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Month: January 2015

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 7

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 7

Monday 26th July 2005 – Kokonoé Town to Mount Aso (九重町 – 阿蘇山) Presents received – salad, Pocari Sweat I unzipped my tent flap the next morning to find breakfast already served: the middle-aged couple had left another paper plate-full of food, and although I wouldn’t normally choose to eat mixed salad with Thousand Island dressing before about midday, it was gratefully received. My fellow campers had already gone out for the day, so I popped a polite thank-you note…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 31

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 31

Friday 19th August 2005 – Iinan Town to Iseshima (飯南町 – 伊勢志摩)Presents received – can of coffeePerhaps it was the onset of madness, or just a sign that I had become less self-conscious about being apparently the only gaijin cycle tourist in the whole country, but I had begun to talk to myself rather a lot, and not just in an effort to practise my grammar. I now kept a running commentary for most of the day, which is all…

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Wrong Way Round – Day 18

Wrong Way Round – Day 18

Asahikawa – Nayoro (旭川 – 名寄市) 126km Today was a strange day, and one that in retrospect I probably should have taken off and spent sightseeing in Asahikawa – I could have gone to Asahiyama Zoo, for example, which is probably the second most famous in the country behind Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Instead, though, I headed north through the suburbs and took a wrong turn at pretty much the first junction I came to. This led me over four…

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