Chilling, Gorgeous, Steep: Japanese Snowboarder’s Shut Name on Mount Tanigawa

The Japanese-produced ‘IF’ quick movie provides us an unbelievable glimpse into what it’s like to look at an avalanche sweep throughout the mountain you might be standing on, inches out of your ft. What’s that feeling like? What if…

Japanese professional snowboarder Hisanori Katsuyama takes on Tanigawa-dake in Gunma prefecture, Japan. What’s Tanigawa-dake? Solely the world’s most harmful mountain, often known as the “Everest of the East,” in reference to the a whole lot of people that have died attempting to climb it.

The quick movie opens in black and white, with a direct-facing, slo-mo view of an avalanche taking kind and tumbling down Tanigawa. At this second, on this mountain, Katsuyama needed to transfer over a big cornice in an effort to traverse some difficult terrain. It was this cornice that fell, triggering the avalanche.

“That have jogged my memory of the actual energy of the mountain,” Katsuyama mentioned via a translator within the movie. The movie describes it as Katsuyama’s “if” second — “that factor that has overwhelming energy over you.”

Hisanori Katsuyama moving uphill on Mount Tanigawa.
Hisanori Katsuyama transferring uphill on Mount Tanigawa.

Searching for awe, marvel, magnificence, chaos, and somewhat little bit of worry? IF encapsulates all of it.

Watch this beautiful footage of Katsuyama’s problem on Tanigawa, and you might come a small bit nearer to understanding that “if” feeling.

Runtime: 5 minutes

IF was directed by Yuta Watanabe and its pictures was directed by Tomokazu Kuwano. Backcountry Entry sponsored this movie. 

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By Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is predicated in GearJunkie’s Denver, Colo. workplace. She has a level in English and journalism, and has a background in each newspaper and journal writing. Her outside pursuits span from working to sport climbing, from panorama pictures to snowboarding to pack-paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can probably discover her on the high of a fourteener, or in a neighborhood bakery.

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