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.
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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.