Novel writing month is really more about persistence and dedication and stamina and whatever other synonym for those words you can come up with. And time. Gotta set aside time each day. Ideally I'd be doing this anyway since that's how you, you know, actually get creative stuff done.
I don't make plans that far into the future. I might go back to Japan someday. Who knows. I like it there more than most places I've been. Personally, I'd rather go places I didn't have to worry about things like clean water, fresh food, etc. It's a little snobbish of me, but I just don't feel like visiting many poorer parts of the world.
That's an ambitious goal. I remember reading about an Indian man who went on a walking trip across the world who only relied on help from strangers. Even in Pakistan, India's biggest rival, he found lots of friendly people. I wish I could remember more of the details. But that does sound like the journey of a lifetime.
Well, I like both snow and onsen. And as I already said, I like the topography around there. Thanks for bearing with me, despite the questions.
I guess I'm both surprised and not, about locals feeling that way about the Kuril islands, but regardless of what a government does, that doesn't mean you should blame the country's citizens.
Well, I've been traveling all my life essentially. I've been to each contiguous state in the U.S, and almost went to Mexico once. If I could I'd move to China, but I really don't like the government/political state there.
Other then that, I'm trying to get to a point in my life where I can go backpacking in a couple different oversea countries. Germany, Russia, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Norway, and Italy, to name a few. I'd need to be able to be away from everything for one to two years, though, and that's a bit hard to manage. I'll also need to pick up a few other tricks to finance myself.
Hokkaido is much more of an outdoors kind of place to be, and not in the sunny beaches sense. Plus they don't have some of the more historical stuff around so any of that kind of tourist who would even think of going to Japan probably would go to Kyoto or Tokyo or somewhere else. You have to either like snow, or hot springs, or just have more info at your disposal to even consider Hokkaido in the first place.
Not everyone, but in towns that rely on fishing there's competition with Russians since some of the islands nearby are disputed. I don't really know the details, but every now and then you'll see some person or some sign advocating the return of the Kuril Islands which Russia has had since WWII.
So anyway, do you have plans to travel in the future?