I too found a great source of inspiration in homeless japan wiz's threads. I plan to undertake the same journey one day as well, it looked extremely interesting.
He later said that he planned to go to Japan again, but this time to stay there permanently looting their temples to buy food. I wonder whether he achieved his plans…
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Would you be interested in cooperating strategies and gathering information?
I enjoyed his thread, and his whole paranoid end of the world reasoning etc.
Sure, but it's a rather long term plan of mine. I don't plan to realize it any time soon. Two or three years from now at best. I've got some more pressing matters at hand currently.
But I do plan to take the three months out one day and undertake this adventure.
Besides I don't think much else besides a plane ticket is needed. The wiz himself said that he left most of his stuff behind anyways. You just fly out and travel around the countryside. It must be an extremely comfy experience. I will try to stay out of cities when I do this. I'm especially excited about entering small night-time convenience shops, temples and biking past all the rice fields and rural settlements. It's going to be great.
I wish you good luck wiz, I hope you'll get to it as well.
Yes, I want to do it. But the best time is in Sep-Oct-Nov, because I hate the heat and it's optimal for sleeping outside. I first need to autistically plan and make a budget. I don't plan to be so extreme as japanwiz, only eating cheap white bread everyday and drinking alcohol heavily.
Therefore I have to plan to suit my needs and wants.
Do share. It might come in handy when I'll be taking the journey myself.
Alright. Well I'll be working on my personalized itinerary plan. I will make sure to share it for those interested like you.
gonna second the interest in your stories and itinerary when you get it made up. Thanks wiz
Cool. Id meet u there wizzies.
You should be wary of moonsoon occurring in September/October as well.
why was he homeless there in the first place? Did he lose his airfare money to get home or something?
He believed the world would end and he wanted to die in Japan. When it didn't, he stuck around and drank a lot of alcohol. Afterwards he said it was a great experience and he wanted to live like that permanently.
From what I’ve heard japan is pretty humid
I think you mean typhoons. But it shouldn't affect much. Even then I'd rather a day or two stuck under a bridge than three months of walking and sleeping outside through hot and sticky humid Japanese summer.>>142199
Yes, but by the end of the year things are much nicer with cool mornings and evenings.
If you aren't a social Chad you will probably have a bad time. You'll just be by yourself in a country you can't understand the language with no comforts and no money with no way to get help from others. Even if you learn the language the situation will be the same. People only help Chads.
>>142151>It must be an extremely comfy experience.
I recall him saying saying it was very hard but overall a positive experience. I don't remember him calling it comfy at all.
That was a great thread. Does anyone have an archive of it?
got an archive of that thread?
I'm afraid this will be the experience for most wizards. I spent a while in Japan just wandering around and it kind of sucked for a large portion of the time. Average people will treat you just as shitty as they do at home, normalfags are the same anywhere you go on the planet. If you don't speak the language it's going to be even worse and if you have issues with social anxiety it can quickly become a Hell of your own making.
Its a nice country and I'd like to go back but I would never want to live there as a homeless person.
humid and full of acidic rain
The curse of humidity does not seem to befit the great nation of Nippon. They should install humongous nuclear-powered dehumidifiers across the country.
i posted in the general homeless thread recently about going ti the us pnw, where people supposed to be more laid back regarding homeless but its just like everywhere else, might as well be in anywhere usa. but you are right, people out here just the same as anywhere else, and will treat you shitty if they think you not on their level or higher. Overall my visit here kind if sucks as whatever made this place different is gone but it has its moments too. I tried to escape the bullshit but the longer I hang out here sometimes I think I shouldve just stayed where i came from. Im glad i didnt go all the way to japan to see the same thing, though it would be nice to visit but cant imagine having the added difficulty of not knowing the language.
Yeah, just wandering around is the dumbest thing ever unless you really know the country, i.e. you are a native. It's not even about ebil normies, it's just that everything you'll see will just be too boring because you don't know the cultural/historical background behind it, so you can't really appreciate it.
If I had enough money to travel there, I'd visit only specific places, like arcades, maid cafes, restaurants and temples. If I wanted an adventure, I'd climb Fuji or something.
hey wiz, im still here
here's a pic of the whole journey, occasionally i would mark the gps location i was at, usually at the end of each day but sometimes i didn't have my phone charged or i would mark interesting spots also. but looking at all the markers zoomed out shows the course kind of, quickly drew lines to show rough route i took
>>142142>He later said that he planned to go to Japan again, but this time to stay there permanently looting their temples to buy food. I wonder whether he achieved his plans…
haven't really done anything of interest since japan, typical neet life>>142154>Yes, I want to do it. But the best time is in Sep-Oct-Nov, because I hate the heat and it's optimal for sleeping outside
that's the exact timeframe i did. it was so hot for the first month and a half when i was in japan that i couldn't even sleep, when i went into my sleeping bag i would be sweating and dripping wet. but i HAD to get into sleeping bag because the mosquitos and bugs get all over me. i would go october at the earliest, september was brutally hot, maybe the weather is different now though>>142214
it gets super fucking cold in november and december. at least it feels that way when you are constantly outside exposed to weather. during that time if you get rained on at night you'll freeze your ass off to death man and your sleeping bag/blankets will never be able to dry>>144841>If you aren't a social Chad you will probably have a bad time. You'll just be by yourself in a country you can't understand the language with no comforts and no money with no way to get help from others. Even if you learn the language the situation will be the same. People only help Chads.>being alone is bad>needing money to get help from others>wanting help from others
who fucking cares about any of that? not knowing what anyone was saying and being alone was the greatest part of it. the reason i isolate myself from the world is because hearing other people makes me angry. their words invade my head and echo in my mind, everything they say repeats over and over. and they expect you to talk with them, or listen to them, it might as well be some form of assault for me. only in japan could i hear people speak and it didn't drive me insane, it was nonsense because i don't know japanese. you could shit on going to japan for any other reason and i will probably agree with you but the isolation and langauge barrier has incalculable value>>148459>it's just that everything you'll see will just be too boring because you don't know the cultural/historical background behind it, so you can't really appreciate it.
it would be too hard to convince anyone about anything, i just know it wasn't boring for me. i can pull open google maps and retrace the path i took and when i go into google streetview i can instantly remember what happened that day and all kinds of other details, like some grand story, all these little things. i took thousands of pictures, lots of video and audio recording. my life and thoughts now are like a perpetual nostalgia for those memories. not knowing what anything was just let my imgination go wild. even now i still think about it. it was only 3 months but being outside the entire time and walking and bicycling everywhere and having time to think it felt like i was there over a year, it did something positive for my mental health that remains remains even today. i doubt anyone cares, before i went there i didn't care about things like this. before i went there i don't think i could even imagine myself caring or feeling so strognly about an experience
>>148613>their words invade my head and echo in my mind, everything they say repeats over and over. >but the isolation and langauge barrier has incalculable value
I guess for some people, personally I'd feel more insecure because I wouldn't know what they might be saying about me.>before i went there i don't think i could even imagine myself caring or feeling so strognly about an experience
that's great, why don't you go there again or maybe to some other country?
>>148628>that's great, why don't you go there again or maybe to some other country?
it's expensive to fly across the world, and that's not including the costs of surving there. if i was rich maybe i'd do this again but i'm neet and my savings from 6 years ago have been dwindling. i'd rather hold out as long as possible. when the inevitable time comes i must resume wageslaving and if i save up well, maybe then i might be able to do something again
i guess my parents told other relatives about my trip, and i guess they told other people in turn. recently some distant relatives in spain wanted to sponsor me, they contacted my parents. i'm not even sure what that means, but i guess they are okay with me living with them. i don't care for popular places or seeing other people, chances are they and others in spain speak english, there is probably a lot of tourists there, i might be forced to interact with them despite not even knowing who they are, i doubt it would be completely free… it's very different from a place like rural japan, so for now the only thing i can justify is neeting as long as possible. still curious what others think about it
Because many imageboard-dwellers have a romanticized view of Japan due to watching too much anime.
pretty much >>148649
although as a child i wasn't exposed to anime. it was more everything i had read and learned about the place culminated into a fantasy in my head separate from reality. and this feeling persisted into adulthood
Well I felt most uncomfortable in those places but really enjoyed the more rural settings. I didn't go during a touristy season and apparently the enormous swaths of Chinese tourists weren't interested in stuff outside of cities so there were a lot of temples/parks/etc that were all but deserted. I had to hop a fence to climb Fuji since it was closed but it was was really nice to sit at the top of a volcano alone, something about that environment felt weird like it was wizardly state or something.
Also a thing about the more run-down rural places to check out- you need to keep an eye on the transportation to get out of there or you'll find yourself trapped with several hours of walking away from a train station. I had a few close calls with this.
The arcades were full of people and cigarette smoke, restaurants were scary because everyone would stare at you, maid cafes are actually staffed by your typical succubus, like what would get called "Stacey" here. Funny thing is when they were standing outside handing out fliers they would ignore me, some things go beyond cultural borders.
As someone who has been there, it's also just a pretty nice country. Like a warm and humid Asian version of Iceland.
God damn! I'm not the only one… Count me in. I will check ticket costs for late summer next year. It's probably going to cost around 3x my monthly salary and I will give up the idea of going there.
But what about monsoons and typhoons? Aren't they a danger even miles inland?
>>148693>But what about monsoons and typhoons? Aren't they a danger even miles inland?
Not that I'm aware.
So I can go for 4 weeks. Prices are bearable. Where should I look for tickets if I live in EU?
If you ever find the time to compile your journey in a written form be sure to share it here.
I'd be more than happy to read it.>>149112
The cheapest option I got was provided by Vietnam Airlines.
try skyscanner, book at least 3/4 or more months prior to the journey
Just want to say that I respect your position and will probably do the same in the next months since I live in japan currently but never actually did a fuck all this shit tour specially because I dont really care that much about traveling but your testmony made me think maybe it will affect me in some way too.
Only problem is that I live in kanto and most of cool stuff is in kansai but well, will see what route i choose since i know some japanese history from my feudal japan weaboo games.
Have you saved the posts you made on here? Would love to see them again, with the pictures and stuff or if you can write up a google doc, need this inspiration wiz pls
i only posted in two threads, well i guess this one now also, but they got archivedhttps://archive.fo/nIPkphttps://archive.is/LWKyk
pictures don't seem to work once archived, but i lost most of them anyway now so thumbnails are better than nothing
Welp Thats it boys. Tickets are already bought. Mid june to july. Im buying Rail pass and heading deep south. Anyone interested in updates?
Wish you luck and safe travels.
yeah i'll be interested if you're heading to kyushu, that was my favorite place in japan. my goal was getting to kyushu's miyazaki prefecture, and i was there in kushima for a while
i recommend checking out amakusa, nagasaki, and obama hot springs near mount unzen
it's probably going to be stupid hot if you're going there in june-july, so good luck
Yes very, especially the preparation. Perhaps make a video or post explaining your reasoning and what your plan is, what you're bringing, etc.
When you enter the country you need to write gown your place of residence. If a police-man ever sees a gaijin sleeping on the street、something he has never seen before、he will investigate you and I'd guess there will be trouble.
There might be some here due to lack of of further explanations. Im gonna sleep in hostels or somehing. I'll figure it out on the go. Internet cafes seem to be reasonably priced aswell. Couchsurfing maybe. I'll write down adress for the place I'll plan to sleep at the first night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZPe_CyEoik
Those guys slept in tents in public parks and other public places. I guess It's not as dangerous as it seems. Some pointers to a SIM card with internet on it would be nice too, so I could manage my funds and upload photos.
Im staying for longer than 21 days so I have to choose if i want to stay in Tokyo at the start or the end. At the end seems better for me. Once im done with moving around the country, I'll get some peace there before departuring back home. Whats so cool about Obama? Myōtsū-ji looks cool (Reminds me of Siren Blood Curse) but I don't see anything else there. Ending in Kagoshima to have a look at pic related seems like a good achievement. I have to read up on how to get to Mt. Fuji somehow.
>>156840>When you enter the country you need to write gown your place of residence.
you can put down anything, i found a pamphlet from i had from the china airport on japan and it had a japanese address and i just put that. no idea what it was
>If a police-man ever sees a gaijin sleeping on the street、something he has never seen before、he will investigate you and I'd guess there will be trouble.
that's also not a big deal. if you're in some public place like a tunnel, they just wake you up and tell you to move. if you sleep in the park, they might come to you if someone calls the police but they'll check for your passport first and search your shit. they never did a very good job, mainly unzip bag and peak inside, purely just for the sake of doing it i guess
I know, but knowing my luck (odd look and behaviour) I'm assuming they'll call the place and ask if I'm booked there. So booking at least one place in advance is a must.
As about sleeping outside, I don't think I have the balls to actually do so. Setting up a tent at some beaches sounds cool though so I might try it. Oh and I'm definitely gonna see JAXA too.
Cool thing is that most of the places I want to see are along main train lines.
asia is a white western normie playground. they work to death to uphold western life, then they come to completley destroy their culture haha
I slept in a sports complex site while in Japan. Nobody was there at night and I jumped the fence and eventually passed out on a bench. The groundskeeper awoke me with "Ohaiyo!" in the morning and I shambled away.
This was in rural Japan though.
i wouldn't want to be a white westerner in japan. Japanese teenagers apparently have a cruel streak when it comes to abusing the actually Japanese homeless. i shudder to think what they would do to a white westerner. probably take you apart at the joints and murder you in an excruciatingly painful fashion.
and then the police would find your mangled body and say you died of a heart attack so that they didn't have bad numbers for their department.
Statistically it is still a extremely safe country and you are far less likely to have anything bad happen to you in regard to violence then the vast majority of the developed world.
>>156878>Japanese teenagers apparently have a cruel streak when it comes to abusing the actually Japanese homeless
Thats a myth tough, it happened like one single time years ago but Japan is such a boring place when it comes to crime that news media fabricated a whole fake epidemic and ran with the news intensively for a brief period of time attaching all sorts of analisis on how the youth is disensitised and moral and traditions is making society break apart. Your regular moral panic.
Then it started appearing on media and animes ran with it like if it were a day to day ocurrence, thats where you probably saw the "kids bully the homeless" bullshit, in some japanese cartoon.
The statistics are all lies. There were very high profile cases where the police have covered up obvious murders just because that's how it is done in Japan. Having bad crime statistics for your deparments means you won't be promoted and every police station is full of people more worried about their reputation and future job prospects than in actually doing their jobs. No one has any fucking clue how much crime goes on in Japan but we know for sure that it's way more than is reported, especially murder.
yeah, big surprise, nowhere is safe. that doesn't even need said. it's still way better than most places
My dream is to someday unpoor myself enough to be able to get a 1 to 2 month jap visa and do the Shikoku pilgrimage route to justify myself walking around like a hobo in the japanese countryside.
Fuck you too, buddy.
>>156930>free for up to 6 months from Germany
Why the fuck does it ALWAYS have to be FUCKING JAPAN??
South Korean detected
In fact it's kind of funny.
>"OHAYO">Wake up>Oh shit there is people>run away.
In the 80s the USA was the first economy and Japan the number two, Japan is also the other major media and technology exporter so its only natural that there is a bromance between the two. Since the occupation Japan is full of westaboos too, theres a lot of pop culture exchange.
thats a good way to put it. i always just thought japan was cool as fuck since i was little, i guess that helps explain why
I think it's because the entire country is emotionally repressed like them so they think they would fit in there.
Because of anime. That's literally it. Like >>156971
said, there was a lot of cultural exchange. Japan mostly got america's music, and america got anime and japanese video games mostly.
I was wondering about going to Okinawa but after watching "Yakuza 3 Okinawa locations tour" the magic was gone. This trip has nothing to do with otaku stuff.
No other asian country ticks all these boxes;
-rich online resources(about all the stuff needed to prepare trip.
Well in the end it might actually boil down to paris syndrome caused by anime, movies and photos portraying Japan as some fairy tale ,green, mysterious Island full of old relics but with 4G internet and convenience store everywhere. Fuck. The railway pass is gonna cost me as much as I paid for a plane tickets.
easy travelling and introvert friendly sounds like a lot to ask for, I mean you're going to have to go through lots of paperwork, spend lots of money and might get harassed by local law enforcement and the state pretty much anywhere you go, no?
south korea was actually the place i planned eventually visiting after japan, all those requiresments are filled. it's even more technologically advanced and has better info online i think as well. as a bonus, they use a real fucking alphabet not ten million runes that can be adequately learned in a few hours
South Korea is more
technologically advanced than Japan is? How so and since when?
not really, but they are still advanced enough anyway compared against anyone besides japan. i was just basing it off robot density. i always think of japan as a robot place, but south korea is the most robotic place on earth by a long shot
Makes sense. I wondered if westaboos over there was as common as weebs in America/the west.>>156974
I dunno. Anime is a big part of it, but likely not the only bit. Probably Japanese culture is just weird or different enough from western culture to be appealing to us>>156975
Interesting. I like the introverted-ness of Japanese culture. Hope you can go to Japan.
Japs like cheap labor just as much as any other country.
those are for visa-free visits, to work or gain any money in japan you need a visa. i guess maybe it helps them find jobs though.
Those failure imperialist nips are just as much of a normalfag than other countries if not more. They just dont have the courage to be honest and also too much of a schemer to trust each other
yeah but robots, anime, and samurai are cool
Take pictures of the following:
- A cat
- A dark pavetop in a dimly lit alleyway at night during the rain.
- A rice field.
- A skyscraper eclipsing a large cloud.
- A stranger dispassionately walking by, ignoring the fact that you're taking a picture.
Ye–OH GOD, I FORGOT HOW COMFY TRAIN PICTURES ARE.
Are you going to go to any rural areas? I would love to see some nice pictures of little towns if at all possible.
What are you doing in Japan wizzie?
>>157692>Also when I left Nagojas underground there was already one homeless dude lying on a pavement. It's center of the city for Christ Cake. Even my Slav shithole removes sleeping hobos from metro stations. So all in all Japan isn't as perfect as a lot of us thinks.
Boohoo poor little thing saw a homeless person
Could have just as well been a salaryman on his lunch break.
Nope. That was a hobo. No suit and tie.>>157697
Boo boo Japan can't handle homeless people as good as Poland does. Besides, I was cherry picking. It was 18:00. today at 6-7am there were no hobos there. It was in fact the only hobo I saw in nagoya station-tv tower-nagoya castle-plaza21 area. So in reality it's better than my home city.>>157684
It's even more comfy in the green class. Everybody's quiet and car is almost empty.
Is this stream_wiz's Japanese expedition?
Can you elaborate? I don't know what do you want to say here. I thought someone here might enjoy some OC straight from nihongo.
Shit is not worth it. 35 minutes of waiting time in a queue to get up. And I had to pay 700 ¥gold for the ticket.
I found the place from "the photo". It's evil. There was nobody there; totally empty. Then I went a little south, east and back north. Then more of those places popped up and I saw tattooed guy for the first time. There were only shady males around. I tried to fight this evil but I'm too weak, especially as I went alone.
Maybe the smell comes from the people. I remember talking to an asian person that had the scent of some sort of food dish, a very strong scent that I could smell from far away. It boggles my mind that a person could smell that much. I normally can't feel the scent of people at all unless I'm really close to them.
What’s the weather like? Hot and humid? I’ve heard summer in japan can be very unpleasant.
Polish wiz you should go see the countryside and take some comfy pics of temples, rice-fields & shit.
I googled it and some people say it's some tree blossoming. It went away in Osaka. Then I opened my backpack in amanohashidate and it hit me again, that was funny how it stayed inside of my backpack for so long. I smelt it briefly in amanohashidate at the train station but it disappeared quickly.>>157760
Weather was perfect. Not as unbearably hot as in Poland. Now it's worse because there is rain in amanohashidate so it's cold. I don't know about humidity but there's nothing I could complain about.>>157762
Shrine - check
Rice field -check
Some shit in the background -check
Some of these photos are oddly comfy.
Looks mundane to me
Why did you go to Japan? Do you like the food you have eaten there?
Still dull because hes obviously referencing to the posted picture
You don't seem to be enjoying the trip. What were your expectations? Did you go for a particular reason or just tourism
I haven't eaten much so far. Some j-breakfast in Ryokan, some trash food from konbini and takoyaki(Japanese taco).
I went there because why not? I had money to waste and I saw a lot of j movies and anime. I wanted to experience that Paris syndrome. I can't give you a single particular reason responsible for my trip. It was my whole life leading to it. I could make a big blog post of all the reasons I'm doing it.>>157773
I did enjoy Nagoya a little bit. I disliked Osaka. Fushimi Inari was okay but you need like 2 days to look around. Now Fushimi Inari in Kyoto by dusk, night. I tell you this, I could walk around naked and still feel safe. This place is like no other. Like A micro Beverly hills. I'm on the top of Kyoto station at night and holy Frick, the view is totally worth it all.
Can you explain what your tipping point was? At what point did truly decide to make this journey?
Were you scared?
Are you scared now?
Tipping point? I was looking at ticket prices for my flight dates and noticed one day "oh shit it's more expensive by a few dollars now". So I impulsively bought them because I knew I wouldn't fly there this year for as cheap as I did if I had kept delaying the purchase.
I had this trip on my mind for a year or two. I was hoping to get the feeling of being in a video game(I mean some surreal feel in general), but it quickly faded after the first day. Walking around nagoya did feel eerie but then I was crushed by the reality of 80% of people being Chinese in Osaka and by generic'ness of the place.
I was scared at the begining when I had not internet on my phone. I had trouble finding my hotel but the lady in tourist info place pointed me towards my hotel. I fixed phone internet at a hotel. Then everything seemed easy. The only trouble was when I called in my Ryokan in amanohashidate to tell that I'll be late and they were scared of talking with gajin and basically said "fuck off". I arrived at the ryokan at 22 o clock and obachan welcomed me without any fuss. Walking through the sandbar at night was really comfy. So there were a few hours where I was saffraid I'd miss trains for amano and that Ryokan would not let me in.(well and Tabita shinchi was really, really scary too) I'm not scared now but I'm sure there will be a few more moments when Im going to be scared.
>>157774>I tell you this, I could walk around naked and still feel safe. This place is like no other.
finally man, someone else to vouch for japan being safe. over my whole trip there my bike and all my belongings were probably left unattended for hours each day and no one bothered me either. it was really good.
Im a retard trying to get to okunoin temple. If I won't write tomorrow then sayonara wizbros.
Update. I'm on the Mt misen observatory. I think I can make it back but if not…
I only had a can of beer with me when I started walking.
Everything went better than expected. Mijajyma is beautiful.
Thank you for the thoughtful response.
If you have the time and resources, you should absolutely start a blog.
Thank you for the pictures, too. Those are a nice escape when I look at them.
Have you ever seen bosozokus or yakuzas?
Czarodzieju złoty, z całego serca dziękuje ci za te posty, bo tchnąłeś pasje w nasze czarne dusze.
Może ty tego tak nie odczuwasz ale miej świadomość że swoją relacją wybudziłeś w nas tą jakby pierwotną ludzką tęsknote za nieznanym.
Jest to przyjemne uczucie i nie mogę się już doczekać zdjęć. Dziękuje.
Also below a post snippet from the original homeless Wiz Can't help but find this to be very profound and thought provoking, at least for me.>>>the experience was so enjoyable it has permanently altered my dreams each night. now in my dreams i just wander around japan-type landscapes and sceneries and look at things, and every night it's like this. sometimes in my dreams i see something so beautiful, maybe colorful clouds and an arranged environment with good feelings, i try and take a photo of it using my camera, i try to capture it so i can always remember it. but of course once you wake up there is no picture, it's sad. i want to go back eventually
I wrote it here that I saw some tattooed man. I can't tell if he was Yakuza or not. He was some youngster though, so It wasn't impressive.
I saw once or twice riders on a loud bikes but they weren't remarkable in any way. I wouldn't call them bosozokus.>>157848
Well… It certainly is a fairy land compared to our vast forests/plains in the country side and old commie blocks, new apartments dotted with biedronkas and teskos extra. Passing by old drunkards sitting under "alkohole24". Streets loitered with cars and trash. Broken bottle glass in many spots. And graffiti on every flat, vertical space. Don't get me wrong. I don't mean all those bad sights happen everywhere, they are scattered over different places but it all comes to mind when I'm thinking about home. I'd love to live here, but I miss bułki z budyniem and schabowe so much already; And oddly shaking hands too. I hate to shake hands every day with coworkers but here a single handshake feels very comforting.
An look. My YouTube ads ahs gone crazy due to the trip. https://youtu.be/vM_WcyG3CVU
How you've been??
I know what it means. There's an anime called aho succubus.
While I was in the mountains I found this notebook of someone working at inpex corporation. The notes end on the 15 of April.
I'm not going to post more now because I'm afraid of being lawsued due to revealing confidential info.
Sounds mysterious, you think there's crude under mount Fuji?
also nigger you're paranoid.>>157973
i wonder if it would be possible just to live on money you get from blood donations if you live in a vehicle
set aside money for your car insurance(which is like 50 bucks if geico)
only eat food you get from food banks, dumpsters or through welfare(ebt cards)
So, is Akihabara as overhyped as people say?
It's just like in every other city there. Main Street crowded and 5 meter next to it smaller, parallel, empty alley. Because there are not as many shops.
Akihabara should be burnt to the ground with all its degeneracy. Adult entertainment and media, maid caffes with maidens on the street corners handing out flyers. Anime figurines and other models. Pachinko. Trading cards of all kinds. From Pokémon and yougioh to some Japanese anime succubi lewd cards. Oh and the dolls! I even went to the famous Pop life department m's. I moonwalked from it straight after seeing all the 3dpd degeneracy on the 1st floor. If I'd want to see every corner there… I'm sure I'd find more interesting spots but I gave up after getting lost for the third time. I went to the 2k540 and then for Tokyo sky tree. It costs 1000 yen so I didn't go there. Blister on my foot is so bad now I'm limping. It will probably get infected soon. I looked for a better shoes in the morning but they had like (Japanese)27 as their max size and that's just one number too small for me.
I found one shop with dojinshi on the second floor. I think I'll buy some grade A fap material there before leaving. Seriously… Stuff they had there would make even a faggot's dick hard as diamonds.
Sounds deliciously degenerate.
I can't help myself whenever I meet with visions like you describe I feel this mix of curiosity, disgust and satisfaction. I am way to old and prejudiced to let myself be enveloped by hedonism like the crowd do, so I always feel like a traveller from a distant time. An alien researcher studying primitive civilizations.
Please consider wearing 2 pairs of socks to avoid blisters wizzie, I guarantee that if they are made from breathable material it won't really change the way you feel during hot weather.
I can't believe the second and third floor of comic zin is so empty. I get it, it's a small shop with narrow paths. But the amount of lewdness in this place! At first I thought I'd buy an entire box but then the reality of money kicked in and I left with bnha short manga(tsuyu ftw), one big artbook for 3k yen and one miscellaneous thing. Clerk had to take off the plastic wrapping out of bnha. Some foreigner there told me it's because they reuse those plastic wrappings.>>158019>Hedonism
It's a one perfect word to describe this place. Bo so are most of any "social" attractions in any place. "Insert coin to feel good" machines.
There was one pachinko place. People had their smartphones attached to the machines. It reminded me of the matrix movie. It was so loud my ears hurt like in no other place. It was a white noise. It felt odd honestly. I was expecting some music or… Anything else. It simply was white static noise. Pretty bizarre place.
Are you sleeping outside like the OG Japan wiz or are you staying in hotels like a cuck?
Why are you taking a picture of a random succubus who's taking a picture of you?>>158075
>>158114>I'm not alpha enough to sleep outside… And it's freezing in sapporo now.
Wtf is doing Pope on the top here?
Apparently somebody in the moderation department is not happy with me posting so many photos. There's this installation that looks like a tree with various people on it. Theres a Pope on the top of it. Dropped pin
Near 10 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japanhttps://maps.app.goo.gl/qYzx73AxRDeUMgLx7
posting actual interesting photos is verboten but spamming the site with disgusting furry and faggot shite is encouraged tho
He is jealous lmao the loser weeb
Well this sucks.
Every time you post, your photos (and stories) really brighten my day wizzie. How could anyone feel different when looking at them?
I overreacted here. For all we know it might be an automated system mechanism.(but I still can't post them yet)>>158115>Succubus
I think there's 65% chance of that person being female. They are all so skinny and slender it's scary. And the succubi's bike is often used by males too. Mamachari are popular among everyone here.
Are you trying to post more than one image at once? I don't think you can do that on this board, it's 1 image per post.
Otherwise I think you're probably hitting some flood detection system.
I'm the OP of this thread and finally after years of wanting to do this I will finally take a flight by the end of this month.
Wish me luck wizzies as I am honestly scared since all I've ever been is a sheltered NEET.
WIZZIE! Be perspicacious and remember that fortune favors the brave. I am so happy for you!
I hope you are going to report your trip ITT, no?
Thank you wiz. I will report my trip ITT. Perhaps it'll be of good to my fellow wizzies, as I myself used the original Japan-traveling wiz's stories and pictures to daydream.
White pig please stay away from japan. We do not need more homeless losers.
I finally found some wall covered in graffiti. It was in Shinjuku.>>158168
My only advice is to avoid big cities. You can set up a camp in some river valley and stay there. Buy water purifier for the river water. I saw one once on my way through some remote mountains.
Are you the original Japan wiz? Do you have any other advice?
Is it safe to drink the river water straight or do I absolutely need a purifier? Where can I get one and which do you recommend?
well, look at it this way.
As a teenager I got lost in the woods three times and every time drank river water and never got sick.
But if I were to go camping right now I would bring a purifier.
If every time you take a drink there is a 1% chance of it containing a harmful parasite, then it makes more sense to drink water then not when you're desperately trying to get back to your dads car, but if you're living out there and drinking water every day for a long period you would be foolish to not use a purifier.
Thank god my dad never called mountain rescue on me, that would have been embarrassing. Im glad he trusted me to not die.
And thank god threads stay up for so long here. I really like this website it gives me peace of mind that this community is still intact and not poisoned by the rest of the internet even after all these years.
oh, I forgot to recommend one.
If you plan on living in the woods for a long period of time, I would recommend a steripen($70), as it can be used practically forever and works very well. It uses ultraviolet radiation to disintegrate the DNA of tiny things.
If you are very strapped for cash, the lifestraw($10) works but it is not as comfy. Instead of filling up a water bottle, purifying it, and then drinking it, you keep a bottle of dirty water around and drink it through a straw that doesn't suck it up as fast as you'd like.
How many times did you utilize it? I don't think it'll be necessary as long as I plan ahead when it comes to water. And if things were to get bad I could risk drinking the water unfiltered. Or beg people for water.
I would not recommend that.
These waterborne parasites will severely damage you. $70 is worth being able to drink even the dirtiest water forever
>>158208>Are you the original
Just ask for tap water at konbini or random homes. If you don't believe in bad luck then you're welcome to steal all the coins along the paths leading to mountains. Having to haul 1Yen coins around could be difficult and the sound can give you away. BUT i saw coin piles on rocks only at Miyajima's mountain. I'm not sure if you can climb um just any mountain and find those coin piles.
If I were to try going hobo there, I'd follow the route of OG wizard. Go somewhere where they cultivate mangos and steal them. Set up a tent in the area. If necessary buy toast bread for calories.
No I was the one who went on a trip recently. I came back home today and jetlag + sore throat/ some kind of flu is killing me. I managed to review half of the photos I took. I'll probably upload them within next week.
how does one go hobo in a foreign, insular country where you stand out so much?
Based and wizpilled
Do you have a ticket back? How much money do you have prepared for this adventure?>>158254
I meant to write here that I am not the original hobo-wiz.>>158264
Even if you do stand out there's not much danger (in being spotted) involved because I don't think they have more than 1 policeman per town there. And you will pass only a few people on the street. It obviously depends on the neighbourhood too.
11,8GB and 3250 photos. Uploading it is going to take some time…
This picture needs an explanation. I do not pay too much attention to time but I usually check it to know when to get off. This time train was 2 minutes late. It doesn't happen often, does it?
but being out in the sticks will make it that much more likely for you to be noticed and eventually watched, as I suppose they are not as used to foreigners as in the bigger cities, let alone homeless wandering foreigners.
>>158274>Do you have a ticket back? How much money do you have prepared for this adventure?
I do have a ticket back. My budget is a meager $500/month (~$10/day on food plus some) and a bit more for whatever other costs I might come across (mainly transportation). I plan on only eating cheaply at convenience stores or cheap places except maybe for the occasional exception in which I might spend extra to enjoy myself. I will be sleeping outside of course as the original Japan wiz did so that will amount to no costs.>>158276
I have read that the rural Japs see less foreigners and thus tend to be friendlier to them, as well as being overall friendlier and more open to each other as is normal in rural communities. As long as wherever I sleep I remain unseen, out of sight is out of mind.
>>158300>Unfortunately, Firefox has an insufficient buffer to decrypt data in the browser, and we recommend you to install the MEGA desktop app to download large files (or use Chrome)
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I'm going through your pictures right now. Is that a hotel or an airbnb? Also can you tell me about the immigration process? You have to give them an address, presumably the hotel you're staying at, correct? Do they ask many questions? I'm going to be sleeping outside like a homeless person but I might have to get a hotel for the first day.
Also, how was the weather? Was it unbearably hot?
It was a hotel room. But they're too expensive. I switched to "guest houses" where I only got a bed, not an entire room, for myself.
Don't sweat it. It's only a formality. Write down some address of any hotel in a city close to your airport and you're fine. I think it's just a formality. Weather was great for an European. Most of the days were cloudy but no rain from them. I remember the weather in Saga (and Kagoshima) was actually perfect for one day- cloudless sky and pleasant heat. I lied on an empty train station's bench and waited an hour for my train… I could lie there for an entire day, it was that much enjoyable. I kept dodging rain for 20 days. It only caught up with me in Tokyo on my last days. Now the rainy season is over and apparently "unbearable heat and humidity" season is coming. I didn't wear any head gear. Nobody in Japan does. Hats and (especially) sunglasses are a pretty rare sight on Japan(at least it was during my stay). It's cultural thing. So I was only wearing a tissue over my head like Ricardo for almost a week from Hiroshima to Kagoshima. Then the weather became so cloudy I didn't have to anymore.
Ps. if somebody were to ask me for a one place to visit in Japan that would be itsukushima. The back way up to the mountain was an experience like no other. I wish I had realised sooner that my phone doesn't always save pictures taken in hdr mode… I'm sure there were more photos from that place but they didn't save. PPS. If you manage to find a train station without any staff working there then it's a great place to sleep. Even if it's in urban area people will think "oh he missed the last train for today, nothing unusual here" as long as you don't smell like piss and shit(ie. typical hobo) and don't look like one, you should have nothing to worry about.
thank you based wizard!
Megaupload is shit thought, same problem >>158304
Error: File too big to be reliably handled in memory.
Do you know any other convenient place to upload? If not then i can split it into smaller parts.>>158277
Ok. Lets put this homeless fantasy aside and make an actually useful guide for budget travelling around japan. You can be homeless in your backyard. There's no need to go to japan if you only want to collect aluminium trashcans drink alcohol, stink and shit in back alleys.
-move either by bike or a motorcycle. You should consider renting a motorbike rather than buying a cheap one locally because if it breaks, you're less fucked in terms of repairs.
-sleep in a tent. If you're going there in the summer than You wont even need a lot of warm clothes but beware of rain. Nobody can tell you what clothing exactly to bring because it will change along with weather. Clothing in Japan isn't expensive so I wouldn't bring too much of it with myself. I wouldn't know where good spots to set up a tent are. I was travelling by train after all. Im sure if you travel by coast there should be many good spots along the beaches. I'd be scared of the tides though.
Of course you can sleep on the benches in a sleeping back. Think about the rain, what happens if you are awaken in the middle of the night by rain? Shit, that's really good question i'd like to know answer to myself. If a tent gets wet it can still be packed onto a bike but hauling all this additional water in a backpack would be exhausting. I'm gonna say it again. Train stations are the best because they provide a roof. But you cant enter one if there's an employee working there. I don't remember bus stions having any form of roofs.
-cook rice foods on a camping stove. I don't know where to refill or buy a new tank though. Or settle for bread and canned food but you won't like it very much. Hot cooked food is irreplaceable. Most konbini stores have microwaves and hot water free for use, it might come in handy. Bring your spork and knife with you. I couldn't find any there.
-water. There are rivers everywhere but I wouldn't drink from them. If you are in the mountains and find some brook/stream then I'd risk drinking it after filtrating. A bottle of 1.5/2 litres of water costs around 100 yen so it's not so bad. If you manage to find bigger bottles that's even better. You can also refill your bottle at any public toilet with tap water. I'd filter it anyway.
-washing your clothes and yourself. Use a bucket to wash yourself with a water from some river and then use it to wash your clothes.
-medicine/first aid. I only used band-aids for the blisters and abrasions on my feet. I (almost?) had a diarrhoea twice(once after my first japanese rice bowl and second time after drinking tap water from 7eleven) but it was more like "damn, im not sure if i can hold this shit much more before coming home" than "im gonna shit myself to death". Sometimes you just cant stomach some food and have to shit it out asap. I didn't had any infection. Sunburns? Not in june and not with my skin, you are different. Bring little bottle of sun-cream with yourself. if it's not enough buy it locally. Head bandana was just enough but if you can, get yourself cowboy fedora. Wilderness/bugs touching your head in forest is really unsettling. I didn't hear anything about ticks living in japan but cobwebs were pretty annoying.
Most of those advice can be found in any generic travelling guide anyway. The only difference here is geographical.
Nice pictures, went through all of them during one hour.
Very cool view from that ski jumping slope. I really digged all the photos of cars as well, some nice rarities (rare over here at least) you found.
Yeah, that's something funny. Everybody will tell you Saga and Obihiro are boring and there's nothing to do there… It might be true but i found many rare cars there. I think I've even spotted the mythical Supra (mk2/3) twice in those towns but it was from a bus/train so i couldn't take a photo. It was my general conclusion - best cars are found in rural/smaller towns with flat terrain around. Perhaps poorer regions might be a better definition. If you're wondering about pic related its nissan bluebird 310 (ProductionAugust 1959–63) Pretty cool, ain't it?
Ban'ei kyōsō Is a pretty unique event in Obihiro. Horse races but with a twist. I only took photos of the scoreboard because i have won on my first try and forgot about other things to photograph.
I can go to Japan for 90 days without a visa, but what happens if you overstay the visa? I heard the cops are ruthless and will deport you and ban you from ever coming back.
I only have few thousand bucks saved up and I don't know how I would make money or get a job if I was there.
Japan has the 2nd lowest murder rate after Iceland, no black or brown people, no Muslims, and the Japs are the only non-whites who like white people. Japan is like a safe space for white people who want to get away from the Muslims, blacks and browns who have been imported into our countries.
Also Japanese anime, video games, manga and music are higher quality and less anti-white then any of the shit America makes now. White people are portrayed more positively in Japanese anime than they are in Hollywood movies.
Thanks for the honest take. It's weird reading this since I planned on going to Nagoya for a long time.
Holy shit Akihabara sounds like paradise for a perverted degenerate weeb like me.
If you get scared, go to the embassy.
Don't overstay. Jap cops and jails are ruthless especially when it comes to gaijin offenders.>>158433
How are they ruthless
>>158430> no Muslims
hahahahaha. That's how you spot someone who wasn't there in person.
Unless you mean muslims as an daily, average sight on the street. I don't know. Im not used to seeing them in poland and i didn't see them in japan. They were exclusive to big cities. They do exist but they aren't as annoying as in the west i guess.>the Japs are the only non-whites who like white people.
Have you ever been to thailand or philipines? I think we should drop the whole "white male masterrace and everybody else is an enemy". World isn't as scary as you paint it.>Japan is like a safe space for white people who want to get away from the Muslims, blacks and browns who have been imported into our countries.
If your country is really like that then i feel sorry for you and I hope this never happens to me.>Japanese anime, video games, manga and music are higher quality and less anti-white then any of the shit America makes now.
Racism-wise you might be right but in general anime itself is a jewish ploy to disable boys socially into basement dwelling manchildren. Akihabara is a great showcase of this phenomenon. You can get your ego stroked by an anime character or a 3dpd for money. That's what they want. To develop a dependence and craving for something they can sell you."Oh your mommy didn't love you? Your parents never taught you how to make friends? Here, watch this video. It will make you forget about your worries for a while.", "Oh you would like to travel but scary people on the internet told you its too dangerous and you actually don't even have enough money to afford a trip further away than an hour train ride out of your city? We have a show just for you!" You can confront me with a single argument- "im pirating everything so nobody gets any money." Movies, music, books and other digital media gets pirated too. Media is a key word here. It's a product. Movie and music lobbies are fighting strong with piracy, anime industry wants to fight too but they know the real money lies in merchandise and not in shows themselves.
DISCALIMER. It's just my opinion and a way i perceive anime industry. You're free to do whatever you want. Im only saying I don't want to be in places like akihabara because they disgust me. Damn i get way too pumped over it. I watch anime too. Mostly adventure/supernatural/shonen series so im not devoted against anime too much.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_idol>[…]but, junior idols can, and some do, eventually enter the AV industry.
That's what im talking about.>>158431
Don't sweat it. it all turned differently. Japanese 400 meter mountains are nothing like karpaty. The smell disappeared when I reached hiroshima and never came back again. Smell of food from restaurants turned out to be a rarity. Quite a lot staff members in hotels and train stations were talking english. Going around Nagoya was easy peasy with gps(like everywhere else). I figured out the pillows behind head on trains are adjustable so it was pleasant too. Nobody forced me to drinking bitter tea. Their milk tea is delicious. Calpis is great for a change of taste too. Homeless are not an issue. They're unlike our ones that smell like piss beer and other unbearable smells. Their smell was unnoticeable. And J-hobos are habituating only bigger towns. There was this park/spot where they were gathered orderly. A really unusual sight. (35.727370, 139.802677). Now that I think about it i wish i could come back to Nagoya, it is an… unique city (especially around Nagoya castle). Or at least that's the impression i got of my first japanese city i walked around.>>158429
Even if you overstay, don't camp in one town for more than a week. The more you stay in one place the more you're arousing suspicion of local police. Safest option would be to take a round trip to korea by ferry to get a new 90-day visa.
They can arrest you on the spot and put you in jail so that they can check your background thoroughly or kick you out of Japan for five years with no guarantee you’ll ever be let in the country.
Considering you're not likely to go to the immigration office, hat in your hand, pleading for an extension of your visa; as >>158441
said, you're better off going back and forth between Korea and Japan every 3 months.
>>158441>Racism-wise you might be right but in general anime itself is a jewish ploy to disable boys socially into basement dwelling manchildren.
What the fuck do the jews have to do with any of this, are you using "jews" as a generic way to describe "ebil masterminds acting in the shadows" or do you sincerely believe this nonsense?
>Your parents never taught you how to make friends?
Go away normalshit.
How can you know for sure who is behind it all?>Go away normalshit
Did I strike a nerve here? Slice of life fan here? That's what I meant. SoL as a substitute for real socialising. It's all fun but I think we're drifting too off topic here though.>>158165
Are you going to post pictures during your rip or afterwards?
>>158547>Are you going to post pictures during your rip or afterwards?
I will probably be posting updates here if there is interest. So long as I can find wifi, which I hear can be accessed at every convenience store, which is quite convenient.
There is very much interest please do
>>158441>You could use a WEtransfer it holds large files with no registration but you need to let us know when you upload fast because the file goes down really fast.
I really loved your insight on anime culture Wizzie, thanks for sharing this!
Please do keep us updated if possible. I've quite enjoyed following along with everyone elses journey on here.
Thank you wiz. Are you the OG Japan wiz or the Polish wiz? Any place or thing you recommend?
yeah i was the one you were referring to when you made this thread. i don't know what your plan is, but i can tell you what i would do differently
i would have left in december because going in september sucked, it was way too hot and humid for the majority of the 3 months. the mosquitos were insane, and i was forced into my sleeping bag as soon as i stopped biking, which sucked because the days were so hot, i was hot, and my sleeping bag was hot, but it was a choice between either getting eaten alive by bugs or cooked alive in heat. maybe a tiny tent or some similar thing would have helped. i would have brought a rugged solar panel for charging devices and mounted that on my bike. alternative i would have paid for a pedal-powered charging kit. i had neither and was too lazy to stop and think of a solution so i stole electricity from outlets and was going to be arrested for it, wasn't smart
in general i brought too much and ended up throwing away 80% of everything. especially stuff concerning water, i never anticipated how easy it is to get water in japan. you're never more than like an hour from a convenience store unless you're going through the mountains or the rocky coasts. in the convenience store you just bring an empty jug in your backpack and use the restroom, fill it from the sink. of all the tools i brought, i really only ended up using my bicycle repair kit, the multitool, and a fucking plastic spork. clothes as well, i threw away everything except what i was wearing
i would just go there with the absolute bare minimum, but have a good backpack, and when the need arises for something just buy it while you're there. you might not throw things away like i did but i guarantee you will end up bringing a bunch of stuff you never use. i still use the same pair of croc-like shoes i bought there as my only footwear even today. the cheap 100 yen flashlight, and a bunch of other random stuff i picked up when i needed it
i don't know if i can recommend any places, but just as a test i suggest you go to a touristy place fairly early into your trip. if all the tourists, meme cities, buses, people taking pictures, the moneygrubbing, etc doesn't immediately make you want to vomit then you can can probably just use any "top 10 spots in X" as a recommendation for your travel. if all that leave you disappointed, just go anywhere else. that was what i did after reaching nara and seeing the deer, it was a fucking dump. maybe not even, i had wandered into an actual dump days earlier and that was actually more interesting. i liked the rural places, mountain roads, abandoned places, bamboo forests, rocky coasts, big ass rice fields, and farming villages the best.
Do you plan on going again, wiz?
i don't have a job and don't see myself working ever again, that means i couldn't ever afford a second trip. i never imagined i'd ever do that first trip though either. probably if i ever get enough money i'll do the same impulsive purchase of a 3-month plane ticket though
I am happy that you're still around wiz.
>i would have left in december because going in september sucked, it was way too hot and humid for the majority of the 3 months. the mosquitos were insane, and i was forced into my sleeping bag as soon as i stopped biking, which sucked because the days were so hot, i was hot, and my sleeping bag was hot, but it was a choice between either getting eaten alive by bugs or cooked alive in heat. maybe a tiny tent or some similar thing would have helped.
Well in this regard I'm doomed as I leave in three days, so I will have to endure the heat. I carry a bivy. Maybe I should get one of those bug nets to wrap myself in, hopefully I can find one in Japan.
>i would have brought a rugged solar panel for charging devices and mounted that on my bike. alternative i would have paid for a pedal-powered charging kit. i had neither and was too lazy to stop and think of a solution so i stole electricity from outlets and was going to be arrested for it, wasn't smart
I have two power banks. I guess that I'll have to go into places that allow you to charge like libraries, McDonald's, Starbucks, or convenience stores (if they do, hopefully).
>in general i brought too much and ended up throwing away 80% of everything. especially stuff concerning water, i never anticipated how easy it is to get water in japan. you're never more than like an hour from a convenience store unless you're going through the mountains or the rocky coasts. in the convenience store you just bring an empty jug in your backpack and use the restroom, fill it from the sink. of all the tools i brought, i really only ended up using my bicycle repair kit, the multitool, and a fucking plastic spork. clothes as well, i threw away everything except what i was wearing
That's good to know. I'll be carrying a 1L container for water. I'm gonna go over my stuff to make sure I'm not carrying anything I won't be using. I have very few things already.
>i don't know if i can recommend any places, but just as a test i suggest you go to a touristy place fairly early into your trip. if all the tourists, meme cities, buses, people taking pictures, the moneygrubbing, etc doesn't immediately make you want to vomit then you can can probably just use any "top 10 spots in X" as a recommendation for your travel. if all that leave you disappointed, just go anywhere else. that was what i did after reaching nara and seeing the deer, it was a fucking dump. maybe not even, i had wandered into an actual dump days earlier and that was actually more interesting. i liked the rural places, mountain roads, abandoned places, bamboo forests, rocky coasts, big ass rice fields, and farming villages the best.
I was thinking of doing the Shikoku pilgrimage, but if that bores me I will go somewhere else. Or I'll just exist under some bridge.
shikoku was pretty cool, because of the pilgrimage they had tons of rest stops along the roads, basically just little huts with benches inside. it made finding a place to sleep before night super convenient. towards the western part they grow lots of citrus which you can snack on. cutting through the center through mountains it is very uninhabited and has steep roads. in general there are hardly ever any sidewalks so riding a bike on the edge of those places roads like that always scared me. sometimes there are grates or metal things along the road, and if they are wet you can very easily slip and fall in the middle of the road, though that is all over japan not just shikoku. i still remember seeing the first monk doing a pilgrimage there, he was powerwalking with a huge backpack almost as fast as i could pedal my bike uphill, and whenever i stopped to rest he would get ahead of me
Good to see that you're still around.
Thanks for your tale wizzie. You should share more.
if you want to pick one of the spots i bookedmarked there, or anywhere in between the spots, i can tell you about it
i don't have a good memory so this is what i actually end up doing myself, i go to streetview and retrace my path and it jogs the memory of that day
Tell us about Ehime, seems like you went to a lot of places there.
Good luck Wiz. Keep us updated.
This is one of the best threads … On the whole Internet. Honestly.>>159050
Safe travels, please post for us
most of those bookmarks were placed during my second time through and just random stops i made at convenience stores. the first pass through ehime i didn't really do much. i went straight through it to the port of matsuyama to get a ferry and be in yamaguchi/yanai before night.
but i can still write about it. the first pass through ehime was from kochi to matsuyama and involved going through the mountains, over rivers, and lots of small villages. this was probably week 2-3 of being in japan. there was hardly any convenience stores in these places and so that's why i kind of rushed through it. there were abandoned houses and stuff even along the main roads in the mountains. one building was completely rotted inside, no floors, yet the roof was somehow still there. i went inside and looked around and the dirt floor was actually soft and had old papers and clothing and things. i found a bunch of vinyls and a bag, i put the music in the bag and kept them with me for the entire trip, bringing it home at the very end.
another abandoned house along a main road in the mountains was once a store, there was a few others alongside it, and it was situated on a steep slope. you could climb the slope a bit and there was another house further back. that one house was without a doubt abandoned, windows and door were either broken or opened, but the inside kept alright from the roof. it had a lot of knick knacks, books, even pornography vhs. they must have had only 1 daughter because the only other bedroom was full of old 90s electronics and toys, posters, clothing, shoes. there was just stuff everywhere in that room.
also near that house was a store or something, it was opened too. it must have been a woodworking thing, because the bottom level of it was filled with pieces and chunks of wood. back in the day you could have just pulled over from the main road into this gravel area and it would have been part of a strip mall type of thing, with the few other buildings attached stretching out from it. the others weren't opened.
there was an old house to the side as well, it was really old, just had the sliding wooden doors like you now only see on temples. it was completely empty aside from a few stuff. this house was definitely older than all the others yet it looked great inside. the people who lived there must have packed everything up and moved away. it was filled with spider webs and when i opened a sliding closet thing, it was like a family shrine, somewhere they put a photo of their dead parents maybe. the pictures were face down, there was some of the stick incense still there, lighters, and other things. a rat was in the bottom of that space nested in a pile of some fabric. there was some pots in the kitchen, it looked nothing like a modern kitchen, there's wasnt an empty space for the fridge so they must not have had one.
further into the mountains was another abandoned building, the front door was open. it had two almost hot-tub sized tiled pools in the front, and the floor was littered with crab shells. there was living arrangements in the back of this, and the blankets in the sliding wall closet things still looked clean. they had carpet on this floor, there was dead bugs and things but nothing else really. upstairs was another carpeted loft, there was a small animal skeleton in here, like a cat or dog size. there was also a few glass baubles with an opening on one end lying around the floor. they were pretty big like 14 inches in diameter, i think they were street lantern bulb covers because in some other areas they have similar big glass bauble lanterns wrapped in a net-patterns of rope.
that was all in between kochi/ehime. aside from the abandoned houses you went through a lot of tiny villages and villages that are built onto steep slopes. the mountains mostly have bamboo. in between the mountains there's usually a river deep down. there's a lot of bridges. you end up going through a few mountain tunnels, and using roads made by leveling off part of the slope. so one side will be the mountain, the other will be a railing and you can always look around. on the mountain side the use a lot of concrete and rebar to reinforce the side, there's also huge metal guards and mesh things sticking out and driven up along the mountain to contain falling rocks. sometimes near cities they'll place geometric concrete forms, or maybe they mould the conrete with the patterns, but you'll see hexagons and fake rock/brick along it.
it seemed like just old people lived in these places. they do a lot of farming somehow, you also see small plots for vegetables and things people groe for themselves around their houses. on the top of many of these mountains, there are little temples and shrines.. i think this is because mountains are kami. they are a pain in the ass to reach but once you're on top it's mostly the same everywhere. they have stone blocks or actual stone stairs leading all the way up with the arches at either end, a thing for washing your hands that's usually full of nasty water breeding mosquitos, small tiny house shrines along the border, and the actual temple building.
coming down from the mountains to matsuyama, it was really steep, going on my bicycle i was afraid of how fast it was accelerating me, and there was a lot of curves, if you went over the railing on the edges you could maybe die. so i was going down with my brakes on not even pedaling. toward the end however you get this sight from above of matsuyama, the coast, and the bamboo between you and it. at the very end you are going down still very fast but it stops curving and you are rewarded with this straight 'slide' almost. i coasted for a few minutes down this road and it was so much fun seeing everything appear. then you know you get into the actual city at this point. all the cities look the same to me and i don't really pay attention to stuff inside them. i ended up finding a mall and i bought rubber croc shoes. i then went northwest to the port, got a ferry ticket to yanai/yamaguchi, and waited in line. i basically go to the front and wait for all the cars to board and be secured inside the cargo of the ferry, then at last i go in, a guy takes my bike and attached it to the side, and i go up. a ferry has a big cargo thing on the bottom level, and then above it there's a lobby. there are bathrooms, usually an open area filled with vending machines that cook ramen for you, serve ice cream cones, or just soda/snacks, there's also rooms to the side with windows and stuff so you can look around. the people in the lobby didn't really talk, there must have been 40 passengers though. they all were on their phones, were reading, or using a tablet or something. most of the people on tablets were reading digital manga. deboarding is basically the same as boarding but in reverse with me last.
it was night when i got off, and i didn't think it would rain, so i just went to the nearest temple and slept in front of it on the ground. during the night i could hear some guy beating up a succubus and people yelling at each other. attached are some pictures taken between muroto and matsuyama. aside from the stuff i can definitely remember and the pictures that show street signs i'm not sure where they were exactly taken, but it definitely covered going through ehime my first time.
where did you get money for the ferry?
>>159137>those triangular/caltrop shaped breakwaters
I love that. It's a very small but very japanese thing.
before trip i called bank and got sent debit card with a working chip so i could buy stuff in japan. it's probably like $20-30 which isn't much when you don't have to pay for a place to sleep. you have to take a ferry to get to and from shikoku though unless i didn't know about a bridge. to go south into kyushu you can use an elevator and actually go through an underwater tunnel
I arrived yesterday. From today on I sleep outside. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get to Mt. Fuji.
i would take your time and don't feel like you're in a rush. it took me 2 months before i realized i didn't always have to be traveling and sitting down to look at stuff is fine. you're basically on vacation
I just remembered something funny. On one of my last days, at one train station in Tokyo there was an information center. I asked employee where i can put my trashbag. I did it just to see their reaction. I expected her to point me in some direction or say to keep it but instead she said "Just give it to me, sir" and bowed slightly with her cup shaped hand gesture to take the trashbag from me. They do this on trains too. There are ladies going through cars from time to time and collecting trash. I always tried to put trash directly into their big trashbags but they insisted on taking it from me to put it away themselves. Btw there are trashcans next to entrance/exit of cars, so it isn't like there are no trashcans at all. Now imagine this level of… attitude, devotion or professionalism in "the west" railways. It all probably boils down to economy. Emptying stationary small trashcans or having one person go through cars from time to time. I personally think other nations just cant be taught to not litter so they place trashcans everywhere in hopes that someone might bother to use it.>>159150
If you ever come close to it beware of the bears. Perhaps wear a bell ring just in case.
I finally made it to Shikoku. It cost me a lot of money which I'm not happy about but it's done. I'm trying to practice detachment as the Buddhists preach. I'm at Temple 6 right now, thankfully it has WiFi. It's very tiring and the sun hurts and the heat and walk carrying my backpack is oppressing. But I can't turn back.
Now I'm off to continue onto Temple 7. I've got two hours till sundown. Hopefully I can make it to a few more temples before it's time to find a place to sleep. >>159137>>159192
Thanks for sharing. I don't have the individualism required for just going anywhere so I've set myself to do the Shikoku pilgrimage. I need to be told what to do, I don't work well with winging it, it seems.
I didn't end up going to Mt. Fuji. I took a line as far from Tokyo as I could then went to a bus station. None of the buses were heading close to my destination so I gave up and headed to Shikoku.
Japanese Buddhist temples have wifi? Why can't churches have it in Canada
the temples are all businesses basically. having free wifi so people can post selfies and dumb pictures is basically free advertising. makes sense to me
Some do. Not all unfortunately. Only two, IIRC, that I've been to so far had WiFi.
Can you tell me where you bought your mamachari? If I recall it was like $40, or just cheap. I also think I'll get a bike.
not him i got mine from a walk in "mall tunnel" (see pic) i dont know what they're actually called but they are streets turned into tunnels almost with the street covered so you can shop around during bad weather im guessing
probably bicycle shops in a city will sell them though, it would be very weird if they didn't
I might have the opportunity to do this, but with Russia instead.
Is this something that's safe to do, even for a native Russian? Most of Russia is wilderness, ripe with dangerous predators and terrain. Combine those with territory made hostile by border disputes and other politics and you might find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere without a direction to go. That is assuming you're going to be trekking across the country.
If you're staying in the urban areas then I'm sure you'll be fine. From what I hear (probably mostly pop culture crap though) there are plenty of neat abandoned towns and cities where tourists like to visit. You might find yourself a whole apartment complex to live alone in.
It might be dangerous in the arctic north, but not really the more temperate parts. I'm mostly just interested to see if it's possible. If I try it, I'll just make a thread here and chronicle once in a while.
I just found this thread again.
A few years ago I remember reading a thread where one guy was explaining how to live a good hobo life to other people. IIRC he was squatting overnight at mcmansions that are listed for sale and just before dusk he would leave the condo again without leaving any traces, dirt or vandalizing anything.
Thank you for posting anons. This is always the best content you can wish for. Real experiences from real people.
This comes now at a time when I want to go on an adventure myself but mine would start in Hong Kong and follow the Silk Road back home to Yurop. The only problem I am experiencing is visa regulations. IIRC China and Russia used to give you an entry date and a GTFO date and those were not negotiable and if you miss them you are setting yourself up for trouble.>>159379
I would love to board the train from moscow to vladivostok, then take a ferry to japan, travel to hokkaido, back to fukuoka, again the ferry to south korea, ferry to china, china back to moscow by train. That would be awesome.
Or alternatively, from Fukuoka to Naha, Naha Taiwan, Taiwan Hong Kong.
Thank you for this anon. If I become homeless (which is a real possibility) I want to be prepared
I will become homeless eventually too. Mommy and daddy will not put up with my faggotry for another 30 years that is sure.
are you american perhaps?
I always am envious of americans because they have a giantic country with all types of climates so if you became homeless in america, you could travel to florida into a nice climate and you at least will not freeze for 5 months of the year. With that problem solved already you can focus on the other problems.
Rain also becomes less of a problem in warm climates. It becomes a rather nice refreshment during the day when temperatures reach the sweating zone.
Also bathing becomes much easier. Imagine you live in a tent at a foresty area near the ocean and you begin each day with swimming in the ocean. You can clean your laundry every day and the clothes will dry in the sun quickly. you can go take a bath every time after taking a dump and never stink. You can use a solar charger to charge your smartphone and access internet through LTE from pretty much everywhere. You can make a blog or youtube videos and earn some dollars on the side every day.
Then you pack your backpack and drive on your bicycle to town to buy food and collect plastic bottles and cans to sell. Or to do whatever you want to do. To see things you always wanted to see. visit a national park whatever. For food I think one big meal with meat every 2 or 3 days would be sufficient. Most of us are overweight anyways so dieting would be good for health. Water can usually be found everywhere, from little rivers to fountains in town.
It would be like an eternal beach vacation just without the comforts of a hotel, but with maximum freedom.
I want to become a homeless by choice actually. Something like a vagabond. Travelling by bike from wherever I want to be to wherever it takes me.
I just don't want to be detected as one by normalfags. For example they might throw you out of supermarkets if they suspect you being homeless and police might hassle you. Also other bums will think you are a potential victim and will try to robb you.
I also remember there was one guy posting about being a stealth homeless or something. I think he had a library member card and a gym card for hygiene and browsing the web and on the streets nobody would have believed him he was homeless.
And I remember the other guy posting that shoes are very important and other homeless will ofter try to steal your good shoes or something.
If anyone has screencaps of those postings, I would appreciate them very much.
Look, if you have to live with your parents, as an adult, you're homeless, it's just nobody calls it that.
Yes, I'm American.
America does have a wide variety of climates. Remember though that America lacks a real public transportation system, so travelling around usually means hitchhiking (Which is fine, It's safe).
Making money as a homeless person is not difficult. By money, I mean enough to survive, you won't have your IRA maxed out or anything. There are various odd jobs available. There's often harvests going on around the states you can participate in. Busking is also available.
Bicycles are double edged swords. They are often stolen. But they do provide you with a way to get around that obviates social interactions.
If you can settle into it a vagabond lifestyle seems very alluring to me. I don't want to deal with normalfags, and this lifestyle allows me to do my own thing. Of course, it's never as good as it sounds.
how do you do for bathing?
do you use hot springs in the vicinity or do you just skip it completely?
I mean when you are outside of cities nobody will notice anyways but I hate this feeling when I am filthy and cannot sleep when I go unshowered to bed
does it go away?
for greassy hair I read this only occurs in the beginning and then completely goes away after a few weeks of not bathing and using this chemical stuff
for deodorant it probably goes the same way I guess
and what do you do for drinking water. packing a gallon of it with you is probably not the most comfy solution but then you are restricted to travelling where rivers are and main transportation routes>>162485
it is probably your proviant that is attracting them
for forest camping there is a saying that you should not sleep where you cook because bears will come to visit you if you cooked something nice
easiest answer to hygiene is to say fuck it and do nothing. for water, just put it on your bicycle somewhere. i don't know who in their right mind would want to backpack and carry everything anyway
the alternative for bathing would also be to just warm up some water in a kettle, put some soap in and soak a small towel with it. remove excess water from the towel and rub yourself locally with the wet towel.
then you take a dry towel to get yourself dry. you will be exposed to coldness only a few minutes and survive it. keep your hair short cut and you can dry your hair with the dry towel only. then overnight you let both towels to dry out
I saw one thing a homeless lady did for warmth. there was a jelly cream like a soap and she would smear it on a metal plate and inflamm it with her lighter.
she said if she does it in her tent, the warmth from the little flame gives a cozy feeling but without toxic gasses or anything. I think that would be a nice way to heat up your tent a little before bed time.
the premium version is public swimming pools and those toilet facilities at big airports and train stations. places where you can pay a few euros to take a dump and shower. I think they have lockers to stuff your things away even.
public swimming pools also have toilets and showers and you can go swim a few laps if you have a swimming trunks
I have been at the mall today and looking at backpacks
I found one huge type that is really sturdy and high quality but it weighs 3.5kg (7 pounds)
It was one from Deuter (traveller 80L)
then for tents I found all types from 1.5kgs to 5kgs. Generally the sturdier the structure the more it will weigh. I found one that is quite waterproof but not that heavy (2.5kg).
now before I buy any of this stuff, I wanted to ask what you really need for being a stealth urban camper. I had the backpack on my shoulders and it does weigh much. If I have this on my back 8 hours every day I would rather have the least possible amount of luggage as possible.
if I stuff a waterproof tent into it and a sleeping bag it will already have 10kg
I then thought if I am travelling by bike anyways, I can get one of those chariot thingys and just throw my junk on it. But then I would be limited to paved roads. I could not enter a mountain forest and then set up camp there.
Japanwiz anon I wanted to ask you one thing too. How much luggage did you have with you while you were on your Japan trip? I read you threw most of your stuff away after only a few days. I wonder how heavy your pack was. You mentioned you were sleeping at train stations, bus stops, bridges or in abandonned buildings. So you did not have a tent with you, right? The bugs must have eaten you alive.
I fucking hate being landlocked in yurop. what is even the point of living when weather is ugly and insufferable for 5 months of the year and barely better for another 3 months of the year.
If I were in america I could just travel to florida and never worry about freezing.
Canary islands and Crete are the only viable destinations in yurop to not freeze your ass in winter every day. But those are tourist hotspots with extra tight regulation on guerilla camping.
just when I found out what I wanted to do, bureaucratic crap destroys all my plans
>>162503>How much luggage did you have with you while you were on your Japan trip?
just 1 hiking backpack, but it was absolutely filled.
after a few days i progressively threw away clothing and shoes and stuff so it was maybe 40% lighter but still a pain in the ass
i got a bicycle and it had a front basket. i kept my backpack there and could also shove some stuff around it like a water jug.
later on i got some steel mesh type stuff at a dollar store and ziptied/taped it together to create a basket for the back as well
with my new bicycle storage i was carrying around maybe 3 backpacks worth of things and it wasnt hard
>You mentioned you were sleeping at train stations, bus stops, bridges or in abandonned buildings. So you did not have a tent with you, right? The bugs must have eaten you alive.
no tent, just a sleeping bag. the mosquitos did destroy me, it wasnt until winter that the mosquitos stopped being a problem too so i would probably get a tent if i did it again outside of winter
thank you for your reply japanon
about your sleeping
you were there for november and a few days of december too.
How did your sleep feel?
Did you freeze a lot of the time?
I read you were drinking lots of liquor, did you do this to numb away the coldness?
I cannot imagine myself sleeping outside at those temperatures we have now like you did. Even with a winter coat, at night it is just disgustingly cold.
>>162506>How did your sleep feel?
great. i was sleeping on the floor for a few years before japan so i was used to a hard surface. i had a microfleece kind of blanket inside my sleeping bag. i'd wrap myself up like a mummy and then slide into the sleeping bag
>Did you freeze a lot of the time?
as long as you eat lots of food you should be warm, food is ultimately your fuel. you aren't moving when sleeping but you are still insulated. during the day you are exercising like a madman pedaling bicycle so you generate lots of heat
>I read you were drinking lots of liquor, did you do this to numb away the coldness?
i didn't ever have alcohol before japan so i maybe went a little overboard. it was just to enjoy the drunken feeling though
wanted to ask you another thing
I plan to do a trip to japan but I wanted to avoid the metro regions as far as possible
I wanted to travel to rural regions and stay at one of the traditional inns.
hopping from small town to small town.
best would be if there was an onsen on the compound
did you see lots of those things on your travel? I also read there was this shikoku pilgrimage thing and so I thought if this is a common thing for monks, there should be some type of inn or guest house where people can stay for the pilgrimage.
I thought of taking the night train from tokyo to takamatsu and then buy a bike to travel the route by bike
I would travel for one day, then stay at some town for 2-3 days, see what they have there, bathe in the hot springs and keep on. There are lots of towns there around the coasts and I wonder if each of them has a hostel or inn or anything where you can sleep in a bed. did you see any of those while there?
then about abandonned buildings too
did you see many of those while there?
I know in youtube there are urban exploration videos where they do this type of stuff but what you described with raiding the pervert dungeon of some guy was better than any horror story. Did you see many of those abandonned buildings or even towns?
japan has an ageing problem and young people flee the villages for wagie lives in the city. when the old people die, there is nobody to live in the house anymore
also, seriously, consider writing down your expieriences into a book.
especially with those photographs you took, it would be a good read and many people would love to read it.
>>162514>I plan to do a trip to japan but I wanted to avoid the metro regions as far as possible
you'll inevitably start out in the big cities. if you have somewhere in mind you really want to be, i suggest getting a rail pass and just teleporting there in the beginning. i did that to get out of inner osaka, it was kind of a nightmare to see all the people just walking around
>did you see lots of those things on your travel?
when outside 24/7 you'll be seeing everything around you, without internet or electronic entertainment it all becomes kind of interesting
>I also read there was this shikoku pilgrimage thing and so I thought if this is a common thing for monks, there should be some type of inn or guest house where people can stay for the pilgrimage.
there's rest stops, like these little huts along the pilgrimage in shikoku. you can just sleep there. it's literally just a roof over your head though, nothing special or accomodating. anything more than that and it will cost money i think. the way i justified being cheap and not sleeping inside was, maybe with the money i saved i could have enough for another trip. it really worked out but i didn't go again
>There are lots of towns there around the coasts and I wonder if each of them has a hostel or inn or anything where you can sleep in a bed. did you see any of those while there?
not sure, i was never looking for houses to sleep in. the only buildings i really looked out for were shrines/temples and convenience stores so if the building didn't look interesting i didn't really pay attention to them
>then about abandonned buildings too did you see many of those while there?>Did you see many of those abandonned buildings or even towns?
yeah, it's a big problem for the rural places like you said, the older generation sends their kids to the city and they rarely ever come back. a lot of places are now just towns full of old people and half the buildings have no one living in them
>also, seriously, consider writing down your expieriences into a book.
maybe not in book form but i'll eventually just write down stuff that happened each day. i wrote during the trip each day anyway so there's no risk of anything being forgotten, no rush. here's part of a note from day 30:
"slept beyond ino, in a village with a temple. has huge trees, a tree path with lots of torii. charged phone + camera, listened to music, got yelled at by monkey things at night. stopped and made notes of plants in my books. bought 5 carrots, 4 bananas for 150 yen. ino paper museum, caligraphy, history, citrus fruits, ice cream, kochi convenience store, omotenashi… talked to family, mom is sick"
from that little note i can remember where i was, here's the place i bought carrots from https://goo.gl/maps/bJGxmzNceS5fQM6P6
and the temple with the tree/torri path i slept at and got harassed by the monkeys https://goo.gl/maps/QwX3PbAecVtVQuY98
I finally found out how the thing is called where I wanted to stay
the word is Ryokan. a small woodden guest house where you sleep on a futon and can bathe in a hot spring.
one just like the guest house where yoh in shaman king lives. that would be comfy as fuck
some of them even serve breakfast and dinner but I wanted to eat in local shops anyways and try out many different foods
I thought in every smaller town along the main roads there must be at least one of those every few kilometers run by farmers or fisher families as a side business. travellers back in the day used to stay overnight in those.
However, a few minutes ago I found out they are double the price of normal hotels
seems like this has now become some kind of tourist attraction
I thought in rural areas you could stay overnight for maybe 50$ and then continue the travel.
now as time passes, I feel like this travelling thing is not for me. it is not even that I wanted to see anything special there, just when I have to go somewhere, at least let it be some place where people are polite and where my backpack will not get stolen if I leave it unwatched for a few moments.
Aomori and Izumo were the things I wanted to see most. Maybe Mt. Hakone as well
and taking the night train from tokyo to izumo.
perhaps its a case of efficiency. Equal price but uneven time. Look into bus travelling. There are more of night bus rides than train ones.>>162523
Tyokans are cool but be careful where you book it. I booked only one (through rakuten travel) and nobody there was speaking any english. I had a feeling that ryokans are "japanese only" thing. Use bookingcom or agoda. There was a 100 years old home that looked a little creepy (Kominka Sharehouse Hooju). So they are find-able.> I feel like this travelling thing is not for me […] and where my backpack will not get stolen
I had the same thoughts before boarding the plane. It all went smooth after all(especially if you know english language very good).
The only thing to consider is knowledge of moonrunes. My trip was awesome but it kinda felt like watching anime without subs.>>162507>i didn't ever have alcohol before japan so i maybe went a little overboard.
In my eyes that proves that Nippon alcohol is decent. Most people just pretend to like it and drink it because of social reasons. This guy here tried it for the first time and liked it not because of social pressure but just because it was good.>>162503
Please be mindful of those "Backpack frame/Frame Stays" things. I had a backpack with 2 steel flat bars going from top to bottom. One of them ripped through its socket and it was uncomfortable as hell to walk with it afterwards.
Btw. I have old, soviet photo cameras from 80's or older. Do you guys think it would be profitable to try and sell them in one of those hipster camera shops in japan?
One other thing is those places seen in some anime "class field trip" episodes like pic related. Perhaps they can be used by travellers for a rest place
>>162544>the mandatory field trip episode
yeah that is when they go to the rural areas, stay at a ryokan and bathe in the hot springs
>like watching anime without subs
lol yeah that must be the feeling there
this is the other concern I have. I speak no japanese and I wonder if having a book with pre translated standard phrases would be sufficient
the other thing I worry about is their food. I don't really like their cuisine apart from curry rice and most ryokans are serving traditional dishes to show off how good their food is. I wouldn't want to be rude to them and waste their food on me.
>backpack / frame
I read that fjallraven uses wood for their frames so I guess it would be less likely to rip open your pack. but this backpack thing. I just bought a 31l one for city trips. north face surge. I can put (sun)glasses, city maps, bottles smartphones and booklets in special compartements. much more handy than the one I have now and also sturdier. So when I go groceries shopping I can use that to transport beverages in bottles.
Maybe if I make a camping trip in summer, I will get one of those real backpacks and a real tent+sleeping bag just to try it out once. I never went camping my entire life and in my area they have designated camping places at lakes where they even ahve barbcue, toilets and showers for a few dollars a day. The alternative would be the mountains but hotels are expensive if you stay longer than a few days and just want to escape the climate. last summer was horrible in yurop.
I thought of packing my bags and just going there entire summer because when it gets hot you can't do anything anyways. So best just be slacking around the lake entire day. I could charge my smartphone by solar panel during the entire day and then browse internet in the night for a few hours even. Now I figured why california has so many homeless on skid row. the mild climate does solve many problems for them conveniently.
This is the most peculiar yet interested thread I have ever seen on the internet. Question, how was would it be for a black guy to travel or be homeless in Japan? Is it worst then prison?
Being black will attract a lot of attention and suspicion. Being homeless and black is definitely not a good idea
No, Japanese people think blacks are funny like apes. They'll probably feed you for free from the novelty.
as a wizard, probably it'd be bad since you get a lot of attention as a foreigner. being black just means you are that much more easily recognized. i don't think anyone would treat you that bad. it's mainly people might see you as a novelty and come up to you which seems annoying
Good idea. They might be scared of you and in leave you alone. Then you can enjoy the weeabo stuff.
Because it's not the USA.
This. They were always racist. I hate how kids today watch anime and "just wow WOW" at the subtle anti-black things they notice in anime. I had my comments deleted by (((kissanime))) explaining things like this before. They even get mad at fullscreen now days, even sometimes stretch out fullscreen ratio for no logical reason. It's such a shit show, modern Internet sites. They ban over ublock too.
Anyway, yes I concur they were racist. It's why they admittingly have xenophobia.
Honestly just use 9anime but anyway since I'm feeling generous here's how to avoid getting banned for having ublock (i think this is working)
First copy and paste this link (only the link, no need to download) into your ublock by going to your filter list and then import and should be able to copy and paste it therehttps://raw.githubusercontent.com/Yumire/kiss-filters/master/filters.txt
Then go to your extensions store and get "nano defender" (If you have problems with ublock then use "nano adblock" instead)
And you should be good to go
9anime crashes my old laptop and I don't even remember if it allows you to save videos. But thanks for the option I guess. I won't bother to try it because computers generally always fail me more and more the older I get. Emuparadises workaround for instance didn't work, so I had to move on to a shittier site as always. I miss older sites, and I can't be bothered to cope better than I already do. Not that emu was the last straw or anything, I'm just saying all this bullshit isn't worth my time.
Travelling and surviving among strangers is a proof of normieness
yeah, that is why you dont interact with anyone.
Stop fucking posting this. You've put it in five different threads.
A true wizard does nothing but lay down on the side walk and make clouds disappear all day, if anyone asks begin loudly chanting in tongues and point upwards. They'll get the message, nod their heads, and pretend it never happened. I have shit level psychokinesis though and can't do anything else.
What is this place?
damn it that made me laugh
yeah that was my intention. It's funny that the mod deleted my post but left these other two >>165588 >>165329
Got no problem with mods but why isn't he giving a warning to these two others? Come on, try and explain that to me, mod.
You will encounter few people if you go to the countryside but the ones that you will encounter will just see you as a rare-tier gaijin. In big cities, you will just be another gaijin because they are used to seeing people from everywhere. So I do not think your experience as a black person traveling homeless in Japan will radically differ from mine.
I want to go back.
Yeah, if you are a dark-skinned foreigner anywhere, it will attract negative attention unless you are rich and dress like it. If you go homeless, it sticks out more and you might deported/banned. Just do the netcafe thing or capsule hotels.
Why would being dark-skinned be a problem if you keep to yourself?
I don't know about Japan but in China they view blacks as criminals and dangerous. Probably the same in Japan.
Police will be called on black wizzie many times I think.
And what would they say?
>"Uhhh are you black?">"Yes, here is my visa and documentation">"Time for jail buddy"
I know that in some countries it is illegal to be stay outside on public property.
I'm talking about sleeping outside and/or staying on a bench for example for too long.
Police will remove you if you do that in the west.
you're not gonna be deported for sleeping outside
if you're a suspicious looking foreigner and are on public land and get the cops called on you and they figure out you don't have money to stay anywhere, it's a lot more likely
the point of allowing people into their country is to make money. it's not southeast asia where the gov't doesn't care about people slumming it since there's no clean image to protect
that happened dozens of times to me, every other night when sleeping in/around cities you get police called to you. they just search you for a weapon or drugs, then check your visa, then they aplogize and fuck off. after the first few times they recognize you and it becomes something of a chore for both sides. i looked like actual garbage, smelled like cat shit, never showered, had the worst neckbeard, didnt know any japanese, actually stole like an idiot and trespassed constantly, was drunk every afternoon, and still nothing even close to getting deported ever happened. japs are too fucking polite. sleep in someones shed and get paid and told to leave, sleep in a backyard and get handed a pear and told to go, sleep outside temple and owner opens it so you can sleep inside, sleep on someones farm and get handed sleeping bag. if you get deported for legitimately minding your own business and just sleeping in public i would be shocked
im a pale neckbeard, but i did get dark skin after a month of being outside all day. i thought i looked like an arab
The cops checked you many times? Weird. They didn't check me even once and I also never showered and looked dirty, was bearded and tanned, carried a backpack everywhere, wore a kasa (one of those big conical Japanese hats), and a walking stick.
The Japanese people are indeed excellent as you say. They are the people I most highly regard. Can't wait to go back and do it all over again.
Since the 2010s more or less
>>167510>actually stole like an idiot and trespassed constantly
Are stores full of cameras like in USA? Or nobody notices if you shoplift?
I curse you for abusing their hospitality.
>Tfw there's not a single wiz in my country (BR) that it's up to something bold like this.
Since I have nothing to lose, I would accept a crazy journey like that in the blink of an eye.
I don't treasure my life that much anyway. Even if it ended up being a total trainwreck, it would still be a better way to die than fucking coomsuming while waiting to rot.
I really need someone bold like that in my life, as I wouldn't bear going alone. Hell, even going alone is must before offing myself.
Mad respects, Homeless Japan Wiz.
Can someone upload to imgur? My computer is extremely old and I'm running off 56k connection.
>>168389>and I'm running off 56k connection
Where in the world are you and how much do you pay for it?
It was over 20 years since I had dialup but since it was pay per minute the bills tended to get outrageously large.
Did nothing interesting happen during your stay there? tell us something and share your pictures please.>>165330
It's fecking hilarious though.>>168389
here are videos from mt. tsurumi next to beppu.https://youtu.be/gdf0uaY_bO8https://youtu.be/IZEbk85KsTghttps://youtu.be/EB1TdBgr5tg>>168398
Perhaps he's from australia.>>158314
It was pleasantly warm, even in Kyushu. Ocean cools the island i guess. Not sweaty-warm like in EU at the time. When I went to hokkaido it was 14C or 16C. I even took a picture of a temp. display on a building to send home. It was nice feeling to be able to dodge heatwave weeks like that.>>168389
You'd have problems with getting through imgur too. Most pictures are doubled because I can't pick the best shot. random shots of my feet and photos of forests, taken from inside of shinkansen.>>168366
Maybe next year ;^)
Go play with your wand, wizkid.
>>168408>Did nothing interesting happen during your stay there? tell us something and share your pictures please.
Interesting things happened, I guess, although interest is relative. I went with the intent to do the 88-temple pilgrimage in the island of Shikoku but I walked to #11, got bored, and went elsewhere to do other stuff.
I definitely must return and complete it fully, this time with greater determination and knowledge.
It's crazy, because you and I went there almost at the exact same time, barely one month apart and ran into perhaps a similar kind of situation. I posted about my adventure on smug/a/ but I, too, only lasted two weeks (turning around halfway to #24) due to major gear selection fuck-ups. Spent the last two weeks enjoying a more "regular" type of experience wandering madly around the country like Polish wiz, staying at hostels and small ryokans - mostly around the coastline so I could swim every day.
I wish I had known about this thread before that time because I practically mirrored OG wiz's first time mistakes. And boy were they painful, hard-earned lessons.
Regardless of not being able to remain a walking bum the entire trip, it was the most incredible experience of my entire life. Pure freedom in the most beautiful land on earth.
I'd like to write a detailed post about how not to screw up and protips that I've learned on the matter to add to this thread for anyone interested. This is, after all, a little gold mine on the internet.
Just so you know, #11-12 and then escaping from #12 back down into the valley, in that heat, with a giant backpack… you avoided hell. A beautiful hell.
I, too, will return. This time get it right and go full homeless for three months.
The heat and sun was brutal, plus I was not fit enough to continue. You're right. It was the most wonderful experience out of my uneventful existence in this world.
What are some tips or things you learned you wil keep in mind for when you return?
Have you archived your adventure thread?
Please post link here
I hope some archive wizzies are keep backups of perhaps the best postings wizchan has come up with
I was looking particularly hard for something that would allow one to move at a brisk pace, conserve energy and - above all else - be able to fully absorb the surroundings, being able to stop at a moment's notice and skip around on foot. So I had decided not to use public transit besides an initial departure from Tokyo.
A bike was the obvious solution. However, after reading extensively about Japanese bike laws, bicycle registration, air-travel bike regulations, train-travel regulations, bus-travel regulations etc I came to the conclusion that it is simply too much of a pain in the ass. I was considering buying a super-expensive and very tiny foldable roadbike to escape some of those regulations, but it was too much money. I had no idea at the time that OGWiz simply walked into a store, bought a second-hand mamachari for next to nothing, and went on his way. His idea was perfect and genius, and I wish I had done the same but suffered from a case of over-thinking it. Instead I walked - and walking is an amazing way of taking it all in, mind you - Just not with an overloaded backpack that is eating at your soul with every step you take. By the end of week one, I had massive blisters on all ten toes and heels despite wearing proper-fitting running shoes, and I was dragging my feet like a dead man along the surrounding rice fields. This was my biggest mistake and like OGwiz, I started throwing away anything I possibly could within a day or two. If I ever manage to go again I think I'll try bringing one of those small cruiser skateboards with me due to how practical it is. Then again, nothing really compares to buying a $40 used bike at the scene.
The bulky surplus water canteen and cooking pot were the first to go. Along with the fire starting stuff, and the rest of the survival shit. You really don't need to bring a canteen when you can buy a delicious 2L bottle of cold spring water/green tea from the convenience store and fill it up again from taps at Shinto shrines, mountain springs and public bathroom sinks. You also don't need, or want, or have the time to cook and start fires.
Gear-wise my biggest mistake was bringing a tent. I saved my money and bought an expensive, super-light tent for the trip only to find out that it was useless for the purpose. Too heavy, too big, too long to set up, too easily recognizable from a distance; These were all major flaws in one of the most imporant aspects of my plan. I somehow got incredibly lucky and only got two nights of rain showers, however I shudder at the thought of how unpleasant it would have been to set up or dismantle the tent during a proper storm: EVERYTHING would have been permanently soaked. A big problem was finding a place hidden enough to set up this bright red and white thing and nail it to the ground. This was especially difficult after sundown. A tent would be great if you plan on staying in a secluded place for days, taking it easy. Definitely not if you are permanently on the move. When I think of how much more pleasant my life would have been with a bivy bag or simply a bug net.. I hang my head.
Second, the sleeping bag. Another thing I saved a long time for and spent a lot of money on. Rated for down to 9 degrees Celsius. Much, much too hot for Japan in Autum. Many nights I tried not setting up my tent and just laying down under a roof or on a bench but the mosquitoes absolutely ravage your body. I'd try sleeping in my underwear but was still pouring sweat and unable to fall asleep due to the heat. So I'd end up half covered, half uncovered, half-sleeping, half-awake, half-getting eaten alive and half-sweating my balls off. I wish I had a bug net instead of a tent. Also I never managed to figure out how to find mosquito repellent anywhere I looked. I only found mosquito bite lotion. Not being able to rest properly after all that walking and sweating was very draining.
Third, the clothes. I tried extra hard to anticipate what I'll need and won't need as well as trying my best to maintain a semblance of presentable appearance. Cotton clothes take too long to dry when you're on the road in Japan, they also get too heavy. It's too humid and you sweat too much. I'd hang them up to dry at night and some mornings they felt as if they were actually wetter. What would really pay off would be investing money in tech sports clothing. Sports underwear would dry off within the hour, for example. Another very interesting thing I found out was that clothing made out of animal fibers like wool or silk would simply not smell bad no matter how much you sweat in it. I had two silk long sleeve shirts from the thrift store and they were great to protect from the sun and mosquitos in the forest but unfortunately silk rips quite easily and I ended up trashing both of them. I've read on the internet that you can get merino wool tees that have the same qualities of not smelling like shit. All you really need are 3 t-shirts, 3 undies, 3 socks and either one pair of long pants/one shorts or one pair of pants that zips down to shorts.
But yeah, they're very important and should fit comfortably and be able to take the abuse (and many washings in sinks and rivers) as well as provide protection. I anticipated I'd wear shorts most of the time but was forced to wear long pants usually, due to the mosquitoes again. My pants had some buttons awkwardly placed on the hips where the backpack waistbelt fit which wasn't a problem at first but after a week they left bruised lumps of flesh underneath them. Even something as simple as a belt shouldn't be overlooked. For example I had a cotton D-ring belt which became a heavy, soggy, slimy, rotten rope around my waist. Same would have happened with leather. You need to focus on light-weight, breathable synthetic stuff that doesn't retain water. Swim shorts were the best thing I brought with me, and were used almost daily for two weeks once I reached the coastline. Also an actual camera - make sure you bring one and not just your phone.
The backpack. The backpack might be the most important piece of equipment you own so make sure you get a decent one designed for backpacking and waterproof. I myself had one that was designed for bike couriers: Huge and waterproof and extra heavy duty but completely lacking any features and extremely heavy. I didn't buy a backpacking bag to try to save some money and it proved to be another mistake.
The heat can prove to be one of the most unbearable aspects of the trip as sometimes there will be no breeze whatsoever. You can look up at the highest trees and not see a leaf move while your blood boils. There are some incredible pieces of advice for this:
1. Convenience stores tend to stock up on 500ml water and green tea bottles in the icecream freezer in the Summer. Buy one, or two, and stick them inside your clothes or in between your backpack and back. I got severe heat stroke on my third day and after puking on the side of the road and crawling to a temple, the old lady there brought me back to life with this. Green tea also serves as a natural energy drink.
2. In Japan you can find these promotional hand fans all over the place. Acquire one as soon as you see it and hold on to it for dear life. Trust me.
3. If you find yourself in need of purchasing a convenience store umbrella during a downpour you should opt for the black ones as opposed to the see-through ones. The black ones can be used to provide portable shade in the scorching Summer midday sun. You'll be thankful for this when walking through endless ricefields.
I think that's all the biggest mistakes I've made that I can think of. I could write a hundred times as much about how amazing everything else was. If you avoid these you should be having the time of your life.
I can also make some notes on personal hygene since I like to be a clean homeless person. It's pretty easy with some careful consideration. It will be hard to bathe every night. In more popular locations you can use your phone or ask for public baths which are cheap and amazing and should be considered an absolute treat. The rest of the time you have to get creative. Wet wipes, especially those marked as facial cleansing wipes, serve as a portable shower in a pinch. With one single wipe out of the pack you wash your face, armpits, balls, and asshole (IN THAT ORDER). I strongly recommend you bring some along. As long as you find a place to wash your pits and nether regions every day you should be okay.
There are streams, there are public washrooms with sinks. These can also be used to wash your clothes and you should be washing a set of clothes almost every day so you always have a dry pair ready to go. For this purpose you should bring some kind of potent natural all-purpose soap like Dr. Bronner's which can be used as detergent, toothpaste, shaving cream, body and hair wash. With a small mirror you can shave in a puddle of rainwater. There are coin-operated laundrymats in bigger locales but as a warning the machines there are ancient and use gas-powered dryers that will fuck up your clothes and maybe shrink them twice their size, use at your own discretion. If you don't have the time for your clothes to dry figure out how to clip them on to the outside of your backpack while you're moving.
Oh yeah, and keep plenty of room for your garbage. It could be a while before you can get rid of it. I had the bad habit of picking up other people's garbage along the way so most of the time I'd always have two plastic bags full of trash clipped on to the outside of my backpack, which I imagine made me look even more homeless. Such is life.
I'm sorry, I did not. But I kinda stopped writing about it halfway through anyway, because I didn't feel I was doing the experience justice.
All the pictures are still uploaded online though if you'd care to view them:http://www.mediafire.com/file/1umynunc8t1oarq/nihon_postprocess.7z/file
Camera files, 5GBhttp://www.mediafire.com/file/816lg57u8bjjy2z/%25E6%2590%25BA%25E5%25B8%25AF%25E9%259B%25BB%25E8%25A9%25B1.7z/file
Phone files (videos/pictures), 3GB
So you guys went august-september?
This is partly why i didn't go in that time frame.https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/japan/tokyo/climate>>168541
The rice fields you are writing about are knee-deep-water kind of rice fields, yes? What about food? What and where were you eatin?
Did you guys even asked anyone irl about your trip?
My mom told me to get sleeping bag in case I'd have nowhere to sleep. It was unused since I managed to book places for every night. She also told me to get mosquito repellent, bugs bite aid, anti laxatives, and some other medicaments "because you might need it". They went unused, and even if I ever need them, there are pharmacies in this country after all!
Asked someone about shoes and he told me that I need trusted pair of hiking shoes. I didn't listen to him and bought new pair of sandals. It was "Thumb's size blisters between and on toes" bad idea. And I walked without any weights…(I was leaving backpack at the hotels)
Bought a brick-sized 20 powerbank which was an overkill. Since I had a place to charge every night, small powerbank would suffice.
Yes those kinds of rice fields but obviously not walking "through" them but along the pathways and small country roads on the side.
Food I mostly ate cheap convenience store food like onigiri and some fish/chicken for protein. I was too exhausted to eat much anyway. Every now and then I got to treat myself to proper food like ramen, undon, rice bowls, etc. Crowded local holes in the wall were very cheap sometimes, but a bit intimidating to go to. Or sometimes if there was a supermarket around you can go to it after 8 at night and find a lot of their food on sale for super cheap. Everything is cheaper at the supermarket than at convenience stores so it's a good idea to visit whenever possible. Huge selection of things too.
Sometime there were farmers selling fruits or pickled plums on the side of the road for a few coins and these were happy occasions.
Pic is me having an absolute feast from a supermarket one night, although that lasted for 2 meals
>>168541>Gear-wise my biggest mistake was bringing a tent.
I used a camouflage bivy that is water-resistant. Saved me a few good times from the rain. Also helped keep me out of people's sight thanks to the camouflage pattern especially when I would sleep in bushes in Yoyogi park.>I'd try sleeping in my underwear but was still pouring sweat and unable to fall asleep due to the heat. So I'd end up half covered, half uncovered, half-sleeping, half-awake, half-getting eaten alive and half-sweating my balls off. I wish I had a bug net instead of a tent.
I experienced the same thing. It was pretty bad but got through it just fine. The heat and sweating inside the bivy was pretty annoying, and all of the bugs bothering you all night as well.>All you really need are 3 t-shirts, 3 undies, 3 socks and either one pair of long pants/one shorts or one pair of pants that zips down to shorts.
That's exactly what I did as well. Well, 2 shirts, both white polyester which got very dirty rapidly and I looked dirty most of the time so I bought a green button-up to cover it up. 2 polyester undies and 3 merino wool socks plus lining socks which kept me blister-free. One pair of polyester pants that you can unzip and turn into shorts (which I never did). Also ended up looking dirty because the color is a light tan. Best to buy dark colors on everything.>Also an actual camera - make sure you bring one and not just your phone.
This I heavily regret. Perhaps I could've filmed and photographed my journey and posted it to YouTube and made back the money that I spent. For the next trip I must definitely buy a good camera, multiple SD cards, and at least two power banks.>If you find yourself in need of purchasing a convenience store umbrella
I didn't have to buy one because a very kind Japanese lady gave me one. I was desperate and didn't know what to do as it was aggressively pouring down in Tokyo and I was standing under a 7-11 trying to avoid getting wet. She must've seen my miserable state and went inside and asked for an abandoned umbrella and gave it to me. It served me very well, I am very thankful to that person for that act of kindness, may she be repaid times a million. But yes that is a good idea, a dark umbrella will be idea.>In more popular locations you can use your phone or ask for public baths which are cheap and amazing and should be considered an absolute treat.
That was my plan as well, to use sentos to stay hygienic but I never did.
I learned some stuff from your experience that I didn't know, thanks for sharing. This will be very useful for my future homeless trips around the globe.
Forgot to mention that the warm ocean is your best friend (provided you know how to swim) and should be taken full advantage of if nearby. It's the best way to cool off and relax, and to stay clean. The left over seasalt acts as a mild anti-bacterial deodorant. Mountain streams are great too. The attached pic is a place I swam in and drank lots of water from in a valley between two mountains.
Another crucial piece of information I forgot to mention: You may notice that it is very common in Japan to see people wearing a small towel around their necks or wrapped around their heads. It's very important to have one of these. Wearing them around your neck is very good to wipe the streams of sweat off your face (which you will need to do constantly). You can use it to swat bugs off your neck in the forest and you can wrap it around your head as sun protection and sweat absorber.
I made one from the first shirt I tore but got rid of it after acquiring a real one a week later. They usually come free at a Ryokan, or you can buy one from an onsen. 7eleven sells them as well but they're a little small.
You will also notice that bucket hats are a big thing in Japan since they're cheap and offer 360 degree protection from sun/rain. They look pretty cool too.>>168617
Call me stupid but I think that ankle support is a meme. There is a reason why trail running shoes have become so popular. Lots of articles about this online.
If you're going to argue about the pros of wearing combat boots I'd say that ankle protection from snake bites is a much more important factor.
Considering that almost all of the walking in Japan is done on pavement, my feet hurt just thinking about wearing combat boots. To each their own though.
Wow. Amazing photos. You really captured aesthetics of Japan on those pictures. What model of your camera is?
Looks like backwoods Pennsylvania actually.
My plan is to get a wageslave job to save up some money, then spend it on gear/supplies to be homeless. What gear/supplies would you recommend?
i took a shower without soap and shampoo for a year and realized you don't really need it
water is enough to clean your body. soap is a scam.
i want to get rid of all unnecessary things that cost money so i could live a frugal existence
Ah another homelessLARPer, wish we could keep track of you guys, keep multiplying by the day
>>169013>wish we could keep track of you guys
Why? And who are 'we'? Do you mean so that you (plural, normalfags) can post a thread about it on kiwifarms or something?
Sound paranoid there wizzo, did you take your pills this morning?
I'm going to assume you want to be a vagabond, and not a home bum. This is advice for a traveling vagabond, not for a homebum aka a homeless person that stays in one site:
>MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE: be physically fit. CARDIO to stay agile and fresh and MUSCLE to be able to put up a fight if God forbids anyone tries to steal from you or assaults you. It will make everything so much better. You DO NOT want to be feeling like shit all the time and stopping every 1/8 of a mile to rest
>Buy expensive stuff that is reliable and will last. Cheap Chinese crap costs more over time than expensive long-lasting stuff>As a rule of thumb, military gear is cheap and reliable, but you can probably find better/comfier/more reliable civvie products>Buy SYNTHETIC (nylon, polyester), DARK COLORED clothes. They dry quicker, smell less, wick sweat, and the dark color means it can get dirty and not look it (do not make the mistake I did of buying white, it'll get dirty in two days)>Use the TWO-SOCK METHOD. Buy WOOL socks for the outside, synthetic socks for the inside (this method reduces friction and will 100% keep you BLISTER FREE guaranteed and tested by me)>I RECOMMEND you wear combat boots for ANKLE SUPPORT. Some might say ankle support is a meme, but if you will be doing what I did (homeless in the middle of nowhere hiking mountains and remote areas), the LAST THING you want is a SPRAINED ANKLE>Do NOT buy a camping cook kit unless you will 100% be cooking your meals away from civilization for days>DRINK A LOT OF WATER if you will be hiking. Carry at least a 1L+ bottle. Drink it but refill it every change you get and GET A GOOD DRINK AT EVERY REFILL STATION>I RECOMMEND a bivy + sleeping bag + tarp if you will be homeless in cities. You can set/unset this setup in 5 minutes>ONLY get a tent if you 100% plan to be weeks at remote locations>Protect your skin. If it's hot and sunny get a BLACK UMBRELLA for the sun and also apply sunblock. Tanning is SKIN DAMAGE, and the sun will make your skin hurt very badly>You will NEED a phone not to go insane. Download lots of and use audio content because it uses less battery. If you want to read, get a physical book. Only use phone minimally for taking pictures, looking at maps and itinerary, etc>Carry at least two large powerbanks for your phone. Maybe even three depending on how often you'll get a chance to recharge your powerbanks and your phone, and if you carry other devices such as cameras>If you carry a camera, take with you multiple battery packs for the camera and multiple SDs
>SECOND MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE: get THE FUCK OUT THERE and DO IT. If you really wanna do this shit, don't waste no time. The world is less scarier than you think and chances are you'll be the one scaring people. Good luck wiz>>169013>>169022
Fuck off kiwifarms normalfag.
Thank you anon, very helpful.
I do the two sock thing and I'm not even a vagabond. It's just good advice in general.
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Never travelled either but I always do double track pants. That way I can shed the outer if I need to be clean dressed somewhere.