Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

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  1. lightcycle

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    Sorry, I was not paying attention to gluten or nut allergies while in Japan.

    Neda is very lactose intolerant, and we know Japan is very good country to travel through for those suffering with that. Dairy products are not normally a part of any Asian diet.

    I don't recall seeing a lot of nuts in the foods we ate. Maybe in the desserts. Does sesame seed count? Lots of sesame seeds in Japanese cuisine, they also use a lot of sesame seed oil as well. Don't know if Japanese use peanut oil in their cooking. Might be something to research.

    As far as gluten, you'd think Japanese food would be safe since their staple is fish and rice. But there is wheat in the ramen and soba noodles, as well as the tempura, obviously. Also, the soy sauce they use will have wheat in them as well and they use that in everything.

    Hope this helps, and that you do find some nut/gluten-free Japanese cuisine. It really is our favorite food!
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    So back on the bikes and out in the cold pouring rain to go look for a place to sleep tonight

    We've been staying at hotels and guest houses the entire time in Japan. Some of the places have tatami rooms, so we get the flavour of sleeping in Japanese-style accommodations. But none of them have been true "ryokans", which is a traditional Japanese Inn, where the entire building is wood and tatami mats everywhere. Until now!

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    First thing you do in any Japanese building is swap out your outside shoes for inside slippers
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    The Japanese are fastidious about dirt, and keeping it out of the living area. There are outside shoes, inside slippers and even toilet slippers. When you enter any washroom, you leave your inside slippers out in the hallway and don special toilet slippers:

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    We are really looking forward to a nice, hot onsen bath! This ryokan we've found is a budget inn. Most of the ones I found online were very fancy and expensive, which we can't afford. But this one is right in our price-range, which means we have to be prepared for basic and no-frills accommodations.

    But it does have an onsen onsite - which, saying this out loud, makes for a nice alliterative marketing slogan... for gaijin.

    So maybe not...

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    *shrug* heheh... Wuz a little bored, I guess...
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    After checking into our very basic and no-frills tatami room (which had a very strong grassy smell from the mats), we each went off to our separate onsens. I think we spent more time in the hot baths than we did riding to get here! :)

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    As mentioned, our tatami room is very basic and no-frills

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    But it did look better with the lights out. A nice touch with the backlit paper cutout shadows!

    Hopefully tomorrow it will be less wet outside.

    Oyasuminasai! (Good night in Japanese)
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    manshoon Been here awhile

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    Looks very uncomfortable. Dragging yourself off the floor to get dressed, no bed to sit on would suck. The upside to this is if you owned the place, furnishing would be on the " low side " :)
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    hehe.

    It really is a different way of sleeping and sitting, since they also sit on the floor as well without any back support.

    Having tried it for many months, I still prefer something a bit raised, but we did get used to it. It wasn't that bad to get up, get dressed, etc.

    The benefits are that sleeping on a thin mattress on the floor is really good for your back, and sitting upright on the floor without back support is also very good for your posture.

    The idea around tatami rooms is that they're multi-purpose. When space is so limited, the tatami room can serve as a living room, dining room and bedroom depending on what you bring out onto the floor, be it a bed, or table.

    We also think they look very cool. Whenever and wherever we decide to settle down, Neda wants a tatami room so she can do yoga there and also turn it into a reading room.
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    What? No recliner with cupholder and built-in fridge??? :imaposer:rofl:lol2
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    Well, the sun is shining outside, and quite brightly, as well. But this is how my day starts off:

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    My left boot is leaking and is still a bit soggy from yesterday's ride. Plastic bag sock condom to the rescue!

    So remember how down I was on Internet web forums, because nobody seems to be using them anymore? I actually got a response from one of the Japanese motorcycle forums I'm on! Dale is an American ex-pat living on Kyushu island, and he replied to one of my posts, inviting us out to breakfast before he headed out for work. He told us to meet him at a diner in Kitakyushu, which was less than 40 minutes away from our ryokan in Fukuoka. Cool! We get to meet another fellow motorcycle rider!

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    Dale brought all of his maps with him and helps us to plan our route through Japan

    Seems like Dale is a regular here. He was conversing quite fluently with the owner! I'm a member of a Facebook group for ex-pats in Japan and from all the chatter on there, it seems that the default job for gaijin is to be an English teacher. But now we're meeting so many people that have other jobs as well. Dale is a technical writer for Yamaha! We spent a lot of time talking about his experiences in Japan and motorcycling specifically! He said that on Kyushu, you never have to put away your motorcycle for the winter.

    Well then, Kyushu has automatically jumped up the list for a good place to settle! :)
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    Dale had to take off to go to work, and we thanked him for the warm welcome and for all the information.

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    Dale rides a Yamaha, naturally! MT-09 Tracer!

    We asked one of a bunch of Japanese ladies passing by to take our picture. After she did, the group of ladies also wanted to take our picture. Well, not of us, just of them and Neda! It seems that a gaijin girl on a motorcycle is quite the curiousity in these parts, same as I was in Latin America! :D

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    I took a shot of them with my camera as well! Neda towers over most of them! :D
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    We rode out of Kitakyushu, heading east across the bridge back onto the main island of Honshu. The road we're on takes us through Mine City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. This plateaued area is called Akiyoshidai and is littered with thousands of limestone karst formations on the ground around us. Very scenic!

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    Stopping to take some pictures of all the rocks

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    The visitor centre at Akiyoshida
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    Damn Gene, I've got some catching up to do. How caught up to real life is this report running now?
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    I still have about three years and two continents worth of material to type up and transfer over from the blog.

    So yeah... should be caught up very soon now...
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    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    So what was the total time frame for your nomadic life? Are you settled now or just taking a longer break?
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    In June, it'll be 8 years that we've been wandering around.

    We're currently on winter break, snowboarding on the west coast of Canada.

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    Back on two wheels in the spring!
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    Gene, you sure have a fun wife.
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    We're headed to Big White near Kelowna, BC looking at the snow your in please tell me that's where you are?????
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    Great place for some social distance
  20. lightcycle

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    You're not wrong.

    Nope, sorry. That's Blackcomb Glacier, our home hill. :D

    Speaking of which, I just found out that they've closed Whistler/Blackcomb for the next week or so because of COVID-19. :(

    @8lives, they may decide to do the same for Big White.

    Or not.

    WB is saying that enclosed gondolas pose a high risk for transmission. No gondolas on Big White so you may be okay. Hope your plans work out for you. It's a great hill, nice tree runs!