An initiative over the COVID-impacted 2020/21 season saw Japanese office workers move their jobs to the ski slopes with the help of decked out vans equipped with WiFi, electricity, electric blankets and Bluetooth speakers.

The scheme was launched by a group of Japanese tech companies.

“The communication environment is in place to let you work anytime, anywhere, wherever you like”, says Kengo Saisho of the Daihatsu Motor regional revitalisation team, in a video published by the South China Morning Post.

Japanese workers move their offices to the ski slopes

Parked at Ikentotaira Ski Resort and ready for a hard day of work

Footage shows two workers stationed in the car park at Ikenotaira Ski Resort in Myoko Kogen.

“I really love snowboarding, and in Tokyo now I don’t go to the office so often”, says Ayaka Nushida.

“Instead, I work remotely, but I like it because I can snowboard while working in this van.”

The video then cuts to the Nushida taking a well-deserved break with her friend and fellow snowboarder, Sayaka Ishida.

““I was working in the morning and now I’m a little tired, so I’m going snowboarding”, says Ishida.

“If I receive any calls, I’ll go back to work again in the van.”

At the time of publishing, the program was due to end in March 2021. If it’s back for 2021/22, sign us up!