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Japanese Skiing Holidays..? Apparently so!

So, it’s been a while! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas, I certainly did, as I received this undoubted awesomeness:

Of course it’s not ALL about the presents! I had a wonderful time with my family and then my boyfriend’s family too! I’m now back in Oxford, all alone! Meh!

I had a customer yesterday and she was buying a HUGE pair of snow boots so I asked her if she was going anywhere (to wear said snow boots) and she replied that yes, she was going skiing, when I asked where she said Japan.

HOLD THE PHONE!! You can ski in Japan?? I vaguely remember someone telling me this and I was like ‘NAH!’ Surely a joke. I only thought you could ski in Italy..Canada…Sweden and Aspen (the latter is what I have learnt from the movie Dumb and Dumber) admittedly, I know nothing about skiing, I have never been, never really wanted to, though my Iranian friend says she frequently goes skiing in Iran (??!!) So what’s the deal there? Do a lot of people do this? Why have I never heard of this being an activity?

I got to talking to the customer, telling her I was studying Japanese etc and then she was all ‘Oh yeah I studied Japanese!’ WOAH. This is crazy! I’ve never met anyone else from the outside world that has studied it. Obviously she studied it in the real Oxford University and not the dumbass Oxford Brookes like me, but hey, it gives me hope! She told me that after she finished her degree she practically walking into a job for a Japanese bank and hey presto, now she’s going on expensive ski holidays in the Japanese Alps or whatever they are!

I haven’t really decided what I want to do after my degree, I always wanted to move to Japan and work in a coffee shop (really) but now I feel like I should maybe go for something a bit more ambitious. Are there a lot of foreigners working in Japan? Or is there anyone else reading this blog studying/has studied Japanese and would like to tell me about their job prospects?

Anyway, I’m gonna carry on getting fat on all the left over chocolate.

またね

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One response

  1. hideaki

    日本は小さい国だけど、冬は地域によって全く別の顔を持っている。6メートルも雪が積もる豪雪地帯もあれば全く雪が降らない地域もある。北海道から東北、日本海側太平洋側、沖縄まで、全く異なった冬の景色である。
    私の住んでいるところは雪は普通は降らないが、地域によってはスキー場はいっぱいある。北海道の雪質はパウダースノーとかで、とは言って私自身は全くそのパウダースノーの何たるかを知らないが、近年外国人に人気のようである。

    January 1, 2012 at 2:41 am

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