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Ten years have now passed since I first landed in Narita airport. I'll never forget the strange smells, sounds and sights that confronted me on that Shinkansen (bullet train) journey to my new home. Although Japan is a world away from my life now ...
I left Matsumoto at about 9am and caught the train towards Niigata. The journey was very scenic (except during all the tunnels). I had to change trains at a few places, but I got to see a lot of towns that were still covered in snow. I went through Nagano (where the winter olympics were held in 98), and went past several ski fields. There was still plenty of snow, even though we are in spring now. Niigata is a more rural area, famous for ...
On Wednesday night I got back home. At the door was a mound of bags. Upstairs I heard footsteps, soft clasping of thick socks and wooden floor, was definitely my mum's. "What happened?" I asked. She walked downstairs and announced that her father, my grandfather, Ushizo, had passed away earlier the same day, aged 82. She did not look distraught by the death. But she looked stressed. "I am oh so unbelievably busy. Got to sort out ...
... through the chilly winter by coming down the mountain to bathe in the natural onsens (hot springs). What a sight to see! They were so tame, but Darcy and I tried to keep our distance. They are still wild monkeys after all. Shara wanted to take a baby monkey home with ...
Our weekend away in Nagano had its ups and downs. Pros: The weather was nice (snow one day and sunny and clear the next). - I got to see my old friend Yuri after all these years. She is so nice! - The staff at the hotel were great and we got a lot of deals (some free meals etc). - A group of other guests (who happened to be a ski club from Toyama) invited us to party with them in their room because they (and I quote), "Have ...
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