The theme for 2022 was ‘Experience‘.
In retrospect, it could be paraphrased as ‘journey’.
‘If it’s boring after a week, we’ll quit.’
That’s how I started.
The coincidences that happen in the area, the joy of connecting with people.
I feel that most of my trips were nothing.
But is there really nothing there?
I now think that everything I did was meaningful, so that something would happen, so that the future would be triggered.
Travelling makes a virtuous circle for both you and the world.
In one year, I travelled 70,000 kilometres.
I write down various events as a reminder.
I started my journey.
- First workcation while freezing in Ibaraki. I couldn’t do a workcation because my hands were too numb.
- One in Kanazawa, who took me sightseeing in Kanazawa when I tweeted. Round the Noto Peninsula. Nature, delicious food and a hot spring bath afterwards.
- Learn about Ainu culture in Tokushima. On the way back, I received a lot of oranges.
- Hear from the president about the relationship between work and people in Mima.
- Stayed at a guesthouse in Okayama and was invited for a company tour. Saw an owl and a tortoise.
- Camping in Karadomari. Baked marshmallows, bonfires and music. Drinking and laughing with strangers. One meeting at a time.
- Cycling round Yakushima. Tankan picking and radio exercises. Listening to tofu producers and making tofu sweets.
- Camera camp in Wakayama. Touching all kinds of cameras and lenses.
- Tuna, hot spring and nature experience in Nachikatsuura. I have fond memories of talking about things from the staff’s point of view.
- I went to a co-working space in Mie that I had been told about. It was closed.
- DIY in a house in the middle of nowhere in Shizuoka, learning how to cut wood. I grew as much as I was scolded.
- Yatsugatake at night. It was pitch black, we couldn’t see anything, we couldn’t see the road because of the snow, and we walked on ice. I felt my life was in danger.
- Encountering goats.
- Invited to a local bar in Tono. It was thick. I remember the radio playing in the whole town at night.
- After touring the disaster area in Ishinomaki, I experienced an earthquake of intensity 6+. Sirens blaring at night. All public transport stopped. The next day, I walked about 20 km to Sendai.
- Went to Okinawa for a training camp. Met a top salesman. I only wanted to meet him, but even an hour before the meeting, no meeting time or place had been arranged. I was inconvenienced.
- Breathed the air of Ishigaki Island. Wanted to go to Hateruma Island, but the flight was cancelled due to waves.
- I went to my hometown Hiroshima with a stopover. I’m glad my parents are doing well.
- Onsen tour in Atami.
- Work in Izu Shimoda.
- Onsen in Minakami. Recommend the café in front of the station – if you go three times, you get a recommended snack for the day.
- Drinks with friends who have moved to Sapporo. Invite friends from Tokyo to join you for a drink.
- Get in touch with nature, such as Lake Shikotsu and Cape Kamui. Hokkaido is bigger than I imagined. You need a car to get around.
- Helped clean and paint a guesthouse in Saga. I remember going out at night.
- Participated in a camping festival in Karatsu, where I stayed as a VIP.
- I travelled around Kyushu on the way.
- A cat greeted me at the inn in Nagasaki. It was very moving. Meeting the people who make Miyako Island so exciting.
- Worked at the top of Mt Aso, WiFi works. The wind was too strong to work.
- Came to Kagoshima. Nothing special.
- We met an IT president in Miyazaki. We had a good time talking about cow poo.
- Usuki is a good town with old townscape such as old houses. We made a mistake in the number of nights we stayed and were kicked out of the inn.
- Drinking in Fukuoka Tagawa. The person I was talking to next to me was a Fukuoka Prefecture councillor. The next day, he took me sightseeing. Thanks.
- Went to a remote island in Fukuoka. You can experience the city and the countryside.
- Creators’ camp in Izu Shimoda. All kinds of creators gather. Organised a tuna dismantling show. I held tuna for the first time. It was heavy.
- Went to Minakami with friends. I was surprised at the connections between people there. This is why life is so interesting.
First time abroad.
- At Haneda Airport, the CA told me I was light.
- Happy to have WiFi and power available about Doha International Airport. I guess it wasn’t a matter of course.
- I arrived in the Czech Republic. Excited. The first word I spoke was “Nedved”. They looked at me like I was Japanese.
- I didn’t know how to get on public transport, but everyone else was getting on, so I got on too. I was riding without paying.
- I drank Pilsner Urquell. It was really good.
- The word I learnt was Dobryden.
- Prague’s old town is spectacular.
- I stayed at an inn run by Japanese people. Hearing Japanese made me a little moist.
- Listened to stories about the current situation in the Czech Republic, visa acquisition and the ryokan industry while eating wieners.
- On the long-distance train, I get tangled up with people. I don’t understand what they are saying.
- We went to Knajatla, which was recommended by the Czech Tourism Ambassador. All I see are skeletons.
- Meet a famous illustrator in Germany. Love the way he thinks. Would love to meet him again.
- Witnessing diversity in Berlin.
- Work in the mecca of digital nomads.
- Trash everywhere.
- Sightseeing in Germany with a friend – tears of joy because I couldn’t get into a restaurant on my own.
- The word I learnt is dankeschen.
- People in Germany, everyone seems to be doing what they love.
- I ask a stranger to show me around the city. I think it would have been more fun if I could have understood the language.
- My regret in Germany is that I didn’t get to go to the sauna.
- Beautiful lakes in Austria.
- To Zermatt, Switzerland. Riding the Glacier Express. I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be.
- Dog owner said, “Isn’t he cute? They’re sheep, you know?” He said. Yes, it’s fuzzy.
- Prices are very high. Fanta cost 500 yen.
- In Zurich, I befriended a young man who jumped into the river. He said, “Watch me!” I cheered him on.
- It was a rare sight to see so many people in swimming costumes around the river.
- Checking in three times at Zurich airport.
- At the last minute of boarding the plane, I was told that I would not be allowed to board unless I printed the Corona results on a piece of paper specified by Japan, and I was at a loss. Cried.
Return to Japan.
- I came back to Japan and went to my home in the Holy Land of Nowhere.
- The return trip was to Tokyo, but we decided to get off at the 37th highway IC. I arrived in Nara Prefecture. It was the other side.
- We visited four inns in Nara. All were refused. Moved to Kyoto to look for one. When I went outside, it was raining. I decided to go back to Tokyo.
- Had dinner with a great writer in Okayama. We talked about married life. Significant.
- A wedding ceremony of a senior university student in Shimane. My first comment after a long time was “You’ve gained weight”.
- Workcation festival in Fukuoka.
- Met a university student from medical school at a guesthouse in Tenjin. I see they have all sorts of problems.
- I go to the Okinawa Prefectural Government. Listened to them talking about the remote island DX project. Amazing. Fun.
- Attended a meeting of the biggest names in travel in Kanazawa. Heart-sweating experience. I can’t get enough of it.
- Had an evening drink with someone I spoke to for a minute a year ago. I felt like it was fate.
I think I understand a bit.
A wanderer around the world said.
‘For me, going to the convenience store is a journey too.’
I thought I understood that a little.