Day 21 – Riki is in town – HIS version

One of the obvious benefits of working with Japanese bees is being able to pick up on some Japanese words. お疲れ様です! Otsukaresamadesu! is a common phrase to cheer for good work when you see someone that seems a bit tired.

and i did this over newly fallen snow. Tell me it looks like our bee.

My earlier evening was to witness and enjoy traditional Japanese instrumental music!

The traditional Japanese instruments being played is actually made from materials NO LONGER available, at least legally.

This shamisen or samisen (三味線, literally “three strings”) is partly made with cat leather. Specially, the breast part of the cat. Which seems insane in today’s standard.

And these finger picks used to play the Koto (Japanese: 箏) is made from elephants. Well, elephant ivory.


It has been frustrating to see people always queuing up at a convenience store nearby. WHY QUEUE when you can get your groceries EASIER and FASTER with honestbee? 


Tonight has been one of the best nights here so far. First up after work at 10pm, we had our dinner, what I think to be, one of the best restaurants in Hirafu – miwamiwa.



Mr Riki, our Japan lead came visiting us.

We had our second round after dinner to KARAOKE afterwards! I can’t remember the last time I went to one. 

I’m not drunk here, I just want to experience Niseko’s wind and snow in its entirety by putting my head out up the roof of our land cruiser.

Time for another round of FUN!

It’s midnight, this place is clean and bright without smells. This completely changed my view towards Karaoke.

They even give you instruments to play along with while you (or your friends) sing. +100 points for Japan.

Just look at each of our faces to see how much we enjoyed singing Justin Bieber, One Direction, Bon Jovi, and countless other Japanese songs.

We ended our night at 4am. This bond is strong. May the force be with us.

#worldscoolestjob Day 16 – HER version


Our bee mascot has finally arrived! I think it is absolutely adorable. There were a number of modification that had to be done, but it was worth the effort. The Japanese shopper bees helped name it Bee-Chan! How kawaii is that, but if it was up to me, I would have named it Ko Ko, for Niseko, or well something along those lines?

But… it is kind of a running joke that everyone thinks it look pretty freaky at some angles, but I’m still pretty subjective about that one. You be the judge?

Snap this picture at superhouse where Yuta off the light and suggested that I take the photo while I asked Taka to look scared. HAHAHA okay, Bee-chan really looks scary here, but in proper lighting, bee-chan is so cute!



The weather outside is frightful. I always heard this line in one of my favourite Chirstmas songs, NOW I know exactly how it feels like. Today was one of those days where you just want to stay home. But despite that, the honestbee team here is so hardworking. They grab bee-chan and went to the street in this blizzard to promote!


Yuta and Yuko, partners in crime, giving out publicity materials on the street. Cui Lin is inside Bee-Chan.

Like I mentioned before, really inspired by their determination. I hit the streets with them. At the end of it, my face was completely numb in the biting cold, same as my toes and hands too. 

Cameras don’t really do justice to the weather, and here you can kinda see how strong the snowfall is


Yesterday, I ordered from the honestbee app! I bought a bunch of things 😀 It was so simple, with a few taps on my phone, I got all the groceries I need for the week without leaving the house. So after a long day out in the cold, I decided to cook the salmon I bought when I got home.

YUMS! It was so easy to cook them, and can I mention delicious too!


This is the mark of the middle of the #worldscoolestjob experience. It has been crazy ride so far. But a lot of times I get so caught up with work, and have these moments where I suddenly realize that I am really in Japan, working along side local people in a foreign environment! WOW

honestbee, leaving a mark wherever we go.

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