fuji is where
Alrighty, I think I've caught up on three or four blogs thus far today. I'm getting blurry vision. I think the computer is not good for me. I'm just gonna try and finish these and keep them up-to-date the best I can from now own. I want to use less computer at work these days and more reading, but I definitely intend to keep sharing my wonderful experiences with people. This blog is dedicated to Mochan. He is a couchsurfer in Shizuoka
, Japan. He hosts about 20 people at a time at his home. He picks you up in Tokyo
in his minibus. We have snacks and drinks there by the side of the road next to the Tokyo Tower. This is a good chance to meet and greet the people you will share the time of a life with for the next few days.
oh, it's that way
I was the first to arrive because I was just walking around the area checking things out just trying to maintain cause of the previous night.
I helped him set things up for everyone and slowly but surely people started to trickle in. The guests included (and although I don't think any of them will read this I am sorry if I left any out, there were lots): Sulaiman Ali from Singapore, Umut Karakulak from Turkey, Nicolas Dumazet, Olivier Pernet, Philippe Maute and Marie-Ingrid Brézé from France, Steven Hofman from Belgium, Junko Fuji
moto, Emi Hagio, Akiko Misaki, Yuko Wada, Mino Osuka and of course Mochan himself from Japan, Berries Min and kimchi from South Korea (I got to practice my bad Korean haha), Katie Lazell from England, Judith and Cristina Torres Vilà from Spain, Yeni Adhayani from Indonesia, Giada and Giampaolo from Italy and myself from the US.
now we're just showing off
Interesting thing (and I will be using this for my students for sure!) is that only Katie and I were native English speakers, but that was the spoken language amongst everyone. Of course, there were plenty of side conversations in French, Japanese, Italian, Korean and Spanish but English was it man! Now we did all learn, and soon forget (well for me at least), how to say cheers in everyone's language, as well as some pick-up lines :).
I can't remember the order of events that occurred, but here's what I got (I just typed a bunch and hit some key and the page disappeared along with 20minutes of typing, arrghgrhar!!) We saw a beautiful waterfall. It was powerful because of all the rain. I had some delicious conch on a stick there. I also bought a bandanna there. A real thin brown one with elephants on it.
Yuko, Junko and I aka. Monday and Wednesday
I ended up giving it to my friend Mya cause it fit her personality well. We had a picnic by a lake which is suppose to bless you with what is considered to be the most spectacular view of Fuji available but thanks to mother nature we couldn't see a damn thing. The bottom of it was barely visible, just enough to give you an image of how truly massive the rock was. Everyone went to climb it one night. We dropped them off around 7pm. They napped and climbed up at night to catch the sunrise. They said it was cold, windy and rainy and the sunrise was like a fuzzy haze in the distance. I wasn't impressed by the pictures. I knew the weather would suck (why wouldn't it, it had everyday so far and the forecast said for more rain, yay). I read that only a fool would never climb Fuji, but only a bigger fool would climb it twice.
Yuko and I aka Monday
So I guess the hike it self sucks since it's just a straight slope up with no vegetation at the top. I know I will return, so I'd rather climb with decent weather. I absolutely fell in love with Japan, the food, the people, everything. So I'll definitely return while I'm in the neighborhood. I went back to Mochan's and it was just him and myself sitting around taking shots for Japanese liquor sochu. We decided to hold the first ever Korea vs. Japan couchsurfers winter/drinking games event in Korea this winter! Should be a bit interesting. Let's see..there was supposed to be a firework display for 90 minutes that is allegedly off the hook, but again...yep, rain! Instead we dressed up in some clothes we bought earlier that afternoon (you can see the pics I posted from that). Those are the highlights.
Yeni from Indonesia
In the end, Mochan asks for about $20 per day from everyone which is reasonable considering he has no job. He ran a bar but quit and bought a bus and does this. It's an amazing lifestyle and I admire him for his admiration to bring people together from all over the world. He has created so many positive connections, it truly must be a wonderful feeling he has when he goes to bed at night...I asked him as he was dropping us all off, "It never gets old does it?" He looked at me with his Hawaiian shirt on, shades over his eyes on a somewhat sunny day, with I think CCR playing on his radio and with a great big smile on his face his says to me, "Never."