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Japan has been a culinary expedition as we've worked our way through the staple food groups: soba, udon, ramen, sushi, miso, teppanyaki, bento box, etc. Usually with some mysterious item such as weird ginger, tiny purple dumplings, odd vegetables. So I was munching through my vegetables (with pork of course) when I came across a strange clear-ish item with black specks which had the remarkable consistency of jelly. It ...
What a long, long day. Have I mentioned how extensive the public transportation system is here in Japan? Have I mentioned how you can literally get anywhere just by hoping a train? Have I also mentioned how incredibly long it takes to get anywhere? Oi. So yes, it's officially Mount Fuji day, so here is our transit to get there:
1. Metro from Shiinabashi to Ikebukuro
2. Train from Ikebukuro to ...
... up because it is really expensive on the mountain. I was probably carrying 40 lbs on my back, so not too bad. I think I've got my load out for this trip really well done. Anyway, the trail has a few switchbacks but it is really steep and goes pretty much directly up the mountain.
I stayed at a hut on the 8th station for half the night. It wasn't really worth it. It cost $65 and you get to sleep shoulder to shoulder with strangers and share the ...
... stations before we went to the summit, the drawback with this, though, was that although we were warm enough when we were climbing, as soon as we stopped to rest, the cold was seeping through into our bones. We were just going to have to really slow down our walking pace from here on in. We arrived at station 8.5 at just after 3am. The sun was due to rise at 5:11 and it would only take 80 minutes to reach the top from here so we went into one of the huts along the way ...
Mercifully, the bus home from Mount Fuji was air-conditioned and it wasn't long before the night's exertions caught up with us. Heads began to drop and before I knew it, everyone around me was snoring softly.
At this point, it was around 27 hours since we had last slept and so having climbed a mountain in the intervening time, I guess that we can't be blamed for having a snooze on the bus home. However, anyone who knows me will also ...
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