It is the first snow fall to the mountains of Gimel for this 2017 winter season. Our Atelier staff was all excited as if going back to their childhood and made snow mans and snow caves since it has been a while we last played with our hands in the snow. It is with saddened hearts but we must acknowledge that with each year the snow fall has lessened. The topic of snow getting lesser each year was also mentioned recently by a jeweler from Switzerland, noting the decrease of snow in the mountains. The awareness of Global Warming has definitely increased and further bringing the matter to our immediate attention. We, one and all, no matter how small, need to participate in treating our planet with more delicate care.

Kaoru Kay Akihara