Monthly Archives: September 2011

Strange Wanderings and Going for Gold: Thursday 29th September

This afternoon I decided to go for a hike around the nearby lake Toya. All the way round is about 36km, which would have been fine, but doing so would have meant missing the last bus home, and the extra … Continue reading

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Volcanoes and Free Rides: Wednesday 28th September

This afternoon Mr. Sasaki had arranged for me to take part in a guided tour of the Konpira Promenade, which was being run by his friend. The Konpira Promenade is an area that has been decimated by volcanic eruptions, the … Continue reading

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Breaking Coffee and Stealing Internet: Tuesday 27th September

Today didn’t get off to the best of starts. When I went out for my morning run, there was a fog which made seeing more than 20ft in front of you an impossibility, and running along the hard shoulder of … Continue reading

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Spiders and Laughter: Monday 26th September

After a morning of Japanese study I decided to reward myself by going for a wonder in the surrounding countryside. After half an hour or so I randomly alighted upon a croquet pitch next to a Shinto shrine, and so … Continue reading

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Crisp Mornings and Dodgy Wireless: Sunday 25th September

It was so refreshing to be able to go for a morning run in an environment that was devoid of both extreme humidity and idiots with umbrellas. What is more, the air here is so crisp that you savor every … Continue reading

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Broken Luggage and The Sasakis: Saturday 24th September

Amazingly I managed an almost entirely uninterrupted 5hours sleep under the dazzling lights of the international terminal, before I caught a shuttle bus over to the domestic wing of the airport. Here I engaged in a pleasant conversation with one … Continue reading

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Plane Tickets and Airport Sleeping: Friday 23rd September

When I was booking my super cheap flights to Hokkaido I somehow failed to realise that it is impossible to get to the airport for a 6am flight unless you spend the night at the airport. As such I spent … Continue reading

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