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2010 04 14 - Hagi day 2

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The tent and the orange tree. Free food comes with great dangers and bad taste

After all my good fortune of the trip to Hagi, Hagi itself didn't treat me so nice that night. It was raining, cold and noisy and it took me a while to realise that came because the strong wind had blown a tent-pin from the ground. I had to get out and fix it, but just when I had warmed up again another tent-pin flew out and I had to fix it again. After that I was ok, but at 6:30 two police officers came to check on me. After showing my passport and telling about my travelling everything was found ok and I could get some more sleep.

After waking up many things happened very fast. I found out that I slept next to an orange tree, picked up an orange from the ground and got knocked over from behind. I first suspected a human attack, but dismissed that because A) this is Japan and B) the attacker flapped away.

The falcon circling above me
It turned out a falcon hit me from behind and there were many more circling way above me. A friendly "neighbour" from the house closest to me tent had seen what happened and offered me a cup of coffee. She turned out to be a pottery baker and just like that I had found out about the oranges and pottery of Hagi that I would learn more about in the museum. Hagi turns out to be filled with pottery bakers that produce Hagiyaki (7 times color changing pottery because of the handacid/pottery interaction). And the whole town is filled with Oranges and Lemon trees. The orange was so horribly sour that I am not sure if there is a big difference between Hagi-Orange and Hagi-Lemon.

I then visited the Hagi museum that is almost only in Japanese, filled with history that everyone seems really proud about but ends at 1872 when "The railroad began running between Shinbashi and Yokohama (Japan)" a year after "The German Empire was formed (World)" and was mostly based around a school that was run by Shoin Yoshida who walked 13000 km around Japan, tried (but failed) at stealing The Powhatan (the flagship of the black armada from the USA) and he died at age 29 (but no reason was given anywhere).

Just one of many strange things in the Hagi museum
The history of Hagi showed a lot of educational and military reforming but it was extremely poorly explained. If all of this sounds strange and confusing you are right, it was.

It was time to hithchike to Iwami but that was harder than expectec. I never could find a sign. Eventually I just started hithhiking and I gambled correctly. I got a lift to Iwami (which turned out to be also called Masuda) with a boy driving his mothers car. He was going to visite his grandmother in a town that was only located halfway but he drove me to Iwami/Masuda. In there I walked around a sweetwater lake (I tasted it) that was directly connected to the sea. the lake was shaped like 2 leafs, but only one was showing up on my map

Then it was time to continue hitchhiking to Izumo.

Walking 13000 km without bringing any gear? I could do that in a year
I got a direct lift to "Izumo park" with a truckdriver who practised Kendo. He analysed my route and made slight improvements for the last part to Hokkaido (Niko, +Fukusima, Sendai, +Aomodi, Hokkaido). He gave me a lot of food and several sizes "One cup Sake" and then told me that this park was the best place to stay in Izumo.

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The tent and the orange tree. Free…
The tent and the orange tree. Fre…
The falcon circling above me
The falcon circling above me
Just one of many strange things in…
Just one of many strange things i…
Walking 13000 km without bringing …
Walking 13000 km without bringing…
These soda machines are literally …
These soda machines are literally…
If you look at the middle of the r…
If you look at the middle of the …
You could get a bike for free afte…
You could get a bike for free aft…
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That must have been some huge acc…
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Allthough the walk around the lak…
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Even I can see that this fisherma…
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