Tag Archives: hiking

The Cloud Grabber, or There and Back Again

Hi blog. The height of summer is upon us, with daytime temperatures exceeding 35℃ becoming the new normal. The last few days of school were a mixture of rush and slack, with things I needed done but with the help … Continue reading

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Three Heads are Better than One

It was National Foundation Day (February 11th) and I found myself leaving home while it was still dark.  Oddly enough, the temperature was slightly higher than an hour later the previous day. I was heading to Tachikawa where I would … Continue reading

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Gozenyama

Hi blog This will be a quick part 1 of two posts (due to the unexpected) November 23rd is the Japanese “Labor Thanksgiving Day”, and it fell on a Monday this year.  Monday is also Ian’s day off.  A hike … Continue reading

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Shomaru Pass

Hi blog. I was fortunate that my school was closed on Monday, October 5th,  in lieu of the sports day held on a Saturday in September.  The kids had school, the wife had work.  The weather was perfect for hiking.  … Continue reading

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The Great(?) Escape

Hi blog. Well, my 10 day summer holiday is over.  (Someone at work remarked that since five of those days were weekends and a public holiday, our holidays were actually only five days long.) Not only were they short (as … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope

Hi blog. I can’t believe that the whole of October almost passed without a single post.  Well, to be honest, I had a lot of commitments for practically every weekend of the month.  And we had 20 consecutive days with … Continue reading

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These boots are made for walking

Hi blog. Sorry about the unintended break from blogging.  Summer holidays involving lots of being on standby at home, rain and work days don’t lead to posts. This post comes courtesy of Ian “the Goat” deciding to return to Japan … Continue reading

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Mitsumine in the mist

Hi blog. This is a mostly photographic post that came about in a rather unusual way. Former workmate, occasional hiking buddy and sometime co-conspirator Ian “Goat” was in my neck of the woods for his last two days in the … Continue reading

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Takao – a hill by any other name

Mt. Takao is a popular hiking retreat for urbanites – within one hour of central Tokyo, several routes, including one paved all the way (perfect for those elderly types who buy all the essential hiking gear which never seems to … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past

I originally wrote this just over a decade ago.  For years, the only surviving copy was in a box among Ian’s mementos of his first “tour of duty” in Japan.  Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it’s back. … Continue reading

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