“Get woken up by sun, rain, bird or raccoon; decide to set off or linger for a little longer. Eat. Explore. Meet new people. Eat. You never know what each day will bring and as it unfurls the characters you encounter and where you end up are a constant surprise.
Seeing the world at a pace that makes it possible to appreciate the rhythms of life is a special thing. Though I have always loved to explore, travelling by bicycle is an entirely new phenomena for me. Japan is an exceptionally cool country to tour.
The cultural contrast with Europe in terms of language and writing systems facilitates a peaceful escape from the constant flow of information that goes hand in hand with everyday western life.