Some time ago French free skier Sarah Martinias contacted me to ask a few questions about skiing in Japan. I have been on 4 ski trips to the land of the rising sun and every time I go back I swear its not my last. Even though we hadn’t met, Sarah and I cooked up a plan to go shoot a story for French media in the Nagano region, as this is my favourite place to ski in Japan. With any trip comes months of planning, organising, emails going back and forth. I was to meet Sarah along with free skiers Fabrice Dompnier, Frank Bigourdan and snowboarder Marion Gouwy at Tokyo Airport, all ready to start a two week ski adventure deep in the Japanese Alps. I arrived in Tokyo the night before my new French friends so took it upon myself to visit Tsukiji Fish market. This is the worlds biggest fish market and it happens in Tokyo every morning, you have to get there early and I was there to watch the organised chaos unfold from 5am. Unfortunately the tuna auction was closed the morning I went but there was still plenty to look at. I find it pretty sad that that many fish are pulled daily from the sea, I do understand that its ancient culture for the Japanese, but I’m afraid that our seas are so fragile and won’t be able to recover if we carry on fishing at this rate.
After a hectic less than 12 hrs in Tokyo I headed back to the airport to welcome my new French friends to the land of Japan. None of them had been to Japan before so I was excited to show them around my favourite places.
Huge thanks to my friends at Classic Resorts Japan for having us. Thanks to Amy and Shiro Shimizu in Myoko, and to Akakura Central Hotel for having us to stay. Thanks to Akira Mori for his kind hospitality and karaoke singing and for having us to stay at Ryokan Jonnobi . Huge thanks to Yojiro Fukushima for hosting us in Hakuba, snowboadring with us, letting me cuddle his children and having us to stay at Hakuba Tokyu Hotel. Im happy to call all these people my friends after so many wonderful visits to their resorts in Japan.