Monthly Archives: August 2013

33 Fukaura: Twinkle-toeing into the wilderness

Camped at a quiet beach 2 miles north of Fukaura station.  A great location: green grass slopes behind, craggy red cliffs on either side and bloody red pebbles and green bushes loaded with red rosehip berries on the seashore in front.  Only one noisy neighbour: … Continue reading

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32 Akita City: Last song for Akita

Felt alone and invisible again in the prefectural capital and another little Tokyo.  My skin was red, dry and itchy. I did not feel fit for human company. The advantage of being in a little Tokyo is there is less scrutiny, less unwanted attention; … Continue reading

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31 Juniko: Two nights at the Twelve Lakes

Stayed for two nights at a family-run minshuku in Juniko (Twelve Lakes).  A dramatic location in a small, sea-facing settlement along grey rocky cliffs at the edge of the Shirakami National Park. 

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30 Shirakami Mountains: Older than Japan

“Nihonjin de yokatta! (I`m glad I`m Japanese!),” a young woman shouted at the top of Mount Futatsumori.  For miles in all directions all we could see was virgin forest, all bunched together on steep slopes, “like heads of broccoli,” according to the guide.  

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29 Noshiro: Slamdunk and a Sixthman

Noshiro is not an easy town to fall in love with, not unless you are passionate about grey breeze-block walls and shop shutters.

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28 Lake Hachiro: Green tea in a desert

An expedition to find the green lake in a desert of rice fields.

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27 Oga Peninsula: Rocky moments

Walked 10km along main road to Cape Nyudo.  Along from the enormous car park and the warehouses of souvenirs and grilled shellfish sellers, the grassy cliffs offered great views of the gigantic, craggy rocks that stood along the seashore.

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