Japanese are taking to the ice, both indoors and out, as the nation experiences a boom in skating.
cable car high in mountains; views of mountains; skaters leaving cable car at lakeside; Mr. Fuji in background; people skating on Lake Hakone; exterior of a skating rink in Tokyo; inside the rink; people putting on their skates; crowds skating at the rink; crowds skating at the lake, at the rink, a beginner falters and is helped by another skater; skaters displaying fancy form.
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Background: Japanese are taking to the ice, both indoors and out, as the nation experiences a boom in skating. Like golf, skiing, and bowling, anything that becomes as "in" fad in Japan very quickly is crowded past capacity by thousand of enthusiasts eager to be seen by other thousands of enthusiasts. The boom is good news to manufacturers of skating equipment, sweater, jackets and slacks-and, probably, to manufacturers of adhesive bandages and iodine.
While thousands of skaters produce traffic congestion on frozen lakes in such mountain resorts as Hakone, at the base of Mt. Fuji, more thousands unable to get away from the capital flock to big indoor rinks in Tokyo.