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Friday, September 15, 2017

And so, after many years during which I had to keep reserved about my doings and my life, I am finally putting my life don the right track. And so, my old blog can come back to life too. And what better occasion to have it record my first vacation in years: three weeks in Japan, two of which visiting the peculiar locations I wrote about in my book Rai'an, and a third in Tokyo, working from Bloomberg Tokyo office.

My program will touch Nagoya, Shirakawa-go (a small village in the mountains which has been declared a world heritage by Unesco), Ise, Misugi-Mitsue in the mie prefecture, Hase-dera, Sakurai, Asuka, Nara, Kyoto, Sumoto in Awaji-shima and Takamatsu in the Shikoku, and I will be finally back in Tokyo.
This is my program at the moment.

16/9 16:30 Arrive at Nagoya airport / take rental car
16/9 18:00 – 20:00 Arrive at Nagoya Kanayama hotel.

If the typhoon allows me:
17/9 10:00 – 13:00 Tsukuya no miya, inner Ise Jingu, Sengukan museum
17/9 13:00 – 14:00 Ise O-harai machi
17/9 14:00 – 16:30 Outer Ise Jingu.
Otherwise
17/9 All day - Visit Nagoya (to be programmed)

18/9 08:00 – 12:00 Travel From Ise to Shirakawa-go (passing through Nagoya)
18/9 12:00 – 20:00 Visit shirakawa-go
18/9 20:00 – 22:00 Shirakawa-go onsen!!!!

19/9 All day visit Sharakawa-go.
19/9 20:00 – 22:00 Shirakawa-go onsen!!!!

20/9 09:00 – 13:00 Travel from Shirakawa-go to Misugi (Uda-kuni). (passing through Nagoya)
20/9 13:00 – 18:00 Visit Mitsue Jinja / Mitsue.
20/9 19:00 – 20:00 Misugi Onsen!!!

21/9 08:00 – 09:00 Travel from Misugi to Hase-dera.
21/9 09:00 – 12:00 Visit Hase dera.
21/9 13:00 – 18:00 Visit Oo-miwa Jinja / iwakura jinja / sai jinja (Climb Mount Oomiwa?)
21/9 19:00 – 21:00 Arrive at Asuka.

22/9 08:00 – 10:00 Asuka Historical Museum
22/9 10:00 – 13:00 Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo culture
22/9 13:00 – 15:00 Asuka Oka / Asuka mizuochi
22/9 15:00 – 18:00 Hashi haka.
22/9 20:00 – 21:00 Arrive in Nara.

23/9 08:00 – 09:00 Drop the rental car
23/9 All day Visit Nara (to be programmed)
24/9 All day Visit Nara (to be programmed)
25/9 All day Visit Nara (to be programmed)
25/9 18:00 – 20:00 Arrive in Kyoto

26/9 All day Visit Kyoto (to be programmed)
27/9 All day Visit Kyoto (to be programmed)
28/9 All day Visit Kyoto (to be programmed)
29/9 All day Visit Kyoto (to be programmed)

30/9 08:00 – 10:00 Take rental car / Reach Awaji-shima
30/9 10:00 – 13:00 Visit Izanagi Jingu
30/9 14:00 – 18:00 Visit Sumoto Castle
30/9 20:00 – 21:00 Arrive in Takamatsu / drop rental car

1/10 08:00 – 12:00 Oomiya Hachimangu / Sano / San-ukito shogun yashima shrines & Shikoku village
1/10 12:00 – 13:00 Reach Yashima-ji & eat at reigan-chaya.
1/10 13:00 – 15:00 Visit Yashima-ji
1/10 15:00 – 16:00 Visit Kitamine / Kamemi-dai
1/10 16:00 – 18:00 descend Kitamine / eat at waraya

2/10 08:00 – 08:30 Go to Takamatsu airport
2/10 10:30 – 12:00 Arrive In Tokyo.
2/10 13:30 – 21:00 Visit Akihabara.

3/10 – 7/10 Work in Tokyo
7/10 All day Visit Tokyo (to be programmed)
8/10 Fly back to London.

Pitifully, a Typhoon will hang over Ise exactly on this Sunday. For this reason, I will probably have to drop the day in Ise, and recover part of it later on, when going to Misugi. Just in case, I have cancelled my stay in Ise and will be staying in Nagoya, where I will meet with a pen pal of mine. A meeting that was long overdue, and that I am very much looking forward to.

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