Tokyo guzzler: January 2015, part 1 – Ski trip to Hakuba

What a busy month!

It feels like we literally haven’t stopped during the month of January. I’ve started my new job; we’ve had our first visitor from back home; Maz has been on a work jolly trip to San Diego; and for the last few days we’ve both been snowboarding in Hakuba with school. It’s been exhausting!

Some photos from January:

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He was exhausted! In fact he looked so tired, I think he’s probably still asleep somewhere on the Tokyo metro system.

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Where’s Gerrard? The Tokyo equivalent of Where’s Wally. Bottom right clearly didn’t get the memo. Chants of “Riverpoor, Riverpoor” rang around the pub.

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Anyone for fish on a stick?

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Our vessle, after a nice boat / spaceship trip down the river from Asakusa to Odaiba.

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Anyone for ass meat? When put so delicately, how could one resist?

For most of the last week I have been in Hakuba, which is about 275 km north-west of Tokyo. It was the annual school ski trip. It was generally good fun, despite a 5 hour coach trip in each direction. It was my first experience of snowboarding and, after the pain it inflicted upon my entire body, quite possibly my last! I even managed to play my first gig in nearly 10 years after making an unscheduled appearance behind the drums during the school music evening:

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Day one in Hakuba. Relatively injury free at this point. On the piste.

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Every time I rode the ski lift, it reminded me of that film where three students get stuck after the operator clocked off for the day. All of them met a grizzly end.

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I’d never seen so much snow.

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Final morning and we’d advanced to the intermediate slopes. And my pain was also advancing at an equally rapid rate.

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View from the top of the run.

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By the end of the trip, I’d become an expert at getting off the ski lift. Before this however, I’d made myself look like a complete arse by falling off on several occasions.

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One lad decided that he’d rather walk up the mountain than get the ski lift. 45 minutes it took him to get to the top of the slope. Nutty.


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