白馬の地震に関するアップデート

多くの人がご存知の通り、先週土曜日(2014年11月22日)に長野県北部は大きな地震に見舞われました。そして白馬村はその中心に位置していました。気象庁の発表では、地震の規模はマグニチュード6.7であったそうです。

まず初めに、今回の事があって多くの人からメールや心配の声を頂きました。皆さんの気持ちに本当に感謝しています。ありがとうございます。

Morinoのメンバーや白馬にいる僕らの友人は皆無事です。僕らのロッジやシャレーなどの建物についても何の問題もありませんでした。街やスキー場エリアでも、‘大きな揺れを感じた’という以外には何も変わった事はありません。地震は日本では珍しくはないです。僕らは皆無事!今回受けた被害は、ワイン一本とグラスがひとつふたつ。スキー場でもリフトや設備等これといった被害はありません。

では全く何ともなかったのかと言うと、そういうわけでもありません。白馬村の最も東側の地域では、古い家屋で揺れに耐えきれなかったものもあり、何軒かは完全に倒壊しました(下の写真を参照)。道路に亀裂が入った場所もあります。ただありがたい事に、亡くなった方はゼロ。火曜日時点で報告されている重傷者の数も4人と限られています(軽傷者の数は19人と報告されています)。

①白馬から長野市へ向かう道路近くの堀之内地区で倒壊した家屋。今回の地震ではこの地区の被害が最も大きかった。

① 白馬から長野市へ向かう道路近くの堀之内地区で倒壊した家屋。今回の地震ではこの地区の被害が最も大きかった。

余震の数も規模も徐々に減っていて、もうあと数日経てば元通りの平穏な状態が戻るはずです。迫りくる今スキーシーズンへの影響も全くないでしょう。もちろん、継続して状況を監視していきます。

何か不安や質問があれば遠慮なく聞いてください!

ところで、今回の地震に対する日本の緊急対応には賞賛を送らなければなりません。迅速で徹底した対応は、被害者に冷静さと安心感をもたらし、損傷した道路やインフラ設備は地震直後から復旧活動が始まっています。

日本人全般についても一言。今回の様な困難に直面しても、彼らは皆落ち着いて、冷静に、威厳を持った行動を取りました。この国にはCNNに誘発されるヒステリーはありません!

最後に、繰り返しになりますが、白馬の大半で通常の生活が戻っています。ですが、一部には今回の地震で壊滅的な被害を受けた人たちがいます。白馬村役場の報告では、27軒の家が全倒壊、17軒は一部倒壊、58軒に僅かな被害があったそうです。物置小屋や蔵も含めると、合計224の建物に被害がありました。

現時点では、こうした被害者の人たちへの救済基金が設置されたといった情報はありませんが、恐らく近くそういった基金が設置されると思います。そういった情報もまたお知らせしていきます。

改めて最後に、皆さんのご心配や温かい言葉、ありがとうございました。

 

Old storage sheds like these didn`t fair well. In total 53 "wharehouses" were totally destroyed.

この写真の様な古い物置小屋は損害を被った。計53棟の物置小屋が全倒壊した。

地震への対応は見事。これくらいの損壊はあっという間に修復。

地震への対応は見事。これくらいの損壊はあっという間に修復。

安全で暖かい避難所で安心。笑顔も見られる。

安全で暖かい避難所で安心。笑顔も見られる。

Hakuba Earthquake Update

As many of you already know, last Saturday night (Nov 22 2014) Northern Nagano prefecture was hit by a pretty serious earthquake & Hakuba was at the center of it.  The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling it a magnitude 6.7 earthquake.

Firstly, I`d like to say thank you for all the thoughts & emails we`ve received. We really appreciate your concern.

The Morino crew & all of our Hakuba friends are doing fine. All of our lodges & chalets escaped without any issues, and indeed, most of the town, and the ski resorts, felt nothing more than a big shake….which is not entirely uncommon in Japan of course. We are all fine, and all we lost at the Lodge was a bottle of wine and a glass or two. No apparent damage at any of the resorts, the lifts, or anything else….

Not to downplay what happened however…. Some older houses on the far east side of the valley took it less well, and several were completely destroyed (see below), along with a few cracks in the roadway. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear any lives were lost & the number of serious injuries reported as of Tuesday were listed as just 4 people (with 19 people listed as slightly injured).

Damaged homes in the Horinouchi community.

Damaged homes in the Horinouchi community near the road leading out from Hakuba to Nagano City. This was the area hit hardest by the quake.

Aftershocks have become less frequent & decreasing in intensity & should be a thing of the past after a couple more days. I expect that this will have zero effect on this upcoming ski season, but of course… we will continue to monitor the situation.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any concerns as the time gets closer…. !!

I have to give big kudos to the Japanese emergency services` response to the quake. It`s been swift & thorough, bringing calm & confidence that the affected people are being looked after & damaged roads & infrastructure have been being dealt with since immediately after the quake.

I also have to make a note about the Japanese people in general; once again, in the face of adversity they remain poised, calm & totally dignified. No CNN induced hysteria here!

Finally, to reiterate, for the bulk of Hakuba, life has returned to normal. However, there are some people on the outskirts of town for whom this earthquake has been devastating. Hakuba Village office reports that a total of 27 homes were totally destroyed, 17 partially destroyed & 58 suffered slight-damage. If you include warehouses & rice storage sheds (Kura) then in total 224 structures experienced some damage.

At this stage i`m not aware of any relief fund to help get these people back on their feet but i`m expecting there will be something set up soon & will post about it then.

Thanks again for all your concerns.

Old storage sheds like these didn`t fair well. In total 53 "wharehouses" were totally destroyed.

Old storage sheds like these didn`t fair well. In total 53 “warehouses” were totally destroyed.

The response to the earthquake has been amazing. Damaged roads like this one are quickly being repaired.

The response to the earthquake has been amazing. Damaged roads like this one are quickly being repaired.

safe & warm in an emergency shelter.

safe & warm in an emergency shelter….& still smiling.

Get yourself enRoute to Hakuba.

 

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Pink pants & powder.

For years i used to go back to Canada & try to explain to my ski friends the amazing experience to be had shredding in the Japan Alps….“It`s like heli-skiing in BC……..but off of lifts….& for 40 bucks a day!!” It sounded too good to be true & at best i got an “umhmm……..right” for a response. But “the word” (which the Scandinavians & Aussies have known for a while now) is definitely getting out in North America.

Proof! Hakuba is the cover story of this Octobers` enRoute Magazine (which is Air Canada`s in-flight publication).

Last February we had the pleasure of showing these talented BC boys some of Hakuba`s best restaurants, onsens, surrounding sites, & of course powder snow. The fruit of which is this lovely article that captures nicely, both the quirkiness & magic a trip to Hakuba has to offer….& great pic of Morino member Manami on the front cover! That was taken at Hakuba Highland Onsen (which has one of the best views in the valley) if you`re wondering.

 

Click below & scroll to page 79 or….Click here to go straight to the story.

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Enter the Zen….or the big mountains.

 

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Monkey paparazzi & Tsugaike crepes.

 

Dinner at Shirouma So

Dinner at Shirouma So

Shirouma So is a lovely hotel near us with a private Onsen & traditional dinners. Ask us to book you in for either.

Our trusty K-truck.

Manami & our trusty K-truck.

“Myoko……..it`s kind of a magical place”

The leaves are starting to change color, the night-time air is getting cool…….it must be September.  Which means, it`s time to let our daydreams drift from beaches & sun to backcountry lines & deep powder turns…..the season is less than 3 months away after all. 

And if you like your powder extra deep, there are few places as consistently so as Myoko Kogen - the relatively undiscovered powder mecca just 1 & 1/2 hours North-West of Hakuba (& only 3 hours from Tokyo).  

Myoko`s got a great thing going on & we`ve just got ourselves a lodge there. Myoko Morino Lodge is currently under some big renovations, so more to come on that soon.

In the meantime, get your powder fantasy fix by watching these videos that capture the Myoko thing nicely.

 

Good Bye January, bring it on February!

January 2014 will go down as a good one……really good in fact.  Overall snowfall was slightly below average but we had a healthy base from December & it stayed cold with plenty of fresh top ups. All this combined, meant for great powder on supply nearly every single day of the month.

This was captured nicely by Morino long-timer “Olav the Viking powder destroyer”. His 2 weeks in Hakuba this year saw plenty of perfect snow as evident by this video edit of his stay………and just to hammer home why he comes back to Hakuba year after year i`ve included his 2013 edit too.

 

 

 

Here`s to a good February….It`s been a slow start but it`s looking to improve real fast.