Round Two. This time last year the boy and I were in Niseko Village and we have returned for another family holiday. Joined by my Dad, little sister, brother, and his girlfriend the scene slightly resembles a comedic family vacation film. Our time has been spent drinking sake and beer by the litre, feasting on Hokkaido’s traditonal cuisine (the food here is incredible), trying not to slip in the piles of snow, and listening to my brother gush about how he has never snowboarded in better conditions (he’s slightlly obsessed with the sport). Our hotel, Hilton Niseko Village, is the embodiment of a dream ski resort and I am pretty certain I would be content watching the snow constantly fall in this idyllic scenery.