After the typhoon...


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 36


Monday 16.09.13     8,12  km


I woke up in the night and looked outside. It didn't look that bad.

But now in the morning the wind rip off the trees in front of us and the rain is dense curtains waving.

                     TV shows nothing but the typhoon

At 7am I think it's worst. Around 8 it calms a little - I think. Until I go down for breakfast. The rain is pouring down wipping the windows. My room is sheltered. From the wheather forecast it looks as if it won't be over until this afternoon at 3.

I thought I'd be able to check out at 10am and continue at noon. But typhoons have their own ways...  A glas of juice and a cup of coffee... Here they don't put sugar in the coffee the way we do, but pour in a transparent syrup in small cups like cream/milk.

It sound as if Kyoto has been hit the worst of the rain. There's massive flooding. The waves out at the coast are up to 9 m.

I've been down to pay for an extra night, so now it can just go on raining...

At 1pm it's stopped, but there's still a fierce wind. Quite convinient? I'm struck by a tummy bug and lie down with nausea and end falling asleep. But if it has to be, it cannot fit better, I have nothing to do.

Late in the afternoon I have recovered so much that I go to the postoffice to withdraw some money. There's a postoffice in every little village, and they always have an ATM. When I go back I see the pagoda on the mountain opposite to Fuji San again and decide to go looking for it. There must be a fine view towards Fuji from there.

                       The stupa........                                                         .....and the view to the city

It's like in Sendai, a park high up over the city and the view is excellent. It's a stupa, where the buddha sits inside. There are also a bell tower and statues, which I unfortunately cannot read who are.

   The misty silhouette of Fuji San - as the japanese call it

On my way back to the bike I'm spoken to by a japanese lady, who starts with "Where are you from?" but immidiately continues "Sprechen Sie Deutsch?" Quite surprising. We do mostly speak english her german is a bit rusty. She also speaks a few french words. She's an architect living here in Gotemba and has been to Germany: München, Köln and a city more I couldn't understand. She owns a danish table. She likes danish design. At the end she reveals that her german teacher has a
restaurant: Lindenbaum, and she put a dot in my map. It's a bit out of town. If he's german I never ask, but I go to look for it. I don't find it. Maybe it was a bit further ahead, but there was a giant downhill and I would have to all the way back up... And my stomach it's for german food today, that is, IF they have german food. It could be nice to know.

On the way back - it's getting dark - I buy two yogurts. That has to do for the dinner. I have also some apples left.

                                           Even I've done my best - with Nori's camera - it's nothing compared to reality

Now I sit by my window looking at the cone shaped silhouette of Mt. Fuji in the faint blue sky rimmed  by reddish clouds. You don't get anything better!