On the graveyard


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 4


Thursday 15.08.13

Nori and I are going to Tokyo today, to sort out some loose ends. But first I've promised to go with them to the grave of the ancestors. That's been done within a period each year - and tomorrow is the last day. Grandmother is coming too, but his mother is working. First we go to the supermarket to buy some good stuff for the ancestors. It's purely symbolic, the things will be taken back home and eaten. At the entrance of the graveyard we collect two wooden buckets and spoons.

They havn't been here since last year and are amused by the small tree, that has grown big since then. The gravestone is cleaned carefully with water so the marble shines. When the cleaning is done the "goods" are placed in front of the stone and each in turn bows to the ancestors, me too, Nori thinks it will bring luck. One hold a praying circle between the hands - and
think whatever one think. It's too much for the grandmother. When she's getting up she's overwhelmed by crying so that she nearly falls over but Nori's father and I get a grip in each of her arms. She's actually not the fathers real mother, she's the second wife of the grandfather. It's only the grandfather and his first wife that's "lying" here. The previous ancestors are in Hokkaido from where the grandfather originates.

                     Everything is cleaned and washed


When the ceremony is over, we go back home. Nori and I are dropped in Torido Station, from where there's a train to Tokyo, where we change to the circle line and end up somewhere in the middle of Tokyo. It's hard to talk about one center, says Nori. The programme is: bicycle bag, battery for my watch, cash money (I had 45.000 Y with me from Denmark, but I want to see that the cashing works and have some extra before going to Hokkaido), wi-fi and having someone to look at my camera. I think it nice to experience Tokyo from this practical angle.

But first we go up some tower with a great view over Tokyo, the view is really amazing, but it's (not surprizingly) hazy, so the Fuji Mountain cannot be seen. But one sees this mingle of high houses, skyscrapers and traditional low houses, that is special for Tokyo.

                                  View over Tokyo

Then we eat at some small highly efficient place, that Nori prefer, because you here also get Miso-soup with the meal. It's a chain, so I hope to find it somewhere else. We sit in a rectangular room with a "counter" on three edges facing the "corridor" in the middle where a waiter run back and forth with dishes and orders. Before that we tried with no luck to find a McDonalds, cause they should have wi-fi. But we did it was only for customers with a certain network.

Then we find the watch house. They really have watches in every floor. Repairs are in the basement. After that we succeed finding a bicycle bag that's so big that only the front wheel needs to be taken off. So now I should be able to get on a train!!!

At Starbuck it says they have free wi-fi, so I offer a cup of coffee while I try. Unfortunately one has to open a link that's sent in an email - and I cannot get to my mail before I'm at the net.... I don't know what they're thinking....?

But they's a solution to this. Nori get, by the help of a computer somewhere else in the street, a  login, and I used that to get my own login.... So now I have to drink coffee for the rest of the trip. Starbucks should be in every city in Japan.

After this succesfull trip we're home at 20.30 and Nori's father picks us up at the station.