Friday, February 02, 2018

Otaru Ski Museum @ Mt Tengu Observatory in Otaru [Hokkaido, Japan]

I noticed the entrance to the Otaru Ski Museum right after i stepped off from the gondola at the summit of Mt. Tengu and decided to check it out while the rest were busy with other attractions on the 532-meter mountain.

Even from the entrance, i can spot the two white statues that appeared to hail from the medieval age in Europe, rather than Asia. Oh well, guess the most important feature would be the set of skis on their feet. 

Although i am unsure if they were antiquated skis, these were the kind that existed 200 years ago! Plain, simple, natural without the vibrant colours we see nowadays.

Two very important men in the history of skiing in Japan; Hans Koller introduced skiing to the land of the rising sun in 1908 whereas Theodor Edler von Lerch taught the Japanese the skiing techniques in 1911. Why the three years difference? No idea! 

This was lost on me but i guess it refers to the popular skiing spots in Hokkaido back when the sport was introduced to the country. 

Worst than the one before this - i don't even know what the above means! Was it a development chart on the surface, material and soles over the years from 1910 to 1980?

Different type of skis. Now, i don't think i am interested in the sport; yes, it looks fun and cool but at my age, i am more worried of the medical and dental expenses should i unfortunately fall and break my brittle bones and teeth. 

Never say never - i might still try it for the sake of experiencing it if i ever get a chance. It's pretty low though since i don't think i will enjoy the cold that comes with snow. 

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Location
Mt. Tengu Observatory,
Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

Website 

Pricing
Free Admission
p.s. ropeway pricing still applies.


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