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Hills, Heat and a Horny man

My arrival in Takayama was celebrated with a huge firework display. Different from your usual fireworks as the big fire spewing barrels were handheld by daredevils until they exploded. (the barrels, not the guys) It started off with a few big bangs that would’ve damaged ears for miles around. Not mine though. My hearing has…

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Honshu Heights

Once I left Hokkaido I was happy and relieved that now, when I find my little forest tracks, I don’t have to worry about the big brown bears. Because in Honshu they have only black bears. And I quote :” Asian black bears can be very aggressive toward humans, and have frequently attacked people without…

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Festivals, Flowers, Food & Friends.

Shimokawa is a fairly inconspicuous little town in the middle of Hokkaido. When I rode into town one dreary afternoon I had no idea I wouldn’t cycle out for another 5 days. But that was before I met Motoko. Motoko is born in Malaysia has lived in Sweden for 4 years, and travelled. A lot. Now…

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Avoiding Bears, Finding Beers and Going Bare

Where do you get shrimps on the barbie? Where do you sit around a fire drinking beer and singing songs? Where do you get a fright as you ride over a snake in the middle of the road? Welcome the land of the rising sun, although I haven’t seen the sun rising yet as it…