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Article: Far Out East: The Teachings of Taro

Far Out East: The Teachings of Taro

Far Out East: The Teachings of Taro

A film by Finlay Woods

When planning a trip to Hokkaido, we felt it essential to acknowledge and pay our respects to one of the great legends of the island, Taro Tamai.

Taro’s highly regarded as a master craftsman, yet that’s only a small part of his story. As the founder of Gentemstick (an industry leading craft snowboard company), his unique approach to life is an inspiration to many throughout the world. He’s a modern day poet - a rambling soul whose life transitions between sea level and 1000+m elevation with ease. Taro’s life philosophy, of being at one with, and taking inspiration from, nature has solidified his place as a significant elder in the realms of surf and snow.

His take on the creative process has long inspired us - and it was a rare honour that we were able to sit down and get to know him on our journey Far Out East. This project is the culmination of that experience - Far Out East: The teachings of Taro.