Saturday, January 01, 2000


July 5 - July 25

In Russia, nothing works. In Japan, everything works a lot better than it has to. We spent a fair bit of time in Tokyo enjoying some free accomodation. A sudden end to hospitality forced us to pick up and move farther afield. We spent a few days in Kyoto, climbed Mount Fuji, and split by ferry from Kobe (after a very nice steak). Japan was also very notable because of the company of Allan E and Juan N - the first of many OC guest bloggers and a pair of very welcome faces.

Day by day breakdown:

  • Tue Jul 5th - Flight from Vladivostok to Fukuoka via Seoul, stayed in Fukuoka
  • Wed Jul 6th - Shinkansen to Tokyo, moved into Leo's place
  • Thu Jul 7th - Laundry, admin
  • Fri Jul 8th - Met Jonny R, Drank at Soma, karaoke
  • Sat Jul 9th - Hang over, metal show at Shinjuku Loft
  • Sun Jul 10th - Saw Batman Begins
  • Mon Jul 11th - Exercise in local parks, admin, German dinner with Leo and Jon W.
  • Tue Jul 12th - Moved to mike's, Narita temple, met Juan
  • Wed Jul 13th - Day trip to Nagoya to see sumo
  • Thu Jul 14th - Day out in Odaiba, Musuem of Science and Innovation
  • Fri Jul 15th - Admin (tokyo station), met Allan, shinto festival, club w/ jonny r
  • Sat Jul 16th - Booted out of mike's, moved the OC to Kyoto, goodbye to Allan
  • Sun Jul 17th - Parade, shrine/temple walk, pub dinner, 50's bar
  • Mon Jul 18th - Aichi expo, move to Kyoto ryokan
  • Tue Jul 19th - Made our way to Mount Fuji
  • Wed Jul 20th - Early climb of Fuji, check into lakeside ryokan
  • Thu Jul 21st - Goodbye to Juan, travel to Kobe, Kobe beef dinner
  • Fri Jul 22nd - Board Kobe to Tianjin ferry
  • Sat Jul 23rd - Kobe to Tianjin ferry
  • Sun Jul 24th - Arrive Tianjin, bus to train, train to Beijing, check into hotel

Photo Albums
Mt. Fuji
Kobe Ferry

Japanese Death Metal
Taiko Drumming
Nuno Descending Fuji
Kobe Ferry Walkthrough
Under the Bridge
Chinese Singing
Shiptop Hacky-Sack