PM Lee Hsien Loong runs into Singaporeans while holidaying in Japan

While on holiday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ran into the 15-18 National Boys gymnastics team who were training in Tsubame-Sanji with their Japanese coach.
While on holiday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ran into the 15-18 National Boys gymnastics team who were training in Tsubame-Sanji with their Japanese coach.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/LEE HSIEN LOONG
PM Lee is on leave until Dec 31, and has been travelling around Japan to areas including Nagano and Niigata. His first stop was in Tokyo, where he took this picture of the Meiji Temple.
PM Lee is on leave until Dec 31, and has been travelling around Japan to areas including Nagano and Niigata. His first stop was in Tokyo, where he took this picture of the Meiji Temple.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/LEE HSIEN LOONG
PM Lee also visited the snow-flecked Jigokudani Monkey Park, where he watched wild Japanese macaques soaking in hot springs
PM Lee also visited the snow-flecked Jigokudani Monkey Park, where he watched wild Japanese macaques soaking in hot springsPHOTO: FACEBOOK/LEE HSIEN LOONG
PM Lee snapped these photos of happy children in a mall in Karuizawa, saying that "it was fun to do people watching and street photography, without being noticed or recognised".
PM Lee snapped these photos of happy children in a mall in Karuizawa, saying that "it was fun to do people watching and street photography, without being noticed or recognised".PHOTO: FACEBOOK/LEE HSIEN LOONG

SINGAPORE - Even on holiday in wintry Japan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong found himself running into Singaporeans.

"It seems that anywhere I go, Singaporeans aren't too far away!" he quipped in a Facebook post on Dec 24.

PM Lee, who is on leave till Dec 31, came across athletes from the Singapore Gymnastics team who were training in Tsubame-Sanjo, an area in Japan's Niigata prefecture known for its metalwork and production of craftsmen's tools.

The gymnasts' Japanese coach had taken them to his hometown to train together with the local gymnasts, wrote PM Lee.

"Hope both sides are enjoying the experience, and making friends," he added.

Mr Lee, who has been travelling around Japan to areas including Nagano and Niigata, has been posting photos from his trip on his Facebook page.

He said he enjoyed a "white Christmas weekend" in the snowy terrain, taking a hike in Bijin Bayashi Forest, and visiting the snow-flecked Jigokudani Monkey Park, where he watched wild Japanese macaques soaking in hot springs.

"They mostly ignore human visitors, but try Googling 'snow monkey cellphone' to see what can happen if you get too close," he wrote.

Besides Japan's landscapes, Mr Lee also captured photos of its people, such as one of children playing at a mall in Karuizawa, a resort town in the mountains near Nagano.

He wrote: "It was fun to do people watching and street photography without being noticed or recognised!"