2019 年 16 巻 1 号 p. 13-22
Since Helset was invited from Norway as the first ski instructor in Japan in 1929, Japan's ski level has improved significantly. This paper clarifies the process of inviting Helset and activities in Japan. Historical materials used for research are diplomatic documents from both countries, ski federation materials, and letters written by Helset to their families. The study revealed the following:
1. Modern Schanze and technical guidance are necessary for the development of the Japanese skiing world, and the Ski Federation planned a training for the leaders with the advice of Chichibu and the financial support of Baron Okura. Therefore, the Norwegian government and the Norwegian Ski Federation accepted the wish of an important invitation from the Japanese imperial family and dispatched the best ski leader Helset and two skiers to Japan.
2. Their activities are to search for candidate sites to create Schanze in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokushinetsu, and Gunma, and to teach and give lectures at ski competitions held in Hokkaido, Niigata, Nagano and Gunma.
Their activities attracted attention in various places, and many people gathered.