So, Gabriella and I are nearly giddy with excitement at the possibility of running a workshop in Niseko, the St. Moritz of Japan. One of the premier ski destinations in the world, it is also a stunningly beautiful area in the summer. The hosts are two awesome guys that are super excited to make a go of this. We are wanting to get a sense of how many of you would join us at a workshop in Niseko in September 2014. One of the really fun perks of this workshop is that lodging for all of us will be essentially free at a ski lodge just 5 minutes from site (a shuttle will take us to the site each day and then back again). To see more about the ski lodge accomodations, click here.  If you are potentially interested, please let us know by emailing info@strawbale.com. There wouldn’t be any obligation to participate of couse, we are just getting a pulse for level of interest. Below is a description in the hosts’ own words:

JapanThis is Joshua and Jed and we are the potential hosts.  The Applegate Cottage build workshop would take place in Niseko. The workshop site has a great view of Yotei-san (the local volcano) and is really close to the ski resort.  Niseko is an amazing place to live.  It is one of the best places for skiing and snowboarding in the world because of how much snow we get.  In the summer it offers mountain biking, hiking, and Japan 2rafting.  There are heaps of hot springs in the area too!  We will be using a ski lodge as accommodation for the workshop.  The ski lodge is about a five-minute drive from our building site, and it has a huge kitchen and about 16 rooms that we can use.  We will shuttle everyone to and from the site. Japan is an amazing place to travel, and it is not nearly as expensive as you might expect.  I recommend getting a JR rail pass which lets you travel around for a week on every train including the shinkansen (bullet train).

Contrary to popular belief, Japan is really easy to get around as a foreigner.  Almost all of the signs are in English, and the transportation system is amazing.  If you do decide to attend, we
Japan 6would recommend spending an additional week and visiting Tokyo and Kyoto.  Tokyo is incredible!  It is a huge city with many high-end shopping districts, Temples and other sites.  However, it also has amazing parks.  You can walk from Shinjuku station, where 1.5 million people pass through each day, to Shinjuku Gyoen park where you will forget you are still in the largest city in Japan.  After a few days in Tokyo, Japan 4take the bullet train to Kyoto.  Kyoto is famous for its temples.  Kiyomizu temple (pure water temple), Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion), and Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) should not be missed.  We think you would have an amazing time at taking part in our workshop and travelling around Japan!

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Andrew Morison is a specialist in straw bale and green construction. He has shown thousands of people how to build their own straw bale projects through his comprehensive series of instructional straw bale, concrete foundation, and plastering DVDs, as well as his hands on workshops. You can check these out at www.StrawBale.com/store.

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