My son is about to go on his first ever ski trip with classmates. This an annual event at his school. Like most organized trips and events in Japan, this one has been heavily planned. As many are worried about the new flu, students are required to bring masks for each day of the trip AND a thermometer, so they can take their temperature every morning. They also have to fill out a check list every day, answering questions such as “Do you have a headache?” and “Have you had a bowel movement?” When I hooted about this, my son, of course, frowned at me and said, “It’s the health check.” (He’s very rule-oriented.)
Some other rules for this trip: No mufflers or scarves are allowed because, well, they might cause choking. And although last year the kids were invited to bring a book to read on the long bus ride, this year reading material is prohibited because of potential motion sickness.
Is it just me, or is this all a bit extreme? Never mind that people are often injured while skiing.
At any rate, we got our first snow of the season here yesterday, so it looks like the slopes will be ready for my son and his friends.