a The Transit Lounge: Fashion on the Field

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Monday, January 4

Fashion on the Field

The skiing in Japan is great. The fashion hitting the mountains is even better. My theory - which is actually a Darwinian Theory (literally) - is that back in the day of Japan's bubble economy, so going back to the late 80s/early 90s, skiing hit the big time. Everyone in Japan wanted a piece of it. And so they bought up big from equipment and kit to the clothes and gear. Because in Japan looking the part means you are 90% of the way there (never mind ability).

Now think about what was fashionable during that time. Yes men in neons and pinks, parachute material, shoulder pads and a somewhat ghastly mix of it all. And the people skiing back then are still skiing today, wearing that same kit (and possibly passing on old outfits to their own kids too). And it literally applies to the skiers only as boarding really only took off in Japan after the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Have a look:

Pretty much impossible to have a white out on the summit with this much hot colour going on.

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