Small town Japan
Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
84Trip End Jul 27, 2007
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Just spent a day in Hamada and got to explore a bit of the town. Went for some fantastic sushi at a little restaurant that Chu says is well known within the region. The salmon sushi almost melted in the mouth. Very nice.
The plan was to check out some hot springs, which abound in the area. Unfortunately neither of us had a car and the train network doesn't go to the one Chu had wanted to check out. Buses where sketchy so we tried hitchhiking
Will Ferguson, a Canadian author has a book that is now a few years old, about his attempt to hitch across the country from the south tip of Kyushu to the north tip of Hokkaido during the cherry blossom festival in the spring. He had similar experiences but eventually was able to get rides. We gave up after about twenty minutes in a couple different spots. We did have a couple people at one point who looked interested but didn't have room to pull over (at least that is what we where telling ourselves) but Chu was pretty happy since he figured after doing that in such a small town he will be very well known going forward. His dating chances have greatly improved - although I think his current girlfriend might have an issue with that.