Avoiding niseko syndrome

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  • Hi Chris,

    Niseko ski resort wasn't the main focus of this 5 minute talk. It was being used as a simplified analogy to describe challenges faced at a computer programming conference held in Tokyo.

    I'm glad that you socialise well with Japanese people in Niseko.

    Andrew
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  • Wow,

    Without knowing the background to your piece I wonder whether the 'Niseko Syndrome' you describe is prevalent amongst locals or is more of an 'Andrew Grimm in Niseko Syndrome'...

    I'm 100% Australian, but when I'm in Niseko I hang out with Japanese people, ride with Japanese people, and go to Japanese owned, operated, & staffed restaurants. There are so many cool locals with amazing stories about finding their spiritual home in the shadows of Annupuri that every time I go there I feel blessed to meet another person with an awe-inspring story to share.

    But maybe that's just the Niseko I know and love...
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Avoiding niseko syndrome

  1. 1. Andrew GrimmRubyHiroba 2013
  2. 2. What’s “Niseko Syndrome”?
  3. 3. Niseko ski resort Ski resort in Hokkaido, Japan
  4. 4. Niseko has been Australianized Skiers are Australian Staff are Australian Food is Australian Even the geisha is Australian! (Sayuki)
  5. 5. Why go there? If the skiers are Australian, the staff areAustralian, the food is Australian, andthe geisha is Australian, why go there? Because the snow is Japanese!
  6. 6. Not stupid, just scared Some people would call this “stupid” I’d call it “understandable” Doing something different is difficult Doing something different is scary
  7. 7. RubyKaigi problems People socialize only with their friends Japanese only socialize, have lunch withJapanese Non-Japanese only socialize, havelunch with non-Japanese Japanese people without romaji(alphabet spelling) on name tag
  8. 8. Strategies
  9. 9. Meet new people with friend Find an existing friend Meet new people with them
  10. 10. Find bilingual people Find someone bilingual Socialize with a whole group with his orher help
  11. 11. Name tags Japanese people, please put somealphabetical letters (romaji) on yourname tag If you don’t want your real name inromaji, put a username (twitter, github)in romaji
  12. 12. English Just learn!
  13. 13. Japanese Just learn! (A few phrases)

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