Off Yonder – Adventure Travel Stories - Seeing the world for what it is

Hiroshima & Kyoto
Honshu, Japan

The first trip Natalie and I took after she arrived was on the train south to Hiroshima. It was a pretty wet and gloomy day… sort of appropreate as we toured the Peace Park and A-Dome, one of the few buildings still standing after the bomb. We then headed over to Miya-Jima (island) to see […]

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The Grand Shrine
Ise, Japan

It’s about time I had a little slap in the face regarding Japanese culture. Coming to Japan, I knew things would be different. The culture, the food, the lifestyle, and oh, how can I forget the language! But these were differences I expected, and for the most part have not been surprised as related issues […]

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Universal Studios Japan
Osaka, Japan

What originally started off as a trip for two to fill the dream for Miki to visit USJ, quickly evolved at the last minute to a group ordeal. Normally Kazunori works on Sundays but was able to get some time off to join the group and serve as driver for the long 3 hour haul […]

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Sea of Japan
Komono to Fukui, Japan

With the limited weekend time I have, Saturday night to Monday afternoon, I decided to make a run for the border and see how far I could get, and if I could get back in time for class! Well, the short of it is I did, and had an excellent trip to boot. To be […]

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That Is Japan (TIJ)
Yunoyama, Japan

“TIJ” – goes the saying, That is Japan. For the unexplainable, of which there is plenty in this world of extremes. Like the little car I drive, and all the little cars here have a “reverse beeper!” Look out, little car backing up! And there is not a “piece of crap” car on the roads […]

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Horse Jumping – Tado Style
Tado, Japan

This was one of the crazyist things I’ve ever seen done with a horse. I have to admit, I don’t have stacks of experience with horses, but this is really out there! This event is meant to predict, or encourage the coming year’s rice crop. I’m not sure which way the influence works, The test […]

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