My holidays have begun and just before I set off to Vietnam and Cambodia for a couple of weeks I thought I should do what most of the media (without anything new to write about!) do and take a look back at the last 12 months.
This time last year I spent the Christmas period travelling around Japan which began with a trip to see my mate Teru in Fukuoka who I hadn’t seen since Perth four years prior to that. From Fukuoka I took in the sights of Hiroshima (famous for the A-Bomb Dome and Miyajima’s floating torii), Osaka, Nara, Himeji, Kobe and Kyoto.
The new year started with my first trip abroad to South Korea which was probably one of my coldest ever experiences but a good one nevertheless as I got to to see the World Cup and Olympic Stadium’s in Seoul and take the surreal border crossing into North Korea .
Similar cold times were spent on the slopes of Hakuba Ski Resort in Nagano which I visited a fair few times as I really got into my snowboarding during the ski season.
In terms of events, I saw both ‘The Magic Numbers‘ and ‘Franz Ferdinand‘ play a great live show at the Budokan which is probably Japan’s most famous live venue. The music continued at Summer Sonic ’06 in August when I got my first live taste of the Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Linkin Park. The strangest event of the year though had to be the Penis festival in Kawasaki at the start of April.
I lost count of the trips I did in Japan but my highlights included Nokogiriyama, Onjuku, Fujiku Highland, Tobu world square and also a trip far down south to Okinawa and some islands which were actually nearer to Taiwan. I did some good snorkelling there but sadly not long after that holiday was my split with Ai after a couple of years together albeit on and off at times. Life goes on though. Hong Kong and Taiwan were my other two trips abroad this year which I did alone and both were great fun.
The purchasing of the computer laptop which I type this on as well as an iPod and the starting up of this blog took me into a whole new ‘otaku‘ (geek) world before I knew it and that was further topped off with many a trip to a Maid Cafe or two!
Anyway, a very busy year and no doubt I’ve missed out some other stuff. I guess it may be difficult to do as much in 2007 but whatever I do you can be sure to read it here!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.