Wednesday, 22 June 2016. Three days into my hike along the Nakasendo Way, from Kyoto to Tokyo, by way of the Shiga, Gifu, Nagano, and Saitama prefectures, the journey ended. The reasons for this sudden ending of my trek was manifold, with various factors all aiding in the decision to change my course and travel … Read More
Sunday, 05 June 2016. Leaving Hiroshima was not easy. For one, its tragic past was an ever-present reminder of the frailty of life and the regrettable folly of man. Yet the city, as with all of the cities I have encountered in Japan, holds a festive mood and a mutual joy of coming together with … Read More
In Tokyo, you hardly are ever alone. There is always someone, ahead of you or, behind. There is always someone, walking across the street from you, or suddenly appearing out of nowhere, on a bike or from a building or a shrine. In Tokyo, you probably are never alone.
Update: 21/04/2016 – I added a bonus section to the end of the article, with some more of the peculiarities that I observed in Tokyo during my two-week stay there. Monday, 18 April 2016. Here are a few more peculiar things that I have experienced or seen in Tokyo. Disclaimer: I might have mentioned some … Read More
In Japan, I feel connected to both the near future and the ancient past. You can feel it when you walk the neon littered streets, pass by the high-tech arcades and towering electronic merchants, or when standing at a small stone shrine, set within nature’s own tranquil form, built many centuries ago. The spirit of … Read More
Saturday, 16 April 2016. I have now been in Tokyo, and Japan, for just about two weeks. I left my second-last hostel in Tokyo, this morning, and headed towards the Star Inn, a few kilometres away. I decided to walk, instead of taking the train, as I had a few hours to spare before my … Read More
Thursday, 14 April 2016. If you are looking to get lost somewhere, to rid yourself of the mundane and familiar, to break free from your daily routine, then Tokyo is the perfect place to be. Although, everything in Tokyo is made to its most compact and efficient form, everything is indeed big in Japan, specifically, … Read More
Thursday, 7 April 2016. I find myself writing this, sitting in a small laundry in the Nakano ward, on a raining Tokyo day, now, into my fifth day of my three-month tour of Japan. Only now have I managed to get some time to write about my first experiences in this totally foreign, yet, to … Read More