OF AN ADVENTURE
(153) unwashed, pre-Buddhist mountain ascetics.
(1) 63-year-old geisha.
(19) one-ton bulls.
(23) 350 pound (average) sumo wrestlers.
(37) naked drunken Japanese fishermen.
(18) samurai mounted archers.
(34) firewalking ascetics.
(8) trained cormorants.
6 romance hotels.
4 capsule hotels.
1 week in mountaintop Buddhist monastery.
Cemeteries and train stations.
68 electric baths.
10,000 lanterns (Day of the Dead).
40 tons of pounded rice.
57 judo workouts.
Collecting 22 kilos of aluminum cans.
6 months on a samurai mounted archery team.
900-mile trek along famous Buddhist pilgrimage.
Train: 340 hours.
Bus: 64 hours.
Airplane: 46 hours.
Hiking: 848 miles.
Hitchhiking: 12 rides.
245 bowls of instant ramin noodles.
half a pound of sautéed crickets (recipe upon request).
38 raw eggs (breakfast).
One taste of fermented raw squid.
Endless green tea.
Japanese proverb: “The (American) nail that sticks up gets
Cost of living: six-dollar apples.
2000-character Japanese alphabet (rediscovering illiteracy).
Learning to bow.
62 hours of footage
2,600 journal pages
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