The Joy of Collapsable Child Seats and A Destitute Filey: Tuesday 3rd May

Today marks the beginning of a three day public holiday known as ‘Golden Week’, and I have made plans to go hiking in Yamanakako with my friends Ben, Linden, and Erin. Against my wishes we met at Shinjuku station, although given that we had to catch the bus from there it kind of made sense. Amazingly I found the meeting place, although my sense of triumph was soon dampened by the 6 1/2 hours that it took us to travel 150km; who would have thought there would be traffic jams in the busiest week of the year? The fact that I was unable to actually fit in the toilets, and that part of the aisle was taken up by collapsable child seats, to me only added to the frivolity of the occasion. But then, as Linden told me whilst I fruitlessly searched for a bottle of diet coke at the refugee camp/service station, there is probably something fundamentally wrong with me.

The Recent BBC cuts had probably hit The Doctor more than most.

When we finally did arrive in Yamanakako the weather was foul, but as we were not planning on hiking until tomorrow this wasn’t too much of a problem. It just meant that we got drizzled on as we walked around the small lakeside resort in which we were staying. The hotel was nice, and the nearby ‘village’ had all the charm of a destitute Filey, only with more souvenir shops, and wasabi flavoured ice cream. We ate dinner at a place that was incredibly reminiscent of a National Trust cafe, and then went and enjoyed a nice long soak in the hotel’s Sento. Afterwards, as I was (nakedly) trying to figure out how to use the digital weighing scales, a women mistakenly waltzed into the men’s changing rooms and probably got more than she had bargained for, or not as the case may be.


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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