The Big Buddha


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 43


Monday 23.09.13     110,30 km


I'm off at 8am. The big Buddha is waiting. It's not so easy to get there, because there are no people yet.

                                    The building that housed the Buddha.... ....and the Buddha himself

At last I'm at the entrance. I could even have got in at 7.30am. The building where it sits is also of the biggest wooden structures in the world.. The Buddha sits with this remote undefined expression, that you apparently get, when you're beyond
this world.

If you could get through your wish would come true - perhaps

When I've ssen what there is to see, the square in front of the building is filled with people. Japanese school classes in numbers. Exactly at 9am. I'm back on Route 24 and I stay there for the rest of the day.

It was a hard day with sun the first 80 km. The temperature is just above 30 degr. In the end some comforting clouds arrive. The only thing to interrupt a boring day in the main road are some hills up and down after I'm halfways.

                                    Harvesting the rice

I'm really worn out when I leave the bike to go looking for T.I. Luckily it's just around the corner. As ususal they recommend a couple of hotels around the station. I ask about another one in the list. It's called City Inn and it's not that far either.

I couldn't find the entrance, so I stopped a japanese on bicycle. He insists on taking me all the way to the reception, which is inside a kind of center, and he doesn't leave me until everything with the room is ok. Nice man. 6.100 Y including breakfast japanese style, but then it's in the 10th floor view a view.

I think it was still 30 degr. when I returned from the supermarket 5.45pm. I went crazy and bought 3 deserts and after having finished the main course and one of them, I lay down and closed my eyes for a minute.

It was 10pm when I opened them again. Then I ate one more desert and read in "Kafka on the Beach". I've almost finished. Most of it takes place in Shikoku and it all comes to a climax in Takamatsu, where I'll be in a few days. I have to be prepared.

There are two typhoons in the neighborhood I saw on the news, but one of them looses the energy over China and the other seems to take a route AROUND Japan - for the time being. The wheather have been stable lately but the temperature is way over normal range.

There's no kimono here, it has buttons. It's a night shirt, now I've tried that too.