I was lucky enough to experience skiing in Japan earlier this year with my youngest brother Simon and four good mates. This was my first ever trip to Japan and although we didn’t see much apart one very small part of the country on the northern island of Hokkaido I saw enough to know just how lovely the Japanese are, ever willing to please and help with any request, they are gentle, easily approachable, ever so polite, have great food, are proud and welcoming.
One occasion that springs to mind – Simon and Troy were having trouble finding one of the two ATM’s in the town we were staying at and asked a Japanese lady for some directions. Instead of pointing the way, she and her dog accompanied the the two all over town until she tracked it down in the foyer of a hotel at the top of a large hill and well out of her way. The boys kept insisting that they would be fine with some directions but she would have none of it and trudged on through the snow lined streets till they were standing before the machine.
I look forward to seeing more of their beautiful country and people and truly hope that they can recover from their great loss in the recent tsunami and earthquake. There is nowhere on earth that deserves to face such devastation and loss but it seems particularly unfair that it had to be Japan that copped the full brunt, especially after visiting their amazing country.
All of us had a terrific time and all vow to return as soon as we can for more great skiing and holiday experiences. Below are a few photos of the trip.