The Great Alps Of Japan

Approximately a year ago I was sitting on an airplane heading to Japan. At first we flew to Nagoya and from there we had  rented a minivan with a driver. I remember being very enthusiastic about the trip because not only was it great to get to travel to Japan, but also we were going to go ski there. It sounds odd, I know, since skiing is not the first thing that comes up when thinking about Japan. Trust me, the slopes there are stunning.

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The view from the top of the Alps.

 

Happily for us, almost every day spent there was a sunny day. The view was greater that I could ever have imagined. We were there for a week and every single day we skied and every single day you saw something new since the Alps are so large. The best day was probably the first day, since everything was so new. You could also see some monkeys there. Yes, you read correctly, there were monkeys on the trees while we were skiing.

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A monkey sitting on a tree.

The food was the second best thing there. It was so different compared to Finnish food. The sushi that I ate there was wonderful. The pieces looked tremendous and you really tasted the wasabi. It was way more different there than here in Finland. Last but not least, the craziest thing I did there was eating puffer fish, which is deadly if cutted wrongly. It tasted satisfying, but at the same time it was scary to eat it.

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Skiing slope.

To sum up my trip I learned a lot of new things about Japans culture. The Japanese people were very affable, even though many of them did not speak English well. We went to many different restaurants where I learned to eat other Japanese food than just sushi. As a matter of fact I’d love to visit Hakuba some day again.

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  1. #1 by Mrs. Puhakka on January 29, 2015 - 8:47 am

    Contents: Very good
    I love the title! You have a tendency to write as if you were speaking. You are very fluent, but to get to the next level in addition to complex sentence structures (I noticed a few impressive ones) try to use precise, poetic, colorful English (For example, ‘We had a blast.’) with plenty of idioms. Using ALL you senses would also help. What did the fish feel like in your mouth, smell like and look like? If you can’t remember all the details, use your imagination!

    All in all, a fun story with a logical structure!

    Media: Excellent
    What an extraordinary sight – monkeys and snow!

    Grammar: Very good
    – LUCKY for us
    – way more = SLANG -> drastically different from what I was used to
    – if cut wrong (kyse ei ole konditionaalin sivulauseesta vaikka tässä on IF)
    – it tasted satisfACTORY
    – avoid repeating the word THING = vague

  2. #2 by mirosuuronen on December 21, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    You described everything very well and it was nice that you did use more diverse vocabulary than just “good, nice” etc.
    I’d love to visit Japan too.

    • #3 by Mrs. Puhakka on January 8, 2015 - 5:05 pm

      I nice beginning, but for a constructive comment you have to dig deeper and give more precise examples of what was described well and also what could be done better in the future. WHY would you love to visit Japan?
      – you did use = used

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