Hike to Mt. Fuji

I could have taken the bus there, but this rather quite road was begging to be walked and it was only 7km to Lake Ashi and a view of Mt. Fuji. Of course I needed some energy first, and my absolutely favorite lunch spot here was right on the way. Mmm smoked salmon pizza! I […]

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Hakone Onsen

Had my first onsen today, and though it was at first a little intimidating, I very much enjoyed it. There were only two older gentlemen frequenting the tub at the same time, so it was a nice and easy way to ease into my first onsen experience. So it’s made abundantly clear that absolutely no […]

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Kamakura holiday from Tokyo

For the first week I didn’t really notice it, but after 10 days in Tokyo it was becoming more apparent that the closeness of everything between high-rises, in the elevator, underground, on the train, sleeping in a box, and the shear number of people around me at all times, everywhere I went was starting to […]

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Tokyo: Zen City, Claustrophobic City

Tokyo: Zen City Despite being the largest city in the world, I have felt completely at ease (excepting an increasingly frequent claustrophobic feeling) everywhere I have been thus far. Most everyone is audaciously welcoming, friendly, and polite. The streets are absolutely safe and it seems almost unthinkable that anyone would steal anything – bicycles are […]

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Asakusa, Japan

Asakusa is more of a historical part of Tokyo with many shrines and temples located around Sensoji square. I was surprised by how few vehicles were on the streets; the side streets of Asakusa were virtually free of cars with the only traffic being bicycles and pedestrians. It makes sense though, with space at a […]

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Senso-ji Temple

I finally know what it must feel like to be a morning person. Because I’m still on N.A. time, I willingly was up, showered, and shaved by 6am. Had a fabulous breakfast of spicy grilled beef and raw egg on rice with miso soup at a small diner. It took the cook a couple tries […]

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Washlet – Extreme Culture Shock

WOW! Just wow. For some reason I had pictured Tokyo in my mind as perhaps being a rather drab city in the winter. Nope. Most everything I lay my eyes on is new, novel, extremely interesting and, mostly, vividly coloured! I eventually decided to just leave my camera in pocket because nearly everything I encountered […]

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Trans-Pacific Flight: Vancouver to Tokyo

The eastern-most Alberta Rockies had an optimal snow cover for defining their pervasive westward-dipping fault surfaces caused by various island arc terrains smacking up against the west coast as they were periodically rafted in by the eastward subduction of the Pacific Tectonic Plate. Soon after leaving Vancouver airport, we were above a modern such terrain […]

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Asian Tour 2016

Will be leaving for Japan middle of this month. Good riddance, Canadian winter! From there to Thailand for a while, then on to Korea. I’ll be canceling my Canadian phone number before I leave, so if you wish to stay in touch, feel free to comment on my posts here, email me, and/or add me […]

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