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.
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.