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Month: March 2016

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 5

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 5

Sunday 24th July 2005 – Kazoku-Ryokomura-Ajimu to Lake Shidaka (家族旅行村安心院 – 志高湖) Presents received – lunch, Mitsué Cider, tomatoes A couple of hours from Ajimu I called in at a village shop, which was in the same dilapidated style as the izakaya where I had my evening meal in Toridé. There were a few shelves of produce just inside the sliding doors, but the majority of floor space had been given over to a table and chairs, and the proprietor,…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 21

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 21

Tuesday 9th August 2005 – Shikoku-Chuo-Shi to Iyashino-Onsenkyo (四国中央市 – 癒しの温泉郷) Presents received – free showerThe caretaker reappeared at eight in the morning to collect my fee, graciously waiving the cost of the shower I had taken the night before last, and before the sun hit the campsite I was off, up and away from the Seto-Naikai, and once more into the wilderness. While an expressway cut a swathe inland to the south, Route 319 followed the Yoshino River east…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 33

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 33

Sunday 21st August 2005 – Rest day, Nagoya (名古屋) ‘Take a look at this. This is fucking amazing.’Mr Swansea scuppered my hopes of a lie-in by flinging open the curtains at eight o’clock and sitting me in front of the television to watch a video about Naoki Eiga, the former World Kendo Champion. ‘He’s a policeman in Sapporo, and this is what he does every morning before he goes to work. That’s a hundred-tatami-mat room, you know.’Having cleaned the dojo…

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