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Month: January 2016

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 8

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 8

Wednesday 27th July – Rest day, Mount Aso (阿蘇山) ‘Hello? Excuse me?’ It was only eight in the morning and already they had tracked me down. ‘Sorry to bother you, but would you mind stepping outside for a moment?’ Presumably this was the campsite’s manager, and as he shuffled around outside the tent, I contemplated getting out of my sleeping bag, getting dressed, stepping outside for a moment and going through the formalities of paying for my pitch. Then I…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 12

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 12

Sunday 31st July 2005 – Akiyoshidai Auto Camp to Hagi City (秋吉台 – 萩市)Presents received – tenugui At some point in the previous few years, Yamaguchi Prefecture must have come into possession of a job-lot of yellow paint, because everything here seemed to be covered in it, from crash barriers to road signs, fences to kerbstones. Also, the roofs of most buildings were clad in the same black tiles, so that the place had an air of municipal uniformity about…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 41

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 41

Monday 29th August 2005 – Rest day, Tokyo (東京)Presents received – lunchPresents given – pint of Carlsberg Renting an apartment can be a difficult business if you are foreign, because many landlords are under the impression that you will neglect to pay the bills, neglect to pay the rent and then disappear back to your home country without warning. So unless your employer acts as guarantor, the only other option is to live in a gaijin house. Gaijin houses are…

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