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In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

National / History Feb 7, 2016

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

A group of outdoor-loving history buffs in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, has revived the first skiing technique brought to Japan more than a century ago by an Austro-Hungarian Army officer. Established nearly 50 years ago, "Lerch no Kai" (the Society of Lerch) is named after Maj. ...