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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Journey in Japan Part 12: Udon in (three-hundred and) Sixty Seconds

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With the sun directly above me, there is nowhere to hide from the heat. I knew it was going to be hot; the seat on my bright yellow bicycle was already on fire when...

Journey in Japan Part 11: Bike to the Fuchsia

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A cloudy day, but hot, with a cool breeze. The perfect day to cycle. Today I have a lot of motivation. My first stop is a small park on the way to yesterday’s failed...

Journey in Japan Part 10: Rice and Shime

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I wake up at 11 am. Today I head to a place called Dazaifu. It is about fifteen kilometres away. I cycle in a straight line in its general direction. At one speed it should take...

Journey in Japan Part 9: Sentient pigs, neon electric girl

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Today is different. For some reason I don’t feel like myself, I cannot explain how I feel. I just don’t feel right. I decide to sell my second camera, a Nikon. Never used. My...

Journey in Japan Part 8: Mushroom with a View

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I wake up at 10 am full of energy. I hire the hostel bicycle for two hours. Two hundred yen but I don’t mind. The bicycle is bright yellow but I don’t mind. Fukuoka is massive, it...

Journey in Japan Part 7: Florets Get Ready to Grumble

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As my bus crawls into Fukuoka, I wonder what is going on. Traffic is at a standstill everywhere. Traffic lights linger on red a lot longer than usual. We pull into my penultimate stop. It is...

Journey in Japan Part 6: Birds thrown around, bullets for hail

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The largest storm on the planet passed through Beppu last night. The storm had drifted a little south of its predicted trajectory, but we still got hit by the strong winds; they sounded like a Bullet...

Journey in Japan Part 5: Going to Hell

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Outside it is 32°C with 0% precipitation. The weather here goes from one extreme to another. The morning fog is long gone. I take a bike to the supermarket to buy a late breakfast. I buy...

Journey in Japan Part 4: Twelve Hundred Monkeys

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The entrance to Mount Takasaki Monkey Land National Park is at the bottom of a mountain. The mountain is 628 meters high, and the monkeys are about half way up. I pay my ¥510 entrance fee and begin...

Journey in Japan Part 3: Mostly Calmness

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I am woken at 4:47 am to an alarm coming from the direction of the ocean. I look out of the window, it is raining hard. I dart out of bed to check a computer. No...