Hiroshima to Nagasaki

Hello all!

I’m getting pretty bad at updating this blog, I’m speading more time having fun and not letting you all know about it so my apologies. Since my last check in I’ve been to Hiroshima where I saw the peace memorial. Wow what a site that was.Hiroshima-Peace-Memorial

It’s crazy to think that at one point this was near ground zero for the atom bomb. Such destruction caused that really was a game changer for modern warfare of the time. It’s estimated that ~129,000 people died as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A Wikipedia fact on the history of the bombing states:

A uranium gun-type atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by a plutonium implosion-type bomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki on August 9

Something I hope no nation ever has to use again!

Tour

I also took a samurai tour which was great and it really taught me other elements of Japanese history such as the Shogun and the condemning of Christianity during the late 1500’s. If you’re ever in the area I’d strongly suggest checking out the samurai tours, the staff is great and you’ll learn a lot!

And of course after the tour I needed to get my fix of katanas and stopped by a local museum to see some great craftsmanship in hand forged blades. The artwork of the swords here is stunning, nothing can compare.

My time in Japan is nearing an end then I will be off on a new adventure in a new location!

 

Osaka & Osafune

Sorry for the lapse in updates! Between the accident and spending more time off-the grid I haven’t been updating much.

I had been in Osaka for about a week, where I browsed the city and checked out the history museum. What a great place, it’s always interesting to hear the history of other cultures compared to the history of our own. Ate at a few nice restaurants and did find some western culture foods there as well. Great to have a good ole burger from time to time!

I then moved on to where I am now in Osafune, at least that’s what I’m thinking this place is?? Much smaller than Osaka and more laid back. The city sits right on the Yoshi river, with multiple points leading down to a lovely overview of it.

You need to be careful though because I’ve already found myself in a few shady areas along the train tracks by the river. I guess I’ll just say not everyone is as excited to see a tourist as the next may be. Just have some basic street smarts and stay out of a place that may look to be seedy.

There happened to be a sword museum here where they also manufacture custom katanas. Here’s the site’s link if you’re ever in town and want to check it out. With my background in cutlery it is amazing to find such great artistic creations in some of the most unlikely of places. The display of the katanas throughout the room is great plus they try to answer any questions you may on them. Definitely the best part of this town.

Since my journey started in Tokyo I have been moving Westward across the country, had a little setback in Nagoya but am back on the trail. I plan to head to the Western coast of Japan then catch a flight out of either Hiroshima to Nagasaki, spend a little bit of time there and maybe check out the surrounding Islands then I may be saying goodbye to Japan and jumping the water to Seoul South Korea. Let’s just see how things go!

Accident!

Greetings all,

I’m sure some of you may be wondering why I haven’t posted in almost two months. Well unfortunately I was in an accident here in Japan. I am ok however recuperating still.

I was crossing the street while I was hit by a car, the driver and I are ok however I didn’t get out of it scratch free. I did break a few bones in my arm as well as my laptop that was in my bag.

I was able to pick up this new laptop that I write to you all from now. I’ll be hanging low for a bit longer here in Nagoya but will continue my journey!

Again sorry for not posting in a while and I’ll keep you updated once I get back to my travels!

~Jack

Nagoya Japan

So I sadly left my wonderful time at Mt. Fuji to head westward to the city of Nagoya. My time in Yamanashi was an experience out of this world, the hiking, the amazing views, the family I stayed with, and my introduction to ‘no-kill’ hunting with specialized clothing. An experience I won’t soon forget!

Now onto what I’ve seen so far in Nagoya…Nagoya Japan

I’m staying in a Hostel now (this one) and it’s a pretty nice place. Much nicer than most other hostels I’ve been in.

Getting around the city is quite a task if I can call it that, I have almost been hit a couple times already.

Aside from the danger of traffic, the architecture is really something to see. A blend of modern structures blended with traditional style Japanese architecture with the peaked roofs.

Atsuta Jingu Shrine

Yesterday I went to the Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

It was awesome! Here’s a little bit I took of their website:

“Atsuta Jingu was originally founded about 1900 years ago, when the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the Imperial symbols, was enshrined. Atsuta was chosen as the site for the shrine by Miyasuhime-no-Mikoto, daughter of Owari-no-kuni-no-miyatsuko and wife of the then Prince Yamatotakeru-no-Mikoto, who had died leaving the sword in Hikami.”

The atmosphere was so tranquil and the history was rich. Definitely worth seeing if you are in Nagoya.

I actually ran into a couple other American there on their honeymoon (Sue & Bill). We are heading to the Tokugawa Art Museum which I am excited for!

I’ll most likely spend a few more days here exploring the sites.

 

~Jack

 

Mt. Fuji, Wild Animals, Etc.

Mountains, new friends, and wild animals

Sorry it’s taken me so long to post!

I’ve been off the grid camping up around the base of Fuji. It’s been amazing!

I hooked up with this guided tour with a few other roamers such as myself. What a great time it was. I met a girl from Romania (Anica) who was on a journey such as mine, trying to enjoy the beauty in life as it is, not as we conform it to be.

Another man (Chris) was on a mission to hike Fuji, Kilimanjaro, and Mt Washington. He had said his brother who unfortunately passed away was a huge adventurer and these three mountains were the only ones on his list he had left to hike. In memory of him Chris is hiking each mountain and spreading a little of his brother’s ashes. It is a very emotional yet inspiring story.

Overall the scenery was amazing, the air was pristine, and the company was great!

I’d advise anyone who gets  a chance to take this hike.

Wild Animals

Another one of my adventures the past couple days was something completely new to me.

Sika deer

I’m sure you all have heard of bird watching, but what about Sika deer watching?? Probably not.

One of the individuals on the hike with me had told me about this sport of wearing specialized camo and going into the woods and getting extremely close to wild Sika deer. I bought a pair and went out with him.

I’ve had pigeons and squirrel come up to me in a park because they’re used to humans but never have I been this close to a wild animal in the woods.

It was amazing how this camo (it’s called HECS) made it seem as though I were just a tree standing there.

The deer themselves were beautiful, spotted colored, and very gentile as they walked through the woods scrounging for food. To the right is a photo I snapped of them up close.

 

It’s been a very interesting week where I experienced some new and previously unheard of things. All in all a great story to add to my journal!

 

The guide I used: https://www.fujimountainguides.com/faq.html

The camo I used: http://bestcamoreviews.com/

 

~Jack