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Month: December 2016

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 30

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 30

Thursday 18th August 2005 – Mount Yoshino to Iinan Town (吉野山 – 飯南町)Presents received – umé-boshi, Kyushu miso, free camping In a nightmare my room at the youth hostel became a rollercoaster, as I hurtled down the mountainside, swerving to avoid a collision on the assault course of clothes and camping gear hanging above me, and by the time Mr Reach knocked on my door to say goodbye, I was lying sideways across the futon, disorientated and agoraphobic in such…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 35

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 35

Tuesday 23rd August 2005 – Lake Hamana to Shizuoka (浜名湖 – 静岡市)Presents – Mount Fuji photographs, haircut discount, fish restaurant discount, postcards, Guinness After a couple of months of neglect, my hair had become unruly and uncomfortable in the heat (ie. it had grown to about a centimetre and a half long), but while there were scores of barbershops in the city of Hamamatsu – one on every corner, so it seemed – almost all of them were closed. ‘Barbershops…

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