2011 Annual Review: How was Your Year?

Just like that, 2011 is (almost) gone. 2011 was a big year for everyone…   Obvious Stuff 3/11. It was devastating, to say the least. Safe to say we all reminded ourselves (not only Japanese, but everyone who saw those…

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This was a tough book. It started easy, and I almost thought it was another easy travel book with SOME philosophical inquiries. Then, philosophy took it over. Completely… I had to read slowly, take break often for some contemplation, and be…

My Travel Blog

I have created separate travel blogs, both in English and Japanese. Japanese blog is my travel diary, originally created for my family to catch up. English blog hasn’t been written much, but it will be similar to this blog, but…

My Travel Page on Facebook

My wife and I are maintaining Facebook page, where we post our pictures on the road. I know not everybody use Facebook, and I am really not Facebook type of person, but the page is open for public. So, I…

Humans are...

Humans are…

-Humans- Humans can fall, but humans can achieve enlightenment too. Humans exist in between. Humans live between hell and Buddha, between people, and between life and death. That is why we call us human*.   *Japanese characters for human, “人間”…

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The first book I read on this travel was this second volume of Larsson’s trilogy. I bought this a while ago, but I knew I couldn’t do anything else if I start reading his book. So I waiting until I…

Aloha From Hawaii

Aloha From Hawaii

Aloha! So, it’s been over one month since my last post, and now I am in Hawaii.   Long story short, I quit my job and became full-time traveler, starting this month. Hawaii is my first stop, also my trial…

Was It THIS Hot Last Year?

Was It THIS Hot Last Year?

Every summer, I ask this same question myself, over and over. “Was it THIS hot last year?” Probably we are having same hot summer every year… But… really? I don’t remember having 35+℃ when I was younger. Really hot days…

Lucky 33

Lucky 33

Today, I turned lucky 33. Why lucky? Because I am calling it lucky. 🙂 On my 30th birthday, I watched Randy Pausch’s famous “Last Lecture” on youtube. Since then, I have been really thinking about my life (and achieving childhood dreams!). It took…

Shimanami Kaido: Scenic Cycling Road in Japan

Shimanami Kaido: Scenic Cycling Road in Japan

Shimanami Kaido (しまなみ海道) is one of the most famous scenic road in Japan. The Nishi-Seto Expressway, also known as the Seto-uchi Shimanami-Kaido (highway above sea), was opened to traffic on 1 May 1999. The bridge connects Onomichi City in Hiroshima and…