Day 12 Today I sleep in and get some beauty rest after all the mountaineering and walking of Hachijojima. I’m amused to learn there’s a Denny’s down the street from my hotel, so have to check it out. Could it be out here in Tokyo you can get the same “Grand Slam” breakfast with bacon […]Read more "Days 12 and 13 – The Last Hurrah"
My second day in Hachijojima is my final day on the island. If I had a few more days, I’d probably jump in on some Scuba diving or deep sea fishing action, but I won’t have time for that today. The sun rises early out here, and before 8am I’m downstairs enjoying a simple but […]Read more "Day 11 – Hot springs in Hachijojima"
Today I turned 30 years old. From the time I was born until now, the Earth has gone through approximately 11,957 rotations. That’s 263,000 hours, or 15,800,000 minutes, or about 1.2 Million beats of my own heart to bring me to this exact point in time. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. Sadly, I […]Read more "Day 10 – Tokens of the Present, Prayers for the Future"
Today is a bit of an “off day” for me in that it involves a more significant amount of travel, changing home base from Osaka to Tokyo, just for one day, so I can catch my flight early in the morning to Hachijojima for my birthday on the 15th. After packing up my things, I […]Read more "Day 9 – A Taste of Tokyo"
Day 8 brings me to Nara. Once it was the ancient capital of Japan back in the 700’s, but now it’s a clean and smallish city off 300,000 or so people accessible by train about an hour from Osaka or Kyoto. There are again a lot of foreign tourists here and from all over, and […]Read more "Day 8 – Please feed the animals"
Day 7 is a notable day not just because it’s the half-way mark of my trip in Japan, but because today was probably one of the first actual sunny days I’ve had this whole time! It’s great not carrying an umbrella everywhere. Megumi-san made another wonderful breakfast for me, this time a stew and a […]Read more "Day 7 – Pilgrims in our own time"
Another gray day here in Japan, but if the weather forecast is to be believed, tomorrow should be much nicer. I roll out of bed and shuffle my way upstairs where Megumi-san has prepared for me a nice breakfast. Today: Tuna, quiche, strawberries, and an onigiri for the road. Still haven’t fully adjusted to fish […]Read more "Day 6 – Osaka Wandering"