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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Celebrating today with our sporadically annual tradition of cake and candles! If you had asked us when we first set off on June 14th, 2012 where we thought we'd be in seven years time, I doubt our answer would be: "Still riding around the world on motorcycles!" The last couple of years have...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    And then further on, we see the same figures in silhouette on the road. Is this a special thing in Tokushima? Upon closer inspection, these two figures were everywhere, on store windows, posters, etc. I looked up "Awa Odori" on the Internet and discovered that Tokushima is the site of an...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    One nice thing about being in a bigger city is the availability and choices for places to eat There are some really expensive, touristy restaurants around the hotel, but with a little poking around, we manage to find some places within our budget where the locals also go. Over the next couple...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Here's one I found on the Internet with a wall-mounted remote control. Comes with integrated speakers for the stealth-tinkle-doo-doo music. The name of this model roughly translated to English is, "Good Luck, Gaijin!" Add to this: energy-saver features like only turning on the heat only when...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    The view from our hotel room in Tokushima Although Tokushima is one of the larger cities in Shikoku (population ~260,000), it's nowhere as large as Tokyo (population ~13,000,000!), and the traffic is so much lighter here! This blog entry won't be too long because we are taking another rest day...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    We arrive at the island of Shikoku! They let out the cars and trucks off the ferries first, which is both unusual and sucky... :( What that means is that all the motorcycles are stuck behind the lineup as we ride into the city of Tokushima. Oh well, plenty of time to idle and look around...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Neda pretending to be an anime character on the ferry Sometimes if you catch her at the right moment, Neda has this anime smile that she does. It looks like this: Not a tatami room on the ferry, but the Japanese people love sleeping on the floor! Neda grabs her Kindle and does like the...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/398.html You may know that Japan is made up of many different islands. You may not know that there are a total of 6,852 islands in the Japanese archipelago! Here are some more interesting numbers: Only 430 of the Japanese islands are inhabited...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Haha! Thanks for all the comments guys, good to have you all traveling with us. Although the blog is two years behind, rest assured as of today (May 13th 2019) we are still on the road, celebrating our seventh year next month. Plenty of plot twists and turns ahead. There will be an epilogue...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    After settling in, we hop back on the bikes and ride a few streets away to Warren's favorite izakaya where he treats us to dinner and beer as we talk about our trip. In turn, we quiz him on what it's like living in Japan. He's an ex-pat from Australia and he works in a local high school. "Oh...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    On our way out of Koya, we pass by this giant shrine on the side of the road It's getting very late in the afternoon and we're about an hour away from Wakayama, where we are meeting Michael's friend that we're staying with. We definitely don't want to be riding after sunset, especially up here...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Is that a noodle bowl on his head? We figure there must be food nearby, and our hunch pays off! Thankfully the vending machine that you buy your meal ticket from has pictures, so we order a couple of ramen bowls without any linguistic difficulties. Just like all things Japanese, there is an...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Our detour on the much wider and more well-paved 169 is more suited to our kind of motorcycle. From the road, we can see Komori Dam in the distance From 169, we get on a fun and amazing winding Road 371, which climbs up Mount Gomadan. We're on our way north towards the town of Koya, nestled...
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    [YEAR 7!] Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Looking for candy The Laughing Buddha, or Hotei as he is known in Japan, is actually not related to the religious Buddha. In most Asian mythologies, the Laughing Buddha was a monk who carried around a sack that is either filled with candy or gold - depending on whether you're telling the story...
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