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  2. Thanks TheOrange. I would also love to see photos like that. But, as you suggested it's... difficult. There's literally (almost) no such photos to be found online as many of these areas existed before the internet came along and before people had digital photos. So you'd have to know people who had printed photos. Finding them is a challenge. I looked into trying to get some from this area - Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma - without much success. I did find a few, but there was a reluctance for them to be shared. And I'm certainly not going to use anything without permission. So, for now, we'll just have to make do with what there is. AL
  3. What are accommodations doing right now re: overseas guests. Offering free cancellations up until late year if you book or something? Can we wake up from this soon?
  4. What a really great idea! I'm going to enjoy going through all that. Thanks for putting it together. I'd love to see photos from way back when these places were open. Or even from places that are still open, of course. (Realise that would probably be very difficult).
  5. Added 11th July: Biei Town, Hokkaido https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-biei-kokusetsu-tokachidake
  6. Added 6th July: Mountain Park Tsunan, Niigata https://www.snowjapan.com/community/index.php?/topic/26267-mountain-park-tsunan/
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    Kokusetsu Tokachidake

    SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Kokusetsu Tokachidake Biei Town, Hokkaido https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-biei-kokusetsu-tokachidake
  8. Thank you. And there's more too!
  9. Very nice work. I would never have known those two places in Iiyama (Shinanodaira and Iiyama Kokusai) existed. Very interesting. Have loads still to read, but keep them coming!
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  11. Thanks muikabochi, it has been a lot of fun. I didn't know about that place either. Found it on a very old map. Even a few people living right there didn't know about it. I think they thought I was mad! It's a real challenge trying to find info about some of these small places from many years back. I don't think there are any more Minamiuonuma surprises! (Let me know if/when you are up in the area).
  12. Hey look, I found it! That sure came out of nowhere. https://www.snowjapanhistory.com I'm kind of embarrassed to learn that I lived close to a ski area.... that I never knew existed. Komaruyama in Muikamachi >> seriously, I had never heard anything about that. Seriously, well done on an excellent job. Looks like you have been very busy indeed. I'll be enjoying reading it all. (PS Surely no more Minamiuonuma surprises?)
  13. I know I'd be interested! ..... ..........
  14. Where are we, July? Hmmm. Not seeing much change since I last posted in May. Damn. That permanent resident thing, sounds like there are changes you could be given permission but I can't imagine it being a smooth and easy process. I dread thinking how frustrating that might get. It does seems way overly strict to not allow those folk to come back.
  15. Since January I have been working on a new personal project and today, at last, I am happy to be able to share it: www.snowjapanhistory.com SnowJapanHistory.com is an affectionate look back at ski areas from Japan’s past. The site is starting off introducing 101 ski areas across 14 prefectures and there will be regular updates. Weekly updates to SnowJapanHistory will be noted on a new FB page here: www.facebook.com/snowjapanhistory If you are interested and check it out, please be sure to read the About page for the story behind this project and why it exists. Thank you. AL
  16. Weekly site updates will be noted on a new FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/snowjapanhistory
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    Mountain Park Tsunan

    SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Mountain Park Tsunan Tsunan Town, Niigata Prefecture https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-tsunan-mountain-park-tsunan
  18. Since January I have been working on a new personal project and today, at last, I am happy to be able to share it: www.snowjapanhistory.com SnowJapanHistory.com is an affectionate look back at ski areas from Japan’s past. The site is starting off introducing 101 ski areas across 14 prefectures and there will be regular updates. If you are interested and check it out, please be sure to read the About page for the story behind this project and why it exists. Thank you. AL
  19. Are documents like that purposefully written in language that is hard to understand? Why can't they be written in simple words that non lawyers will understand. Grrr.
  20. Hmmm, convoluted, but I think I read it as anyone with a permanent resident visa (or some other categories) qualifies for re-entry under "special exceptional circumstances," but I'd check w/immigration before leaving Japan. Then there are the "humanitarian" exceptions (eg, you travel to visit/care for an ill relative) and you can come back. It doesn't spell out the quarantine procedures, but of course that's a different ministry's responsibility so we don't want to clutter up our verbiage with theirs...🙅‍♂️
  21. They said generally people will be denied entry, apart from special humanitarian exceptions. Those were clarified on Friday: http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf So basically it seems the 14 day quarantine thing only applies to people with a Japanese passport. Unless I'm wrong, of course. I'm not too good at understanding longwinded legal sounding documents.
  22. My understanding is that you must have a pre-arranged location for a 14-day quarantine, and private transport to that location. Major PITA to be sure, but I don't think you're denied entry, especially with a PRV (but, I've been wrong before...).
  23. Right now, unless I am mistaken, if I leave Japan and try to come back... I won't be let back in - even with my permanent residence visa. That does not seem right. I'm sure they'll be happy to keep on taking my taxes while I am refused entry. I really hope that changes sharpish, and then things open up again in the coming months.
  24. Friend of mine works for a ski-jo, they are looking to Asian travel opening up by autumn and feeling quite positive for something better than a disaster. Better than total doom and gloom outlook, I suppose!
  25. Slippery Jim

    Anyone have experience with forwarding services?

    The ones I've looked into all make it clear that you are responsible for any customs, taxes, etc. When I've had things shipped directly in the past, it's been hit/miss on customs duty, but when I've had to pay it's been pretty reasonable. Funny aside: The last time I had a pair of skis shipped to me, I received an e-mail from the Yokohama Customs office questioning the shipment value. Turned out the person who took care of the shipment put a value of USD 1 on the customs form, and YC didn't think that was accurate (tho the skis were obviously used). I told them how much I'd actually paid, but they asked me to get an e-mail from the shipper to back up my story. The person was very apologetic, saying he thought it would save me from paying any duty, and sent me a formal valuation e-mail immediately, which I then forwarded to YC, and my skis were delivered two days later -- with no customs charge.
  26. I saw that too. I am guessing not quite normal. Hopefully the world will catch a break and things might go better/quicker than looks likely. Let us hope that the SNOW itself will be normal or normal+! Another 19-20 would be quite depressing.
  27. muikabochi

    Anyone have experience with forwarding services?

    Do those folks include custom charges in their charges? Or are they slapped on extra? Sometimes wondered about using something like that but always just seems too expensive when I have looked.
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