I used to own a Holga. I can’t remember the reason why but now I don’t. Probably because the shutter stopped working or batteries corroded the elements. Regardless, I haven’t owned one for years. And then they stopped making them and have become a sort-after luxury item apparently. Luckily my friend Darren still has one […]Read more "Hiking with a Holga"
Mt. Gozaisho in Mie prefecture is only an hour’s drive from Nagoya and a great mountain for a day hike. In winter you’ll need some basic snow gear like snow spikes for your shoes (waterproof) for the 2-hour hike to the top, but apart from that planning the hike is quite straightforward. There are one […]Read more "Mt. Gozaisho Snow Hike"
Back in 2002 I cycled from Tokushima (徳島) in Shikoku (四国) to Nagoya (名古屋) over two days on my now well-used Nishiki mountain bike. I remember the ride being in two distinct parts. Firstly, the journey from Tokushima to Wakayama (和歌山) by ferry, followed by a great day riding through the countryside of northern Wakayama and […]Read more "Nagoya – Nara – Tsu"
With winter approaching and the higher mountains seeing the first snowfall of the season late autumn to early spring is a good time to head towards the Pacific Ocean coast to enjoy a change of scenery. Coastal villages, quiet fishing ports, shorter but punchy climbs, fresh seafood and majestic ocean views are abundant throughout the […]Read more "Kii Nagashima to Shima"
With a rugged and beautiful scenic coast, tiny fishing villages scattered along the shores, an abundance of isolated and rarely ridden mountain roads, and the Kumano Kodo (熊野古道), an ancient walking trail through the mountains, the Kii Peninsula (紀伊半島) has been an area of Japan I’ve wanted to cycle in for a long time. The […]Read more "Kii Nagashima – Kumano"