Welcome to my tiny corner of the digital morass.
It’s a little bit of, dare I say, literary and visual self indulgence relating to my forays into the mountains of Japan and beyond.
It all started years ago. Back in the day, while the hippies and flower children were having their sit ins and love ins, smoking ganja through the arse cracks of spotty frogs and the likes, a Japanese bloke by the name of Fukada-san put out a book detailing his subjective and, may I even suggest, tentative selection of Japan’s most strikingly beautiful and culturally significant mountains. There were a hundred of them in all and he entitled his tome ‘Nihon Hyakumeizan.’ The book became a bestseller and the hiking public adopted the selection as definitive, flocking to the mountains in droves in order to complete the entire list in their lifetimes. Unwittingly, the Hyakumeizan Challenge had been born.
In 2007 I quit work, dragged my sorry arse off the sofa, abandoned the bright city delights of Osaka and headed for the hills, claiming to anyone who would listen that I’d have Fukada’s hundred in the bag by Christmas of that year.
It’s here you’ll find snippets of that story.
Nowadays, settled in Kyoto and family in tow, a new mountain adventure is being undertaken (though, this time at a rather more sedate pace and kid friendly altitude) in the form of the local Kansai Hyakumeizan. Give us til Christmas 2020 for this one.
Here’s hoping you’re inspired in some way, shape or form to get out of range of the television, telephone and computer for an afternoon, weekend or year.
A bit of sweat and suffering never hurt anyone.
Oh, and if you enjoy the images here do check out my less wordy photoblog.