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Month: April 2017

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 10

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 10

Friday 29th July – Chikuzen-Iwaya to Shimonoseki (筑前岩屋 – 下関)Presents given – Kyushu Mapple Further and further up the valley I went, until the narrow road ventured into the woods and signs of human habitation began to peter out. Drizzle turned to rain, rain became a downpour, and I had to stop and lean the Mariposa against a tree. Standing under the densest cover of cedar branches I could find, I waited, and for ten, twenty, thirty minutes, there was…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 14

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 14

Tuesday 2nd August 2005 – Rest day, Hikimi (匹見) Presents received – instant coffee, toast, salad, can of beer I am terrible with names, particularly Japanese ones, and I am ashamed to say that I know the names of hardly anyone I met during the six weeks of my trip. Either they told me and I forgot, or I neglected to ask in the first place, although I have since had an interesting conversation on the subject with a customer…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 23

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 23

Thursday 11th August 2005 – Kamiyama to Naruto (神山町 – 鳴門)Presents received – two beers, chips, salad, extra hour’s onsen charge ‘Bebo-ban! Bebo-dan! Bedo-dan!’I looked at my watch. It was before seven and sunlight was already sliding down the outside of the Snow Peak.‘Dedo-dan! Medo-dan! Medo-jan!’What the hell were these kids talking about? Was it some sort of playground taunt? Were they telling one of their friends that he smelled, over and over again?‘Debo-dan! Mebo-dan! Mebo-jan!’No matter which one spoke, the…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 27

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 27

Monday 15th August 2005 – Kobé to Osaka (神戸 – 大阪)Presents received – dinner, several beers Situated at the meeting point of three continental plates, Japan is more prone to earthquakes than any other country in the world, and you might be forgiven for thinking that it is a dangerous place to live. In reality – and like our perception of the threat from terrorism or violent crime, for example – the chances of falling victim to an earthquake are…

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