I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Here I am two years and 70 posts later and only just getting around to re-instating this “About” page. I don’t recall why I removed it in the first place!
Ending up in Japan revolved around football, following the Australian “Socceroos” to see them play Japan in Yokohama in February 2009. Timing happened to coincide with a discount airline commencing flights to Tokyo and Osaka. So what started out as a trip by myself ended up being a fantastic adventure with 11 family and friends coming along.
It is fair to say each of us were enthralled by the history and culture of Japan, the diverse landscapes, friendly people and efficient transport. So much so that my brother has returned three times more, and me five times.
I am not a prolific blogger, so posting twice a week is a rarity for me. With around 90 stories drafted up (a heading and a few dot points), I can see a few years of posts to come. Then add in another trip of two to Japan and I might never finish them all.
My writings are not too serious but reflect experiences of Japan. Having been there 6 times now, I do try to get to lesser known places, and seek out local cultural or scenic places. I love trains, so I tend to end up in remote locations, often at the end of local lines. I try to engage with local guides. Hence you may get to read about some unusual places and activities.
You will see references to many family members who have also been on atleast one trip with me: Veronica, Tim, Madeline, Liam, Andrew, Matthew, Yvonne, Paul and Dean.
There have been friends and acquaintances as well: James, Shane, Robbo, Keith, Cameron and Chris.
After a random experience with volunteer guides in Matsumoto, I have sought out their local and expert services in every trip. I will always write up my experiences with them. Thanks so far to Yoshiko, Yuri, Junji, Megumi, Fukashi, Kyoko, and Vincent.
And what about me? I am 56, work for an emergency service in New South Wales, Australia in community engagement. I am a longstanding volunteer fire fighter.
In addition to traveling to Japan, I have been lucky enough to travel to the Unites States for work, and travel with my partner to France, Italy and United States again. For stories about those travels, you can go to Escaping the Nest.
I hope you enjoy.