Last day with Nori and the family


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 58


Tuesday 08.10.13      0 km


Nori has succeeded getting a day off, so we can go to Tokyo together. It's the second in command,
that doesn't have classes of his own that takes his class today.

I did manage to see the big Buddha in Nara, but there's another big Buddha to see not so far away.
It's actually more than 100 m tall. 134 m to ba exact. That's even higher than the Main Hall Tower
in Copenhagen...

We go there by car. On the way Nori says that often we'd be able to see it from where we are now,
but apparently not today. And then we drive on.

After a turn it rises up behind the forrest in all it's 134 m. It comes as a total surprise and is
overwhelming. One more of these experiences I've had a couple of before - latest in Salzburg. A
sudden and surprising picture that sticks to my mind.
Donald Duck fanatics will understand my next assosiation: "The Maharaja of Moneystan". That's precisely
how it is. A huge statue rising in a bare field. It's a bronze layer build upon a skeleton of steel
and concrete - and you can get into it.

                                            The big Buddha with and without Nori

First we enter a room where the lights a dimmed and switched off, so only a row of small blue lamps
can be seen, while a voice tells you something.

Then you can go to the 5th level to watch the view. How many floors that equals I don't know, maybe
30? There are different pictures and sculptures of Buddha and posters about his life.
In one of the other levels the walls are filled with golden Buddhas in two sizes. By giving a donation
of a certain amount you can have your name on a plate in one of them. There are names from Myanmar
too, and still some to buy...
Then we go home, and the father takes us to Toride Sta. where we take the train and buy a one day
ticket for the metro. 710 Y, that's cheap.
But Tokyo is a real big city, you feel it, when you have to go from one place to another. Tokyo Sta.
er so huge, that just to get from one side to the other is a task. Nori has to ask for help twice
before we find the passage we have to follow, and we're walking almost one km before we get there.
The changes with the metro takes time too. If you can find the direction at all for your new line,
there are signs: 300 m... 170m... 65m...
We go to the fishmarket, where Nori never was before, and we eat there. There's an overwhelming
amount of dried things in bags.
I have got a task with a knitting book. It drags out... First we go to a big book shop, but they
cannot help us. Then to another where they can get it in about 10 days. And as we going to the
street with shops that sell old books, we try this too. They're all specialized in different types
and we do succeed finding a shop with fashion books and they have hundreds of Vogues monthly
Magazines dating from the 80'es till today. But this special edition - I think it is - we don't

              Photo from just before we headed home

In the evening we're going out for dinner. We're back so late, that the father picks us up at the
station and takes us there directly. It's the mother that invites, and she's invited some of her
collegues too. Nice laughing people.
The room is divided in two, one part with two normal tables and one part with two tables in japanese
style. They've brought "my" stool, on which I normally sit.

                              From a lively evening...

It turns out to be a lively night. Beside the beer and the sake I have to taste soujou, another
japanese speciality in stronger variations than sake. The strongest is 40%, I think. They have like
sake a mild taste even I can feel the 40%.
The food is delicious. we have a starter and from there you just take from one of the 2 common plates
with other dishes.
When we're about to leave the host comes with a note in danish! "Tak for besøget" or something similar.
That's the closest I've come to meeting a dane.
Next surprise: a stranger is driving the car back. If you have something to drink, you hire a chauffeur
to drive you home. When we get there, a car that has been following us, stops too. It's the drivers
wife I guess. He must be able to go on from here. A solution to be taken up in Europe and entirely
in the japanese spirit.
I think Nori said it costs 2200 Y = 16€.