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220120 Hakuba we are coming!

Judy’s birthday and Let it snow............a week of falling over awaits!

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After a seemingly long train trek from Kanazawa to Hakuba in the Nagano region we made it to our apartment, home for the next week! A supermarket trip to acquire the basics and necessities and a little walk around our immediate area to find our locals!
Seemingly we have traversed countries and landed smack bang in little Australia. The restaurant staff are Australian........our hosts are Australian, the staff at the ski shop are Australian.......we are quite disappointed as the cultural side of Japan has just disappeared! That quick! The last Japanese we heard was at the last station, 20 minutes away! It’s like an Australian bubble in Japan.
Today is Judy’s birthday, so we’ve booked a luxurious dinner at Mimi’s an Italian restaurant. We arrive dressed in our finery- snow boots, trousers, thermals and puffer jackets and the waiters, and maître de speak with Italian accents.......English speaking of course. Wtf? Where are we? We don’t know whether to say gracias, prego, arigato or thanks mate.
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The meal was delicious. We giggled our way through, eavesdropping on the nearby tables.....beside us, the American dude, with his much younger second wife and his son, who called his new wife by her first name. The table behind us with the loud Australian woman talking about how wonderful Aspen is in winter and everyone should go there........Judy said she felt like she should maybe talk Cantonese......she did, I made it up, and we lost ourselves giggling. Giggling until we cried! Birthday cake, candles, a hushed happy birthday tune and we were in that spot again. The one where our stomach skin actually was close to bursting and letting our innards fall out! We waddled to the car to get home!

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Skis at the ready......lessons booked, tomorrow we ski ( or in Mick’s case, snowboard!)

Posted by Jochester71 14:14 Archived in Japan

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