Tokyo Trip, March 2015

So…I didn’t visit any ancient sanctuaries, hot springs, mountains or red light districts on this trip, but did have a few great dinners with some good friends. This was a short trip to Japan with Shinjuku being my home base.

My first day out I took a special express train from the enormous Shinjuku train station to Hashimoto station where I met up with my good friends Yuichiro Kanagawa, Yasufumi Mizuguchi and Ryo Saito. I have known Yuichiro and Saito for many years and I had the pleasure to hike up Mt. Fuji with them 1 ½ years ago. We walked off to a local izakaya (Japanese tavern) and had a chance to talk about old times and chomp down on some delicious local dishes.

After a day flight to Komatsu and back for some meetings we hit another local izakaya but with different group of friends…Nishigaki, Shirakawa, Tokumaru and Watanabe in Hashimoto again. Tetsuya Tokumaru choose Hashimoto area for me because it’s a train station that is direct to Shinjuku without any train changes (easy for foreigner).

This was another lovely Japan trip with sunny days, great food and good friends.

Mt. Fuji Hike, July 2013

The last time I hiked up Mt. Fuji was July 23, 2005. It was in that same month and year I also climbed Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier in Washington State. This trip came about over a year ago over a dinner in Sagami, Japan where I announced that we should hike Mt. Fuji. Well, it was my good friend Ryo Saito who was at that dinner that actually made this Mt. Fuji hike happen. Ryo also asked another good friend of mine and who also coordinated the last Mt. Fuji hike in 2005, Yuichiro Kanagawa.

I asked a long-time Seattle friend of mine, Mike Curry to join me on this adventure. We met Ryo and Yuichiro at the Hashimoto Train Station. Ryo drove us to the base of Mt. Fuji, Station 5 to start the Subashiri route. We started at 2:00 p.m. and got into a torrent of rain early in the hike. I think this might have been the colossal of rains during any hike I have ever done.