One Man Walking

2008-04-25 Dr Ashioto I presume

April 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Sorry Ian I stole your line. When I met Chris at Lawsons (a popular convenience store) it was the best intro I had. So I’ve met another uberhiker crossing Japan this year. We’ve walked together all day and compared notes on our trips so far. It’s great to be able to talk so freely again. It’ll take me a very long time to be able to describe girlfriends or how much work my dad is doing to keep this blog going in Japanese.


At a fruit stand another customer, possibly a local, talked to us a bit. I understood the basic questions like how old are you, where are you from etc. After we’d told our lot the cheery guy was waving his little finger and saying something about “kanojo”. Depending on the context that could mean “she” or “girlfriend”. Whatever he meant it made the others laugh and inspired him to smack poor Chris on the arse. Quite unexpected. It occurred to me later that perhaps he was calling us little girls for trying something as soft as walking across his country, but given that he was so happy and gave us both plum buns when he left I am sure he was just being funny.

It’s cold up here at the pass. I think I’ve lost my last few grams of body fat and was shivering so much I had trouble eating my pot noodle.

Word of the day: toge = pass (as in mountain pass)

Distance today: 36 km

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  • 1 Chris ( // Apr 28, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Ah, the little finger in the air and “kanojo” is definitely a girlfriend reference.

    The arse-smacking thing happens with disturbing regularity. Most conversations that involve a mid-50’s to late 60’s Japanese man will inevitably end with a friendly tap to the posterior..

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