Scottish lad and MTV VJ Darren McMullen spares a few minutes to tell us what he thinks of Japan.
Where are you from?
What do you want to do here in Niseko – have you been here before?
No, I’ve never been here before. I’ve always wanted to snowboard in Japan ever since I started doing ski seasons. I couldn’t think of a better time to do this than right now with MTV. And I’m glad I did because I think Japan’s one of those places that I think if you come and you don’t know any body it would be a completely different experience than when you come here when you’re hooked up.
Tokyo was absolutely off the Richter. Absolutely amazing and I’m looking forward to riding the powder here.
So some crazy nights in Tokyo – can you talk about them?
It wasn’t as freaky as I thought it would be, but I don’t think the gaijins get the best access to the freaky stuff. I don't think they give us access to the bars with the mirrored floors or the places where the more expensive the bottle the higher on the shelf it is on and they climb up to get it. You know, the bars with the dirty women’s pants or the women with dirty pants. I didn’t see any of that; I was a little bit disappointed.
Was there anything that made you look twice in Tokyo?
I went to Harajuku – it was so quirky and bizarre. The Japanese dress like rock stars – all of them. And I almost felt a little daggy walking around there because they put so much effort in.
Have you picked up any Japanese (as in the lingo)?
Konichiwa, gengki desu ka, anata wa kawaii. Just the usual.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Was probably from my dad, who said “Don’t …” I can’t remember now. Something like you can be anything you want in your life.