近海る (Kin Kairu)

JET, Japan, Journalism and other J words

Countdown to infinite walking: before the fall

Well, it’s that week, folks. It’s about that time. As I buy the final necessary items and mark my map for expected sleeping locations, I’m becoming more anxious for the upcoming trip. Before my final send off, here are some quick notes that I would now stress to anyone doing the trip (particularly for those going in winter).

1) BUYING LONG JOHNS WAS THE BEST DECISION I’VE MADE YET. They usually aren’t on the “must pack” lists, but I noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference in my leg temperature after buying and putting them on. For 2500 yen they are more than worth it.

2) Toe-socks have also been recommended among walkers and I now see why. While my practice walks will not nearly give me the blisters that are bound to come, I can tell a significant lack in rubbing/heat between the toes after buying them. Also, 600 yen for three pair is nothing in the long run.

3) While originally I planned 6000 yen for my backpack, in hindsight it was a little naïve. If one is staying at a family inn every night, a bag that price/size should be fine, but after experimenting trying to fit in a tent, sleeping bag, blanket and sleeping pad into one that size, it was not going to work. I bought a larger bag for 12500 yen and it now fits everything (stuff can now be tied on the side, as well.) Don’t go cheap here.

4) Understandably, everyone seems concerned about the temperature during the walk. During my practice walks during the day, wearing a t-shirt, sweatshirt and a windbreaker on top and long-johns with jeans on the bottom kept me plenty cozy. That accompanied with the (not “too”) heavy backpack really kept my body temperature up. During the night, I just added another sweatshirt into the mix and had no complaints. It’s all about keeping the train moving.

​As I stated previously, there are no planned posts until the new year and, even then, it’ll be a little bit until I fully compose myself and actually sit down, edit the photos and start writing. I’ll see what I can do to post some photos here and there off my phone, but a full reflection won’t come until much later. I am planning on having a ton of stuff to post, though.

​With that, I would like to thank those who are reading this and those who have been keeping up with this blog so far. I do appreciate every person that reads, likes and comments on my material. I hope that all of you have the happiest of holidays and I’ll see you in the year of the horse.

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