One Man Walking

2008-06-16 Lawnmower men

June 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Taking the smaller roads meant a three hour walk to the first store to buy breakfast. The lady in charge spoke better English than my Japanese and she help point out where the samurai houses were in Kakunodate and that the lake just north of town has a beautiful statue of Princess Tatsuko.

As I was stuffing my bag after refueling at a MaxValu supermarket I noticed a man on the bench staring at me. If I’d had the language skills I’d have said something like “don’t stare so hard or your eyes might fall out!”. A bit harsh maybe but he was being far too nosey for my liking. Instead I turned and waved as I left saying only “Sayonara!” as a cheery parting shot. I think that got to him because he chased me across the car park to ask where I was going. “Hokkaido, by foot” I said and carried on.
The next guy I talked to was old and looked confused, maybe by my presence. He asked me “nan netsu?” I don’t know what that means but he didn’t care to clarify, just waving me away when I said I didn’t understand.

Tonight I’m camping in a sports shed on the edge of a field used for “ground-golf” (as opposed to the more popular sport of air-golf). While I was sitting on the back steps a group of men turned up to mow the lawns and I stayed out of sight until they left. Despite a wonderfully sunny day it now looks like rain, and I hate camping in the rain.

Word of the day: onaji = same

Distance today: 47 km


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Jun 20, 2008 at 10:35 am

    As far as I’m aware ‘nan’ will mean ‘what’ or a question which can usually be rephrased to use ‘what’.
    熱 = netsu = (1) Hot, feverish. (2) To have a fever for something, a mania for something. (3) To concentrate on, work at. (4) Bile, gall. One of the three fluid qualities of the body.

  • 2 Peter // Jun 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

    So, “Where’s the fire?”, “What are you doing you hardcore?” or “What disgusting bile are you?”

  • 3 Peter A // Jun 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Lol, I took it to mean “what is your illness/mania?” or “what is wrong with you?” A damn good question if you ask me :P

    Maybe it was the smell?

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