Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan.
In 2016, I travelled to Japan. With my limited Japanese, I stayed there for 2.5 months.
This documents my journey as a gaijin (foreigner).

Start at the beginning (Japan), or view the most recent posts below.

Final Post: Taking the ski lift down

Japan: Final Post, What We Learned

After a three month journey, a six month process to catalogue the journey, and 700 photos later, we have arrived at the final post. What we have learned I watched sumo wrestling, wore a yukata, and overcame my fear of being nude at same-sex public baths. Hiking is my thing– Mt Fuji, Minoh Falls, Nunobiki Falls, Kamakura, and …

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Daisetsuzan National Park

Adventure Travelling, Adding Zing to Memories

In recent years, I have become quite fond of the idea of adventure travelling. When I can, I add hikes or some sort of nature exploration to my travel itinerary. Although strenuous, given that city exploration by foot is already tiresome, it is quite gratifying. I’d even go so far as to say it has

Daisetsuzan National Park

Journeys & Mount Kurodake

What I like about hiking is the journey, the mere exercise of coordinating your mental and physical capacities. It’s not only about the destination, but the process as well. Alan Watts made an analogy with music to describe life that I find quite fitting. “…in music, one doesn’t make the end of a composition the point of the composition. If

Ropeways & Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido

I’ve started my hiking season in Vancouver already. As my friends and I hike up and down Abby Grind (Abbotsford’s equivalent of the Grouse Grind), I recall for them what I’ve observed about hikes/mountains in Japan. Many hikes in Japan have ropeways (cable cars/gondolas) for those who want to forgo the hiking part altogether. For most of us

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