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Month: July 2016

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 2

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 2

Thursday 21st July 2005 – Toridé to Tokyo (取手 – 東京)Presents received – beer Presents given – beer After a fitful night’s sleep, I became definitively convinced at about eight in the morning that I was not alone. While all previous activity had sounded like a rampaging wild animal and almost certainly been nothing of the sort, there was now an unidentified person milling around outside the tent. I struggled awkwardly into my shorts and t-shirt, and braced myself for…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 26

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 26

Sunday 14th August 2005 – Himeji to Kobé (姫路 – 神戸)Presents received – dinner Mr Kanagawa woke me at five a.m. to say that he was off to find a café and write his diary, and such an early start could either have been force of habit, or because he found it difficult to sleep in what for him were unusual conditions (in a subsequent email, he described the Somen Campsite as ‘probably the scariest place’ he had stayed during…

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Wrong Way Round – Day 29

Wrong Way Round – Day 29

Setana – Esashi (せたな – 江差) 91km A short ferry ride from Setana lies Okushiri-toh (奥尻島 / literally ‘centre buttocks island’ – yes, as usual, your guess is as good as mine), which on the night of 12th July 1993 was witness to one of Japan’s worst natural disasters of recent times. Following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake just off the coast, within three minutes the island was hit by the first wave of a tsunami, and just seven minutes after that…

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