Day one

On the first day of the year, we returned to Kouko and Shuji’s and we did once again, what we did nearly the entire time in Hanayama: sit. We sat and drank sake (another new years tradition). We sat and drank tea. We sat and chatted. We sat and laughed. We sat and pet theContinue reading “Day one”

Hanayama style New Years

The temperatures of Miyagi are shockingly colder than Tokyo. Mountains. Snow on the ground. Old friends. Feels like home. We stayed in our makeshift floor bed until the late afternoon, eating, chatting and avoiding the cold that awaited us on the other side of the blankets. When we did finally leave our nest of warmth,Continue reading “Hanayama style New Years”

Not so brilliant idea

A few months back, I hosted some pretty radical couchsurfers who were hitchhiking across the giant land mass that is Eurasia. After they shipped out of Korea and on to Japan, they told me that hitching in Japan is by far, the easiest country to do it in. People are friendly and honest; rarely didContinue reading “Not so brilliant idea”

Tokyo subway headache

Fortunately, we had a local Tokyo friend to show us around. If not for him, I’m not sure we would have ever made it out of the Shinjuku station, which is the 2nd biggest in the world, according to the Lonely Planet Tokyo and the busiest in the world, according to Wikipedia. A ridiculously busyContinue reading “Tokyo subway headache”