Tokyo-Narita to Kuala Lumpur

I wake up early and ready to fly home. I’ve enjoyed Japan but there always comes that moment just before departure when you are ready to see those you love. I don’t sleep well because my missed flight from Chiang Mai is still firmly fixed in my memory. But I wake up on time, load…

Mito to Narita (Honshu)

I feel a mix of sadness and excitement as I set off into the morning sun on the final day of my bike ride through Japan. I’ve got the hang of cycling here now. I know what I like to eat for breakfast and when to ride on the footpath instead of the road. I…

Four days in Mito (Honshu)

So I spent four glorious days in Mito. And what a treat it was. On day one I slept and watched YouTube all day long. I only left the room to buy food. One day two I sleep in, soak in the bath for ages (that’s my favourite thing about Japanese hotels) and head out…

Teenagers of Mito

A girl runs up behind two friends and throws her arms around them giggling quietly. Smiles break out as those surprised turn to recognise her face. Conversation breaks out as it always does with teenagers. Two boys walk along.  They are clearly childhood buddies from the way the taller one has his arm draped over…

More musings from Mito

Before I came to Japan an old Australian man scolded me for being unAustralian in visiting this horrible country. Why so horrible you might ask? Well for what happened in WWII. See, as we all know,  the Japanese were on the other side of the battle. And, as I have seen at museums in Thailand…

Random musings from Mito (Honshu)

I’m sitting in a hotel room eating breakfast listening to some music and generally relaxing before I head out to explore Mito courtesy of the Geocaching game. I feel relaxed after yesterday’s rest day though my lower back is still a bit sore when I make sudden movements. I guess that’s the price I pay for…