During a national holiday yesterday, I went snowboarding with some friends on Mount Naeba in Niigata Prefecture. It was my first time snowboarding, and I can't say I was very good at it, but I did have a good time. You can't tell from the picture, but the place was super crowded. 
Here my friends carry their snowboards toward a lift that will carry us up the mountain for the first time. Out of the five of us, only two had ever snowboarded before. There was much falling. As a side note, this picture was taken with my iPhone – a first for this blog. Wave of the future I guess.