boots, Drake Snowboards, Neste, Haglöfs, Shred Optics, Slytech Protection

Featuring: Antti Autti, Neil Hartmann, Shinya Nagakawa, Enni Rukajärvi, Nicholas Wolken

Filmed / Edited by: Matti Ollila – Kota Collective

Additional Filming by: Neil Hartmann

Graphics By: Jani Kärppä – Kota Collective

Produced by: Antti Autti – Anttisworld

Music by:
Ryan Taubert – ¨Pioneer¨
Rose Windows – ¨Wartime Lovers¨


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