Kurokawa Onsen Village: Birthday Bananza

Another year, another year older, and as is my custom in January, I celebrated this passing with a party. But not by spending the night at a ‘Spoons, hitting on chicks called Sandra that work in HR whilst holding back Ginger Rob’s hair as he pukes, and not by working on coursework with the deadline… Continue reading Kurokawa Onsen Village: Birthday Bananza

Oita Charity Bike Ride: Kitsuki to Aka

©Scott Kawaguchi

So having limited myself to two casual day cycles in about 24 years, I thought Japan would be the best place to tackle a 2-day, 190km round-route, bike race with friends – the 18th Oita Chairty Bike Ride event. Day One: The Beginning of the Beginning So despite the event not beginning until Saturday morning, my… Continue reading Oita Charity Bike Ride: Kitsuki to Aka

Aso: A stroll around 阿蘇

Natural spring in Aso

Off to back of our Izumi Crane tour, we’re were invited by a Minami-Aso tourist group to experience and improve their tour of Mount Aso, and surrounding areas – here’s my story. Having spent the night in Takata, I gave myself a 30 minute headstart on the journey. Despite some issues (like my car not… Continue reading Aso: A stroll around 阿蘇

Beppu: To Hell(s) and Back

Another Japanese National Holiday – Coming of Age Day – so that can mean only one thing! A chance to travel, and try something new, with my usual partner in crime – Lachalu Buusu! Saturday – In which we Learn the Value of Toes Arriving at Oita station, I greeted Buusu with the sounds of her… Continue reading Beppu: To Hell(s) and Back