Originally posted on facebook on 4th August:
Since last we spoke I have shot like a bullet by aeroplane from Toyko to Sapporo. By plane that takes an hour and a half, by train estimates vary from over ten hours to "the rest of the year". I have also spoken to someone who caught a ferry to south Japan, but then got stuck and had to get the train back, which took days...
This week Japan is awesome because:
I watched a TV programme in which two men attempted to roll a garden hose back onto its reel faster than a dog could play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on a giant piano.
When I got my Japanese mobile they also gave me a free gift of three cans of Sapporo beer and a litre of iced coffee.
I ate a burger at a tiny, tiny restaurant which felt like someone`s living room, the burger was described as a "House Special Deluxxx Killer Burger" and it was so big it pretty much did just that. It also came with an Ohio potato harvest worth of fries.
I ate Hiroshima-fu Kimuchi Okonomiyaki (okonomiyaki being one of the Japanese foods you just can`t get in the west, and which I loved last time I was here).
That`s it for now. I`m going home to bed. As always, more soon. More sense too.