Believe it or not....
Japan is THE largest ski market in the world.
Bigger than Europe, bigger than North America!
And their taste in colors and graphics are not to be believed. They will take a model of ski which is very popular here in the US, change the name, change the graphics, and sell the hell out of it over there.
Example- the K2 FOUR. Simple Red, White, Blue w/ black base
In Japan- it became the "SCORCHER", burnt orange with a little Tasmanian devil type character on them, w/ yellow bases.
Gart Sports brought several hundred pair back into the US a couple of years ago, and sold them at SNIAGRAB.