Monthly Archives: Friday September 30th, 2011

30.9.2011 Niigata

Having prepared all route maps for the next legs of my journey, I took a leisure stroll through Niigata city. My eyes caught the display of a travel agency shop window – ohh Switzerland! In many places in Japan you can see big displays announcing travel packages for Europe, and many times a whole poster … Continue reading »

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29.9.2011 Niigata

This morning I had an invitation from the Niigata Prefectural Government. Mr. Tetsuo Igarashi kindly took me to the Niigata Prefecture Office building (pic. 2). Waiting there for me were Mr. Morio Takai (Director General / Department of Industry, Labor and Tourism), Mr. Hiroshi Shibutake (Director / Department of Industry, Labor and Tourism), Mr. Kiyoshi … Continue reading »

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28.9.2011 Niigata

For today I had the extension of my visa on my agenda. After a good night’s sleep I took the bus at 10:30 a.m. to the immigration office, which is located at the Niigata airport. Already one hour later at 11:30 a.m. I was able to leave the immigration office again with a three months … Continue reading »

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27.9.2011 Niigata

Yesterday evening, before I went to sleep, I got a night time visit from Mr. Oota, and another representative from Niigata Tourism Office (pic. 4). I started out early in the morning today, as I had to cover a long distance, which became even longer, as I was stopped by the police on the way, … Continue reading »

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26.9.2011 Niigata

From today on I move away from the coast into the hinterlands of Niigata for a while. I saw many rice farmers today, who had machines to harvest the rice. When I arrived in Tanai, I took a turn into a valley, and, walking for another 1,5 km, arrived at a rest area. The kind … Continue reading »

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25.9.2011 Niigata

People started to harvest this year’s rice paddies, they cut and dry it. The whole day long I walked along the coast, and had lots of opportunities to see the rice farmers working. In this area the rice is cut and dried still very often by hand, without machines, as it was traditionally done in … Continue reading »

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24.9.2011 Niigata

By crossing the border from Yamagata prefecture to Niigata I have more or less covered the first 1000 km of my journey following my start in Hokkaido. After walking for about 30 minutes on Niigata soil, I discovered a small facility for salt production near the coast. The very kind people working there took their … Continue reading »

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23.9.2011 Yamagata

This morning I had an early start, even though the weather did not look very promising. The whole day it changed all over again, from sun, to strong wind, and rain. But the coastal region of Atsumi was incredibly beautiful. I walked the whole day as if in a dream – and woke up when … Continue reading »

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22.9.2011 Yamagata

The worst of the typhoon is over, but the weather is still very rainy. For today, I am plan to be on the safe side, and stay over night in a youth hostel. From tomorrow on, I will follow the coast line for three days, where it will be difficult to find accommodation. For this … Continue reading »

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21.9.2011 Yamagata

Yesterday evening I met Mr. Oonishi and Mrs. Uno, who live nearby Tsuruoka. Eating a delicious dinner, and drinking some sake with it, we spent a pleasant evening together. This morning then I decided to stay for another day in Tsuruoka because of the typhoon. During the whole day I watched the news broadcasts on … Continue reading »

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