Who is Martin Williams?
I met Martin Williams for the first and only time in Tokyo (Japan). During a training stay in the Japanese metropolis, an athlete who trained and studied at the University of Tsukuba invited me to a friend's house on a trainingfree Sunday. I accepted his invitation. On the way there,
the student told me that this man was considerably older than us. He added somewhat cautiously that he would discuss his important
decisions with this man, since the fatherly friend would have a large wealth of experience and a foresigh...
To my surprise, no Japanese opened the door of the house for us. The man I estimated to be about 50 years old introduced himself with the name Martin Williams. He told us that he was born in the US and has been living in Japan for 20 years. At that moment I became curious
and began to ask him questions...
Me: Why did you emigrate?
Martin Williams: Look out the window. See that mountain overthere? It's Mount Fuji. You can ski on its snow-covered peak. Have you ever skied before?
Me: Yes, I am. But what does that have to do with my question?
Martin Williams: Most skiers use the piste to ski down the mountain. It is supposedly the safest way, but when these people look up at the piste, they do not see their track. There are too many people who drove down the mountain before andafter them. Significantly fewer winter sports enthusiasts go off-piste.
You are taking a higher risk because driving through the deep snow is more dangerous. When they arrive in the valley, they can look up the mountain and follow their trail. They have left their mark, although their skills and equipment do not necessarily have to differ from those of
the skiers on the slopes. Maybe now you can understand why I emigrated...