Ups and Downs

That was my weekend.  Up the ski lift, down the hills.  On a snowboard. 

Often times in Japan, your emotions and sense of self goes in this same pattern: up and down (minus the ski lift of course). Being in a culture so different from your own for an extended period of time can lead to some down times when you feel you need to be around people you are familiar with or simply you just want to be alone.  This is commonly known as culture shock.  On the otherhand, you get the benefits of being submerged in something so new, fresh, intriguing and fascinating and different from your own culture that its all worth it.  Since coming to Japan I have felt at ease here, have experienced some downs, but the ups are so wonderful and motivating that I keep smiling and know that Japan is a special place.  Usually the swings between the two states of mind of culture shock can range from 1 week to 1 month or more, but this past weekend the ups and downs were as frequent as I could get to the ski lift, and snowboard down the mountain. 
1. At a tokyo bus station. Everyone lining up to get their ski passes and bus tickets.  Busy.
2. This is where I went. 3. Main ski lodge and lift.
Below: Random pics from the Ski weekend.

You will have “ups” and “downs” in life like everyone else, but be on the optimistic side and think of it reversely in the mind of a snowboarder.  The “ups” are really the times when you just need to ride it out, be patient and enjoy the moment and views.  The “downs” are when you really need to put in the work to have a fun time while you are at it.  ’cause at the end of the day, you will be on flat ground and standing proud with your head up.  Ups and downs.

GP out.
Shout outs to Haroon F. Mirza – Happy birthday bro.


~ by frischfarms on February 19, 2007.

6 Responses to “Ups and Downs”

  1. These are great pics! I like your analogy of snowboarding to life’s trials and tribulations. There will always be highs and lows but it’s your own personal outlook on life that will ultimately determine how you perceive your world. Stay positive and stay optimistic and you’ll go far. 🙂

  2. The ski area looks like some areas in BC that I have been in – a quaint and beautiful little place. Doesn’t look like a huge ski lodge and area or is it one of many in the area? Must have been wonderful to get out of the city and enjoy the fresh air and be outdoors with the trees and snow and have few neon lights. You sound homesick though.

  3. Hey gabe! The pics are awesome…looks like where Nikki is from! Being in Nagano must have been so awesome- the skiing looks amazing! I’d probably just wipeout down the whole hill hahaha
    I wish I could have seen it! Being away from Tokyo must have cleared your lungs a bit haahaha, the air must have felt so clean.
    gabe you sound homesick…

  4. Amy:
    Thanks for the comment. Optimism goes a long way. What you up to with your site these days?

    Yes, Nagano was great. There were 3 ski hills in the area and you can ski/snowboard to them all, close by. It was my first time to see snow this year! Not homesick but rather just explaining what its like to live in another country.

    When we get time, lets go snowboarding together. It is really nice, but I know that BC is better as I have been to Whistler.
    I don’t sound homesick, but rather I as just discussing what culture shock is to help explain my point.

  5. GP, I just read the shout out – thanks bro!

  6. HFM,
    Thanks for posting a comment. I hope you did have a good birthday.

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