The place we’re staying in is the most dilapidated resort I’ve ever seen. Amore Resort on the art island of Teshima, Japan is spectacular.
This morning I meet up again with my sister, Aleisha, and a friend of hers, Karen. After a big breakfast in our Okayama hotel, we head south via two trains to Uno, a port town on Japan’s Inland Sea, and get on the ferry to Teshima. Continue reading The Art Island of Teshima (Japan 2014 Day 10.1)
Today I travel from Hiroshima to the island of Miyajima on a daytrip. The island is a popular tourist destination for the Japanese. Continue reading Miyajima (Japan 2014 Day 9)
One day after the anniversary of the first successful nuclear bomb test, 16 July 1945, I visit Hiroshima – the city that 26 days later was the site for the first successful test on a civilian population. Continue reading Hiroshima (Japan 2014 Day 8)
16 July 2014 – Today I spend the full day in Koya-san, Japan. It becomes the midpoint of my trip, where they inner change I’ve come here to execute crystalises. Continue reading Full day in Koya-san (Japan 2014 Day 7)
25 July 2014 — Overnight I have a dream with my mother in it. Ever since I read a book of Jung’s writings about dreams – over a decade ago in the Scottish highlands – I’ve taken my parents appearing in my dreams as representatives of my relationship with the two countervailing forces that unite us all: yin/yang, force/yield, pull/pull, masculine/feminine, anima/animus, action/inaction – there are seemingly endless interpretations of these binary polarities. My relationship with my dream mother felt strange, and wrong, so I take it as sign from my unconscious that my balance is off-kilter. Continue reading The day I shaved my beard off (Japan 2014 Day 6.2)
15 July 2014 (Part 1) Atsuta Shrine
This morning I set out early from Nagoya to visit Atsuta Shrine, an important Shinto shrine, rarely visited by tourists. Unlike almost everywhere else in Japan I went, there we no signs in English. In a trip that had already been amazing, it was the best yet. Continue reading Meeting the gods at Atsuta Shrine (Japan 2014 Day 6.1)
14 July 2014
I came to Nagoya for the sumo. It’s a nice enough city, as far as places go, but I didn’t actually get around to see much of anything else. Continue reading Sumo in Nagoya (Japan 2014 Day 5)
Saturday 13 July 2014.
“Entertaining burlesque” is how I later summed up in my travel journal my visit with my sister to the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
An epic day of Tokyo sightseeing. Continue reading All over Tokyo (Japan 2014 Day 4.1)