Kappa

The Kappa inhabit the local rivers in what I assume is a conspiracy with the adult populous to keep those damn kids out of the water. Legend has it that they are compelled to bow in return if bowed to, this combined with the depression in their head that  holds water and the fact that…

Escaping Japan

When I returned to Calgary the snow was ankle deep and being blown along by frigid arctic winds. I immediately regretted my decision to come home.

Fun times in Osaka

I stepped onto the train intending to go one station and then switch immediately to the airport shuttle. When the doors to the train closed I turned and much to my surprise saw a familiar face, in a country I am not from, on a train I should not be on.

Kyoto to Osaka

Having absolutely exhausted myself climbing up and down a godforsaken mountain Perrin and I headed to see his girlfriend Mizue and have dinner before I went to my hostel and died. We had an hour or so to kill and neither of us felt like walking so we stopped for a coffee, tea for Perrin…

Japan: Characters of note : Ashley

Ashley lives in the furthest reaches of Japans wilderness, the town is full of bears and giant bees that wake you up in the morning by dancing on your face. One of the few people who truly lives by the platitude sing like no one can hear you etc… the sad truth being we can…

Konotori

Like many of Japans legends, or in fact statements made by its populous, there are two completely contradictory yet completely accepted stories of how Kinosaki Onsen came to be, one refers to a Buddhist saint that prayed for 1000 days to cause the springs to appear, the other "Kouno-yu" refers to these once extinct Storks....

Japan: Characters of note : Perrin

Perrin and I met around fifteen years back while living on a mountain, it was far less interesting than one might expect. When I heard he was living in Kyoto I knew I had to commandeer his couch and eat all of his food. Years back we played Dungeons and Dragons quite a bit which…

Kyoto

It was raining when I left Toyooka on a train to Kyoto, it rained the entire trip, a few hours at a mind boggling 250kph and it was raining when I arrived, supporting my theory that I in fact attract rain. I had two hours to kill until Perrin got off work so I decided…

Gembudo

I had intended to visit Gembudo on several occasions but the weather refused to cooperate until my last day in the area. When I woke up and saw the sun shining I knew I had to go immediately before the skies opened up again with torrential rain.

Gensan

Gensan is a local mascot or spirit depending on how you look at it.  He is a hard drinking and fairly angry fellow whose head is the same shape as the rocks found naturally occurring in the Gembudo caves.  I shot some footage earlier of the waves crashing on Takeno beach, it was only upon visiting Gembudo...

Kinosaki Onsen

My first impression of Kinosaki Onsen was that it was full of identically dressed people wandering about with wooden platform shoes, shoes that are more akin to musical instruments than footwear as evidenced by the horrific racket and near immobility of those wearing them. This immobility is fairly frustrating to one attempting to actually move…