Monthly Archives: June 2011

On the Road Again and Better than a Radio: Wednesday 29th June

This morning I got up early and went about exploring the island paradise that is Naoshima. As well as a couple of pretty spectacular modern art museums, there is a collection of art pieces built around one of the villages … Continue reading

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Caring Grandmas and Art House Onsens: Tuesday 28th June

I woke up this morning to glorious sunshine, and decided that today was the perfect day for a boat trip. Hence I boarded the morning ferry to Shikoku (Japan’s fourth largest island), and enjoyed the wonderful scenery, clear blue skies, … Continue reading

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Potential Hate Crimes and the Nine Hells of Beppu: Monday 27th June

This morning there was a downpour in Fukouka, but I tried to make the most of it, and walked around the old temple district, which was pretty impressive. However, as I was crossing one of the roads I came across … Continue reading

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A Nutrient Starved Tramp and Brain Freeze: Sunday 26th June

After a slightly restless sleep, owing to a droning drunk in the capsule directly below me, I followed one of my fellow patrons downstairs to the Sento, and tried in vein to find the toothpaste for the disposable toothbrushes that … Continue reading

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Hitching and Inappropriate Questions: Saturday 25th June

Today marked the beginning of a week’s holiday from school, and so I decided to hitchhike to Kyushu, the most South Westerly of Japan’s four main islands, and at approximately 1100km from Tokyo, it was certainly going to be a … Continue reading

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Getting to the Point and Free Sandals: Friday 24th June

Rather unsurprisingly I failed the reading test, however it was by such a narrow margin that I was allowed to re-sit it, which I did and then passed. Rather surprisingly I performed reasonably competently in all of the other aspects … Continue reading

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A Fatal Allergy to Cats and Yogic Training Wheels: Thursday 23rd June

This morning I had my speaking test, and it didn’t go as badly as it could have done, although I did give the advice that upon arriving in England, one should try one’s best to find a family-like object to … Continue reading

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