Had my last night in Tokyo. Went drinking and did karaoke with Conrad. I joined him in butchering Bocelli’s masterpiece Con te Partiro. I spent my final hours in Japan drinking Fosters in the Qantas lounge.
Went to visit my friend Yoko on her island, Kozushima. It’s part of Tokyo but lies 3 hours offshore by jet boat or 25 minutes by plane. I almost got stuck out there when the typhoon came but managed to get myself on the only flight off the island that day.
Went to the cup noodle museum in Yokohama. Made my own cup noodles. The standard ones tasted better
Went to the Tokyo national gallery
Went to the Iwachu cast iron factory in Morioka. They have the biggest cast iron kettle in the world and a massive nabe pot (not the biggest in the world)
June 30, 2014 My hands burned as I gripped the ropes and a trickle of blood ran down my knee. My muscles seared in protest and my arms shook involuntarily as I reached for my next grip. Holding on…
A blog write up about a recent trip to Akita, contributed by Conrad-san