As some long forgotten man once said. "Here be cold and here be snow". The canals are covered by thin layer of ice, too thin for the popular sport, or hobby, of skating. The snow covers the ice so it looks safe but it isn't. The Netherlands are basically flat. Yet here in Hoofddorp one can find a skislope. But there is no snow on it. Its a fake skislope with some sort of covering that makes it feel almost exactly like anything but snow. And right next to it is The Japanese restaurant. Really nice place where the food is cooked in front of you.