IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story

IKIGAI: The Shin Biyajima Story

Travis Rice spent three years traveling and exploring the Japanese Alps with Nidecker rider Shin Biyajima during the production of “The Fourth Phase” film. During that time they shared many adventures and conversations, and after the movie released, Travis really wanted to capture a more authentic portrait of Shin and his process of living and riding as a Japanese snowboarder. So he spent about six weeks over two years following Shin around his backyard in the Nagano Prefecture hiking, inquiring and immersing himself in Shin’s universe. Joined by film maker Justin Smith, he captured an intimate portrait of a lifestyle that is quite foreign compared to the norms of North America, yet still strangely similar to the principles that most snowboarders share around the love of the mountains.