Day after the Sendai earthquake – hitchhike adventure from Tokyo to Osaka

Saturday, March 11, 2011: The morning after the major earthquake in the Pacific not far from Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku area, I accessed the Internet news and saw more horrific photos of destruction by the tsunami. A friend with whom I stayed with said, “Over 10,000 people were killed!” I began to weep but learned later he got it wrong. So far the number of reported deaths is 1/10 of that number, but it will probably go … Continue reading →

Hitchhiking during Golden Week, 2009

I had a fantastic 10 day trip traveling 1460 kilometers in 28 vehicles during the Japanese holiday season from April 29 to May 5th known as “Golden Week“. April 30th: It took me over two hours and 6 vehicles just to get out of Niigata City! A lady took me as far as Toyosaka on the edge of Niigata City. She said her 29 year old daughter lived one year in Montana. After that a Russian man took me as … Continue reading →

Detained by the police for hitchhiking!

Japanese police poster

Sunday, April 5, 2009: A lady picked me up and told me at first she would take me to the center of Niigata City which was my destination. However when I learned that she was on her way home of about 2/3rds of that distance, I offered to disembark at an intersection which I thought would be convenient for me to continue to hitchhike from so that she wouldn’t have to go out of her way. However, the timing and … Continue reading →