Kota had the wonderful idea of meeting at 9am at his work office somewhere in Taketa – this off the back of a night in Mie trying to finish off all the alcohol in my apartment before moving out the next day! By 8am we were off, checking in the Everyone konbini for some hiking… Continue reading Kuju: Climbing 久住山
“Cut off a wolf’s head and it still has the power to bite.” Apparently, but alas I was unable to test this hypothesis during my recent trip to Yakushima, aka, the scenic inspiration for studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke/もののけ姫. Setting off from Oita city with my travel companions, R & L, we didn’t depart until nearly… Continue reading Yakushima: On a Quest for Princess Mononoke
For the final instalment of my adventurous Summer holidays, it was time to climb Fujisan! Famous from its appearance in ukiyo-e block prints, its a iconic status can only be matched by anime and crazy Japanese electronics. Thursday: Arigatou Mr Robotou Always a joy to shorten the work week, I woke up at 0515 on a Thursday morning,… Continue reading Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji
My second vacation during the Summer Holidays saw me visit Hong Kong, and reunite with my best friend, Ginger Rob! Friday 7th August So after a stressful morning of having my yearly medical, of being told I shouldn’t have eaten, and may have to rearrange my medical that afternoon, I was aboard my 1207 Miemachi… Continue reading Hong Kong: Reunion
Finally the summer vacation has arrived and so begins my first trip of the summer – Taiwan with fellow Brit and JET, Emma, who I met in London Orientation almost exactly a year ago! Saturday 24th July: A quest to find a hotel After an initial hiccough, wherein we discovered that the airport had 2… Continue reading Taiwan: Hiking, hiking, HIKING!