Brian here with a month of adventures. 4 weeks, 4 adventures. The task (adventure?) of learning how to write a decent post is still unattained. Awesome. I write more over at my regular blog, http://www.gaijinbash.com, click the links if you want to read more about each adventure.
1. Shinnenkai with my Motorcycle Riding Club
Shinnenkai is another excuse for people to drink in Japan. It roughly translates to let’s drink for the first time in the new year party. Hopped on the bike and headed down to the Izu peninsula. This is the one place near Tokyo where palm trees line the road and the beach, ocean, and sky aren’t all shades of grey. You can read more here.
2. Visit to an Abandoned Dinosaur Exhibition
Haikyo is the word for modern ruins in Japan. Mostly just hotels built during the bubble economy, these are the decaying reminders of overspending in a capitalist society. And they are totally rad! I have a fleeting interest in them, and make it out once in a blue moon. This time, I went to a dinosaur exhibition at a snake center. Read more about the dinosaurs here. And the freaky second part at the snake center here. Be warned, photos of hella dead snakes.