Happy Spring Equinox (Nawroz)!?

http://news.discovery.com/earth/spring-equinox-around-the-world-photos-140318.htm

Happy spring equinox to all my wonderful sisters and brothers across the blue and green planet Earth, I hope that this new beginning in nature will help you to have wonderful new start to the season and focus on doing good things for the planet, humanity and other species, I think this new beginning will be celebrated across the planet in a different way and with a different meanings and names.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/20/471185302/happy-spring-a-roundup-of-stories-for-the-vernal-equinox

In England people visit Stonehenge and other places to celebrate this new beginning of the season.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-31999105

In the middle east and some part of Asia will be celebrated as a coming new year across many different nations, and cultures as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz

http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/03/21/the-u-n-happy-international-day-of-nowruz/

http://earthsky.org/human-world/a-chinese-perspective-on-the-spring-equinox

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newroz_as_celebrated_by_Kurds

http://www.farsinet.com/noruz/history.html

So let me take this opportunity once again to welcome this new change in nature, and wish everyone who is celebrating it a happy time, and I hope it’s a good reflection time on their future.

Earthian

 

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BBC’s news on 8th March on Instagram!?

“BBC NEWS 8TH MARCH: The BBC met a young Yazidi woman who was abducted, raped, beaten and then trafficked by the so-called Islamic State militant group.  She gave birth to a boy.  She later escaped but had to leave the baby behind.  We are not identifying the woman because she has family members still held captive.  Find out more: bbc.in/abducted #Iraq #Syria #Yazidi #BBCShorts @BBCNews”

In response I had to say that “History is repeating itself, same thing has been done centuries ago, in the region and now we’re witnessing live victims”.

I refer you to this article first (http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/09/muhammad-isis-iraqs-full-story.html) to read thoroughly to understand in depth knowledge about the Region, Religion, National, Cultural, and Historic differences before you make any judgement, and talk about the subject!?

I try my best to bring more written related articles about the subject, so you can make up your own mind to understand the complexity of the region and the subject, which wouldn’t be easy to comment on a BBC’s Instagram short video and to hurt others feeling without a knowledge, after all we want to have a better world without violence, in peace and harmony with one another not creating more differences and intolerance towards one another!?

So if you have time you can read more articles to understand, digest and have more knowledge about the subject:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_conquest_of_Persia
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_conquest_of_Afghanistan
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Kurds
  4. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Kurds.aspx
  5. http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Tajikistan-to-Zimbabwe/Kurds.html

 

one love

Earthian

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Still In Bishkek!

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Bishkek has become a very warm home for me for a while now, and I don’t know for how long, but I’m still here, alive and thriving, and not just surviving.

So still here in Bishkek in Central Asia, Teaching English, and now also ICT (Information Communication Technology), waiting and thinking on my resettlement with my new family before I carry on with the rest of my peace mission.

During the past two months (almost), I had a chance to visit Kazakhstan again, and after five days of journey across south west, which I wasn’t able to see on my first trip, I was hoping to see two different places. After a short lift with the kindness of a wonderful peace brother from Bishkek, and a a few miles of walk into Korday, then outside, from there I managed to get a connection to Shu train station and from there after waiting for about two hours I got on a train bound to Aralsk in a hope to visit and see Aral sea. When I got there after some questioning by the Kazakh transport police and getting some connection with the local people, next day I was told I wouldn’t be able to see the remaining water from the dried Aral sea, due to the cold weather and no transportation to get there, and as someone from a petrol station in the city told me that very recently someone has drowned and people don’t want to go there, also they’re thinking I was doing an expedition and I have got a lot of funds behind me, so I was told if it’s absolutely necessary they could get me there, if I could provide some funds, but as I explained to the Kazakh transport police the day before, and to others, I was just merely making a peaceful observation and there is no expedition and no funds available for my visit.

So I was told, I would be better off to change my direction due to the very cold weather and not having appropriate clothes and supply of food, which, they said, meant I couldn’t simply walk to the sea despite the distance was just only about 50 km or so. I decided to head on south bound towards to my second destination this time “Baikonur” the famous space station here in Kazakhstan, but as I got off in Bikbauli, which I was told it was Baikonur, then transport police again questioned me for quite a while before I could get anywhere, then they told me Baikonur is a secret city, and I can’t go there as a civilian, then they asked me to leave the area as soon as possible towards Taraz.

So next day when I was on my train bound southwards to Taraz I realised from “maps.me” app on my smart phone that the staff from the train had told me that  Bikbauli was Baikonur, which I was really upset and not very much happy about, but as I was told it’s a secret city, then I really didn’t want and feel comfortable to go to the secret city anyway. As I arrived in Taraz in the early hours of the next day I came across a group of young people who were under the influence of alcohol and wondering what I was doing there, and I was trying to explain to them, but with no hope, and I began to feel uncomfortable, so I managed to get out of there and back to the station safely, and waited there till next day before I make my way towards “кербен”.

After connecting with some wonderful and good hearted people I managed to connect back from Taraz to Talas, then after a long and difficult car journey and going through a mountain full of snow I managed to get back to my family resting place here in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

 Since I have been back I have tried to reduce my main social media connection specially through Facebook and after watching this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmDU_1sUXikfrom a YouTube I decided to deactivate my Facebook completely for the time being and reduce my connectivity to just my blog and Instagram (earthiankvn) only. Not knowing that my reasons for deactivating my account wouldn’t be shown to my Facebook friends, I didn’t realise I may be causing concern to some of my wonderful brothers and sisters, so please if you have anything in your mind, and would like to get in touch with me through these two continuing media and my e-mail earthiankvn@gmail.com, you’re welcome to do so!

So until the next episode of my peace journey, may my love and peace be upon you wherever you are on our beautiful blue and green planet.

One love

Your humbled Earthian peace brother still from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.

 

 

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Not Only a Refugee Crisis

This was written by Aphrodite Vati Mariola (hotel proprietor, Lesvos) (with a little assistance from me). It’s about the impact on the island and people of Lesvos of the ‘refugee crisis…

Source: Not Only a Refugee Crisis

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Back in Bishkek

On Wednesday 02.12.15, I arrived back in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to meet up with my wonderful partner and our son, as it’s about three months that I was away from them.

Due to my circumstance in Japan and finding no way to get out of Japan by means of the sea to America, I decided to move out in an unusual way, and move on.

After greeting and meeting with my family and a wonderful man who I met back in the summer when I was helping out with some teaching activities, this man explained he was going for a month or so to be away from the university, and he asked me if I could help out with his lessons at the IAAU (International Ataturk Alatoo University), which I was happy to do so while I was back, till next year.

So after going back to my partner’s place and resting, taking a shower, and eating something than I was given a lift to the university to teach a group of beginners English language from 2-5pm then back to my new resting place.

On December third I helped out with a pre-intermediate class for about 2 hours, then met up with a few people at the university to let them know that I am covering for a lecturer who has left for a short period, then on Friday 4.12.15 I got in touch with BLC (British Language Centre) where I was helping them with their summer camp to let them know that I am back and see how could I help them with anything for the days that I was off from the university and weekends as well. I met up with the manager and she kindly asked me to help out with some individual and group activities to teach at pre-intermediate and upper-intermediate levels, so I have been busy helping out for the weekend.

On Friday 18.12.15 I met up with a researcher from Germany who I met back in London and he’s now doing his research on anthropology in Osh. After his visit to BLC and a cup of lemon tea together we chatted about our activities since we have left London long time ago and we hoped to meet up again before he heads back to Osh from Bishkek, you can visit his blog on http://www.conninkyrgyzstan.wordpress.com, and find out more about his research.

So for the past month I have been very busy teaching English at the university and at the language centre, also visiting a few people and places, and being in a celebratory mode of the Xmas, and new year, and having enough time to find out and get in touch with some wonderful people and I think it’s worth to mention here my wonderful peace sister who I found out, while I was back here in Bishkek, she has taken on a challenge of going out and helping some needy people in southern Europe, so you can read more about her stories on:

https://hazelhedge.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/december-in-lesvos-2015/

It’s so fascinating what individually we can do and just imagine if we all come together what we can accomplish in any area we think things needs to be done and improve for a better planet and all its inhabitants.

I don’t want to review 2015 but I hope 2016 will bring us more harmony to come together to look after our planet, and everything else on it, so on this note wishing you a great year ahead of you and hope to meet more wonderful people on my way, and to learn more from them.

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A change of plan; no more Japan

02.11.15

I left the port city of Nishinomiya at about 2pm after sending out my final update for the blog. I was unable to get to an area in third part of the Shin Nishinomiya yacht harbour due to a construction development, then on my way I came across a kind retired man and as I spoke to him and showed him my messages in Japanese he very kindly gave my first lift for about few miles towards my next destination port of Nagoya.

So after saying thanks and goodbye to him I carried on walking first towards a famous and old capital of Japan (Kyoto), as for me to get to Nagoya I have to go through this city, then as I was walking and asking people about my destination to make sure I’m walking to the right direction, after more than 6km walk I came across a sustainable Nissan car dealer and I asked them if they could show me the latest catalogue from them, and they very kindly did – after some difficulties understanding each other first – then they offered me one to have and look at it, and as I looked at it in details the specification was very good and I hoped that in the future could get one for my life time and if so my children’s as well after me they could use it, and it’s a good feeling thinking of driving again with one of those in the near future, then I moved further away from the city of Nishinomiya and as it was getting dark trying to connect with my destination was difficult, so I went to a 24h internet cafe and I asked them about my stay overnight there, as I wasn’t sure outside will rain or whether I might be able to find a sheltered place, so as I had some funds I was told I should go back at 8pm to get the cheapest deal, so through someone kind I relayed my message to the receptionist and I told them if couldn’t get a lift towards my first destination to Kyoto I’ll be back and stay for about 8h, then as I went out again and tried hard to connect with someone towards my destination despite being dark, as I had to wait till 8pm before I go back into the internet cafe again, then just 5 min before 8pm a wonderful man from Itami between Kobe and Osaka, who was going back to his home and was coming back from Kobe from his work place (www.ibcjapan.co.jp), very kindly offered me a lift all the way to Kyoto after some talk together, and as in Kyoto for my third time, we went to two Manga Kisa (24h internet cafe) places but one told just chairs are available so I couldn’t lay down and rest, and the second we’re told just for Japanese, so after some time looking for a place he decided to take me back to one outside the city and he’s hoping I could get some rest before next day then I could make my way towards my final Nagoya port station.

I have to say he was very determined to find me a place to rest before he goes, and here in Japan if you ask someone for a place or something they want to make sure you’ll get it before they could let you go and then they could move on happy, it is part of their culture, and in the case of this wonderful man he want to show he wanted dearly to help me to get a place to rest, so after more than 2h of driving finally he found a place similar to the one about 3h ago I was there and I was told I could rest there if had funds, so after saying thanks to the wonderful international car exporter and dealer I stayed at the place (kyoto shi minaniku kuze higashi tuchikawacho 19), and after going through all the paperwork, as they’re extremely bureaucratic when it comes to staying in a place, so after all that I stayed there for about 8h, also I couldn’t rest much as I got busy sorting out my phone and photo issues, because the night before I couldn’t sort them out as the computer couldn’t recognise my phone, then I had to move out at 6am.

I made my way towards Kyoto again, and after about an hour of waiting another kind Japanese man offered me a lift back to the main train station in Kyoto for the fourth time and it’s here that I sent out a message to say after connecting to Kyoto for the fourth time I am about to make my way through the city towards Nagoya port, and after couple of connections at the station with a Japanese couple who offered me some dried African coffee and then an American couple who wished me luck and the woman offered me some funds, then walking for a bit and an hour of sleep in a little park then eating some food in a famous old man shop then again some more miles of walk I got my second lift of the day to the town of Otsu at the south of famous Japan lake of Shiga, then after thanking the wonderful woman for the lift, I came across and spoke to a couple of young boys who could speak some English and they kindly offered me some funds towards my food and drink then I waited there for about 1h before I got my third lift of my day with a wonderful woman with her young son, who were going back all the way to Nagoya, so she very kindly took me to the ferry terminal in the port of Nagoya, we spoke a little in the car as we couldn’t speak each other’s language then through one of her friends on her phone I managed to tell him my destination in Nagoya and have some laughing as I was tired and sleepy and her son as well, but he offered me some sweets that didn’t keep me awake so after arriving at the port after 2h of driving then she took a photo of me and her son as well then I said goodbye to them.

At the port I made some enquiries about my Pacific connection, which I found out there’s no Pacific Ocean connection here in this Japanese port as well, so after a local bus and a train connection I arrived at the main Nagoya train station at about 7pm and I stayed there for a few hours before I make my way outside as they’re closing the station, during those hours I came across two kind men one from Japan who after seeing my sign donated some funds and the second was again from Nepal after talking to him for a bit he very kindly offered me some food and drink, and showed his support for my cause with his writing message on my notebook then I said goodbye to him as well, as he had to go, and then I made my way towards another internet cafe as the night before I couldn’t get much sleep and during the day as well, so I managed to find and stay there for another 8h and this time I got some rest, drinks and a shower before I make my way out towards the main station again.

4&5.11.15

I had to move out after 8am from the Manga Kissa (internet cafe), so after saying goodbye to this new resting centre as well, I made my way back to the main Nagoya train station and after visiting the tourist information centre and getting a map for the city and the name of some of the famous landmarks here in Nagoya, I headed out towards my first place Toyota commemorative museum of industry and technology, on my way I stayed in a mini stop store to eat something and as I could sit there I caught up with my couple of days writing, then I carried on towards my first place of visit, Noritake Garden http://www.noritake.co.jp/mori then after about 1h of rest at the park near this garden, I moved out towards my second place to visit Toyota museum http://www.tcmit.org. I didn’t go in as it’s a bit late but I managed to see a live performance of a partner robot for 5min, and then I made my way towards the port again, which on my way I came across a place was called Lawson100 which everything in there suppose to be 100 yen but in reality is 108 yen including tax, it’s something like a pound shop back in England, so anyway I managed to get some food and I carried on walking and I came across a 24h Macdonald and I sheltered till next day, so I did some paper and map tidying up as there wasn’t any internet for me to use.

After saying goodbye to the place that I was staying for the night I made my way towards the port again and on my way I visited the city hall of Nagoya to find out whether their response would be same as Kobe and Osaka or different, as here they’re a different province, and after about an hour of waiting and talk I found out the mayor is in Sydney and the deputy mayor is very busy but staff for the mayor’s office again found out for me that they can’t help me. I was told to go to another place called “Nagoya International Centre” (www.nic-nagoya.org.jp), so I asked them to call them on my behalf if they would like to see me and if they could help me with my request and they kindly did, but again they told the mayor’s office staff that they can’t help me as well, so after thanking them for their time and being patient with me I headed on further towards the harbour and port of Nagoya again.

On my way I came across two groups of activists who were talking to people about two different topics: one about the WMD and mainly concentrating on Nagasaki and Hiroshima as the victims of such weapons, and I spoke a little with them as they couldn’t speak much of English and they’re the old generation, but as I showed my support for their cause and showing my messages in Japanese to them they’re quite happy and they supported my cause as well, then at about 5pm as they’re going home I said thanks and goodbye to them. The second group that I came across were two young men who were advocating “Japan for UNHCR” (www.japanforunhcr.org), which I supported their cause collecting funds for the troubled regions across the world and especially war torn regions, and I told them about my peace mission and I showed them my messages and they even corrected two words on my sailing profile (which it’s sent to me from England), as I showed them, they were emphasising the correct grammar of it, which I appreciated and wish them good luck on their efforts towards the crisis in the world and especially in Africa and other regions in the world, then about 6pm I said thanks and goodbye to them as well, and start walking again towards the harbour, and on my way I stopped in a Lawson store to use some internet and eat some food and I stayed around til about 11pm, before I move on further south, and on my way I found a quiet place to put my head down for the night.

6,7&8.11.15

I woke up at about 7am as the place I put my head down last night was a public area for smoking in front of a NTK cultural hall, which people were stopping by and smoking before they make their way to work, as the area was a non smoking area, so they have to wait to get to the smoking area before they could smoke, and it’s here in Japan that I have seen people couldn’t smoke anywhere that they’d like and they have to wait to reach a particular place or area which was designated to the smoking, so in a way public control has gone way beyond what I have seen across any other nations I have ever visited. Then after packing and waiting in a local store (FamilyMart), to eat something and do some updates, I moved on further towards the port of Nagoya again in a hope I could connect with someone who could help me with my Pacific Ocean connection.

So after walking, then stopping and trying to talk to people but with no luck after a few hours of walk and generally speaking to only two people, I finally arrived in front of a Mitsubishi TORAY Nagoya plant and as I approached the security personnel, and showing them my sailing profile and asking them if they could help me to speak to the manager of the factory and see if they could help me, but instead they put me through a phone to a police officer from Nagoya city and he asked me to leave the plant as soon as possible and don’t ask any companies for a job as I’m not there to work, and I said to him clearly that wasn’t my intention and they’ve misunderstood me and all I wanted was to speak to the main manager of the plant to see if he could help me with my Pacific Ocean crossing and nothing else, and if I have made the security personnel uncomfortable by showing my sailing profile that’s not my intention and I will leave immediately, so I did so and moved further away from the place as it’s under a heavy security guard through the personnel and cameras, so as I moved away from there, and due to the circumstances that I was in I have gone to a wrong direction and as I came across a place where I could get some food and drink then I stayed outside the Lawson store till next day, so as I was busy talking to some wonderful people using the store internet across the world. Then, as I didn’t get sleep all night I started walking further hoping to get into the harbour area, but don’t say as I have been tired and not sleeping at all and had yesterday’s incident with the security of the plant I have gone to a different direction for about more than 5km before I realised in the late afternoon which by the time I tried to get back to the Nagoya East port it’s too late in the evening so as it’s getting dark then I found another bridge to put my head down for the night earlier as last night didn’t sleep at all, so I hoped the universe will connect me with more kind people tomorrow.

Today on Sunday as I woke up about 7am and started to walk towards the Nagoya East port station and I was hoping I could make some enquiries about my connection, and as it’s raining heavily I managed to find the east port station and it’s exactly by the Mitsubishi TROAY company and there wasn’t any sign of a harbour or port for me to make enquiries so as it’s raining I couldn’t walk much most of the day, and in afternoon again when I did get a chance to walk for some time it’s too late to find anywhere and as the rain started again I stopped by a building which was called “Kings Court”, and I thought hopefully someone from here will come out and speak to me which it did happened at about 7pm, and I explained my circumstances and they kindly allowed me to stay by the letter boxes of the building till next day and a wonderful man with his wife from 7th floor of the building which was under maintenance and had scaffolding all around it told me we have a small apartment but I can stay indoor because of rain, and they wrote something on a piece of A4 paper to let everyone in the building know that I am safe and they already convinced a few of their neighbours who were around and one of them very kindly brought me some food and next some water and bread as well, and the wonderful man told me if anyone asked me why I am there, say to them contact flat 701 and he’ll explain to them.

9.11.15

Today as I slept earlier last night and I didn’t get any interruption from the people in the building, so I woke up about 4am and as the rain was stopped I headed out towards Yokohama, as I felt I don’t want to look for a port or any harbour here in Nagoya due to the complications of finding the right place for me to get in touch with some people that might or might not be able to help me with my journey, so after some walk and talk to some people, and also coming across some orange and mandarin fruit trees, so I had some to compensate for lack of vitamin c of my body and some passion fruit as well for my natural sugar, then I had come across a family mart store, as I was told by a kind man who gave me a short lift from his company to a main junction towards my destination then as I got to the store, and as I was standing outside a member of the staff from the store came to me which has not happened very often before, so as I explained my circumstances to him, and showed my messages, he very kindly after some time waiting came back and offered me some food and drink and as I managed to quickly update my circumstances through the internet there, then I said thanks to the staff of the store and I moved away further towards Yokohama, and as it’s raining again I found another bridge to rest for the night, and I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me – which were all traffic passing in a speedy way and they have to wait for the traffic light to go green so they can move on, and on the second level was an express way with no stopping at all.

10.11.15

Today I woke up at about 6am and after saying goodbye to my under the bridge resting place I started walking towards Yokohama again and after about few kilometres I got to a place which was full of oranges, mandarin and passion fruit plus some fig trees as well, so I had a bit of each then again head on for about few more kilometres before I get to a shopping mall and in there I got some food and water, then as I came out of the mall and standing with my board outside the main mall car park, and I was trying to see if I could get a lift towards my destination as it’s been almost two days since I have left Nagoya and getting nowhere closer to my destination, so after about half an hour standing there a wonderful kind man turned up, and came to me to say that Yokohama is too far but he would like to give me a lift to my next destination on the board and that was Toyokawa and I said it’ll be great to go anywhere further out of here, and he very kindly took me all the way to the train station and as we got there and he did enquire about next train to Yokohama, he found out there’s no train from there going to my destination but there was train from Toyohash, and not Toyokawa, so he very kindly decided to take me further from there all the way to Shizuoka, and on our way he stopped in a service station and very kindly got me a special Japanese tea and sushi as a treat and a gift for me, so after thanking him I sent out a message on a social media by connecting to his network to mention of his kind heart and his hospitality to everyone, and finally I asked him to drop me off at any service station close to the city so from there I could link up with other people to my final destination, so he very kindly did, and after saying goodbye to him I stayed the rest of the day from about 2pm till next day with no connection to anywhere, and I had to sit in there without sleep as outside was raining heavily during the day and in the night everywhere was wet, so lucky there was a place for hot and cold drinks which I stayed there till next day, and I hoped the universe will connect me further east tomorrow.

11&12.11.15

Today at about 6am I was ready to go from this service station 5km to Shizuoka, and after less than half an hour wait I got my first connection of my day with a kind man with his volvo estate car where boot of his car was full of cats and dog puppies so he took me about 100km to the next service station about 30km to Yokohama, and he offered me a coffee as well, then after thanks and goodbye to him in this service station I waited for over 2h before I get my next lift, during the time I was in this new service station which was run by NEXCO (NAKAI) and a Family Mart was there as well but the wifi wasn’t functioning, so it’s here that I met an engineer after talking to him about my journey and showing him my sailing profile and as he was waiting for a friend who has done a project together and they’re on their way to a meeting about their project (www.at-system.jpn.com), so as his friend arrived, and explained to him about me he said they’re in hurry and good luck with my journey and I said goodbye to them. I got some food to eat, then I spoke to a few others with no real connections, but as I was waiting I spoke to a lorry driver who was cleaning his lorry and making it ready for his next load, so he told me he would be quite happy to take me to the next busiest service station in the area “Ebina” about 10km to Yokohama, then as I found out he’s going to the port of Kawasaki, I asked him if he could take me there, so after visiting there I always can come back to Yokohama, and as you might know Kawasaki is between Yokohama and Tokyo, so he very kindly agreed and took me all the way to the port of Kawasaki and as we went through Yokohama and seeing its port compare to Kawasaki it’s massive, so as we arrived at about midday and lunch time, there was a Lawson store there and I managed to send out a message to say I’m well and arrived there through social media, then in the afternoon I went and spoke to the port authority, and after half an hour of talk they told me they can’t help and I should use social media to see if anyone out there would be able to come forward and help me, so after saying goodbye to them I came back to the Lawson store where I have left my stuff, and I hoped someone would be able to come forward and help me but for the duration I was there, over 24h, I couldn’t get in touch with anyone and I moved out next day at about 8am, after seeing no real hope from there. As I was walking to cross to the mainland from this port island, on my way I came across a few people and a ship which I asked about my need for help and they couldn’t help, and as there’s a fire at the port about 4 helicopters were hovering overhead and someone from the port with a pair of binoculars and a camera was observing the on fire region of the port, and as I didn’t get any help from them I moved further on and I came across a kind fisherman and after showing my messages he very kindly offered me some food and water then after thanking him and taking a photo and then saying goodbye to him I came to the end of that part of the harbour and as I was coming back to connect with Yokohama I didn’t get a lift and despite someone told me he’ll come back to take me they never turned back and after about an hour’s rest at the back of a Family Mart store as the weather wasn’t that bad, then I woke up and I came into the store which was a 24h place, and I sat down there hoping someone might go towards Yokohama and will take me, also one of the main reasons I stayed here in the port of Kawasaki I couldn’t walk back through a main bridge to Yokohama, so I had to walk to Kawasaki city and then from there to Yokohama which I didn’t want to take that route, and I said to myself ‘if tomorrow I don’t get a lift direct to the port I have to find an alternative’, then I came out of the 24h Family Mart store as the place that I was staying for using to sit down to eat and drink was closing at 10pm so I have to move out, and I was lucky that it’s not raining and despite being very windy, I found a truck to be a shield from the wind and in front of it I lay down my mat and put my head down inside my sleeping bag to sleep but immediately as I put my head down the truck driver woke up and started his truck engine and I stood up and wanted him to see me in front of his truck to make sure he wouldn’t run me over in the middle of the night, and then despite all the truck noise as it’s too late in the night and I was very sleepy as I wasn’t sleeping well for the past two days, so I decided to go ahead and put my head down for the night and said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me.

13&14.11.15

I woke up at about 4am as I was really worried about my position despite being tired of not sleeping very well, but I made sure I am going to be alive to carry on with my peace journey, then I got something to eat and as I had a feeling there wouldn’t be any connection made from there to the port of Yokohama any time soon, I chose to do the alternative of walking towards Kawasaki city and from there back to Yokohama.

So as I said goodbye to the place that I was staying I headed out to do a round walk around the island and then found myself walking through an underwater tunnel for pedestrians which was about a km long and I have to say on my walk around the island I came across a number of big ships which was unloading or loading cargoes on them but none of them I could approach to ask if anyone of them going to Australia or America because of the security would tell me immediately no and showing me a cross hands that means no, so I can’t approach the area at all.

So anyway after crossing the underwater tunnel which reminded me of Greenwich under the Thames River tunnel for pedestrians, I got out of an island into another island and going around this as well to make sure I haven’t missed any connectivity to a nice human being might be able to help, but despite walking all around it with no luck through a small bridge I connect back to the third island before I try to make my way all the way to Yokohama or Kawasaki city, then as I crossed the bridge I saw another 24h Family Mart store and as I was tired and was walking since early morning and I haven’t had much to eat since, then I said to myself let’s rest here today and tomorrow is another day for itself, so I got some essential food and water as my donated fund was coming towards an end and I had to make other arrangements to survive here in Japan. I managed to communicate with my other half back in central Asia and let her know that I am okay for time being, and I was hoping to link up with her if she could get to Australia or New Zealand, but I wasn’t seeing any further hope out of Japanese official to help my crossing.

So I didn’t sleep all night again and moved out about 6am from there towards Yokohama, but as I was tired and I was trying to find an indoor place to put my head down I couldn’t find anywhere suitable and in one or two places I was told to move and as I was walking, hoping I was going towards my destination Yokohama, I came across a young cyclist and as I asked him about my destination he told me I’m going to a totally different direction and as he asked and showed me a bus towards the Kawasaki station and then from there to Yokohama, which he very kindly contributed towards my journey, so after a bus and a JR journey I arrived in Kannai station at about 9am not far from the port. I saw another Family Mart here and I managed to get some more food with the donated fund from the young boy, and as I was outside trying to eat and update my circumstances after about two hours a member of the store staff came out and told me to leave front of their store as every customer are allowed just 10min, and I said ‘it’s raining and I was sheltering here till rain stops then I will make my way to the port’, but she said I have been there for two hours and as all day is going to rain I have to make a move, so I said okay and made my way despite rain to another building nearby and in there I found a place where I wanted to move all my videos and photos from my phone to a memory stick, then I could format my micro sd card for my phone, as I was found out the reason I couldn’t any longer take photos was because it’s been corrupted, so I managed to do so in this place by offering some of my final fund and after that I did format the card, but afterwards I lost most of my major connection to the social media and from there on I had to find another alternative to communicate with outside world again.

So as it’s still raining and going to rain till tomorrow morning I have to find a dry place to rest. By now I was really getting tired of moving about without any proper food, drink and sleep, and I felt very bad without using any bathroom and shower or washing my clothes, which everywhere else I could get help for it, but not here in Japan.

I was wishing the universe could help me to overcome all the major obstacles on my way to finish my peace pilgrimage journey around the world.

15,16,17&18.11.15

As I came out of the place where I formatted my micro sd card, I got to a Lawson store and it’s here that I tried to connect with internet but nothing was working in terms of my social media connections, so I had to slowly find out how could I get back my connectivity to the web as it’s very important to me to keep in touch with everyone out there. I moved away from one store to another called 7eleven and I managed to get back connection to some of my social media, so it’s through Facebook that I wanted to show and share some of my difficulties to the people who were interested in what I was doing, asking for any contact to see if they could help me, then as the night was coming to an end and the store was closing the area that I was sheltering and sitting, I was recommended through a Facebook friend a couple of places but both of them were far from me to walk, so as I walked out of the store and I was looking for a place to rest I found a carpark and I sat in there till next day, and at about 5am I slowly walked back to 7eleven store and I stayed there till about midday and I made sure the rain has stopped, and then I made my way towards the harbour and port of Yokohama. On my way I visited a NYK maritime museum which they had NYK Hikawa Maru Ship as well in the port, but as they’re charging to go inside I decided not to stop and head on further towards the port.

So on my way as it’s Sunday, and a lot of people were out I sat down just before I get to the harbour and tried to talk to people and I managed to speak to some people and one of them very kindly donated a bit of funds towards my peace pilgrimage journey around the world, and even a bit later on I came across a wonderful man from London who very kindly contributed a bit of funds too, and then he was sending out a message to say he has met me and really through Facebook he tried his best to help and even he offered me lunch with his family and sleeping material for outdoor sleeping later days, as he heard through Facebook that I had difficulty being outside.

Later that night I stayed around the harbour till next day near to a “Happy Lawson” store, and as it’s raining all night I couldn’t find anywhere dry so I couldn’t sleep.

Today I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep and then get in touch with a few wonderful people around the harbour, who gave me some tips and advice on how and what to do in Yokohama if I’m going to stay for a bit longer that I would have anticipated, then in the afternoon I went out for lunch with the wonderful English man from London and met his wonderful family in Yokohama Chinatown, and I have to say I had wonderful food there, then after saying thanks and goodbye to them I came back to the harbour in the Yamashita park and I stayed there for the rest of the day and I got in touch with a few more wonderful people who helped me with food and drink, and then I stayed in the vicinity of the store till next day as it’s raining again. Also today I was offered after asking the English man about washing my clothes which he very kindly took them and brought them back next day.

Today I headed out of the park and I tried to explore some other part of the city like Matomachi shopping mall and some other part of the Chinatown then another part of the Yokohama port and without any connection I headed back to my favourite place of Yamashita park by Happy Lawson, and it’s here that I met some more wonderful people and then for the night I went with a Japanese man to sleep under a bridge near to the harbour as it was going to rain during the night, so also I was safe till next day early morning but my new Japanese friend had to move as rain has flooded his side during the night, but he was okay next day.

Today Wednesday 18.11.15 was one of my luckiest day in history of my Japan stay, as in the morning coming back from under the bridge with the Japanese man to the park area and after using the bathroom and then sitting in my usual spot outside the Happy Lawson a wonderful Buddhist woman came along and as we talked and I showed her my Japanese message she took me inside the Happy Lawson and got me some food and drink then donated some funds for my later food and drink, and as we’re eating and talking outside with some other wonderful people, she very kindly donated the biggest donation so far towards my stay in a hotel to rest and take shower, and she very kindly gave me few other little things before we say goodbye, and it’s today that the wonderful English man brought my clothes back and also another Japanese kind man with his phone got me connected to one of his very open minded Japanese friends and asked him if he could offer me some shelter, and he very kindly was happy to help and after offering us some food and drink we headed back towards his place, and on our way they very kindly tried to get me a Japanese SIM card for my telephone but with no hope as they’re all asking for credit cards and bank details address and many more requirements to get one, so we finally decided to give up on the idea of getting a SIM, and also at the same building we enquired about some teaching in English in a couple of language centres which they asked as to get in touch via phone or email for the purpose of teaching, then we headed back to my new open minded Japanese peace brother home and on our way we visited a place where he had an appointment with a dentist then took me to a geto place (a very poor area of the city), so I could take a shower, and then he drove me back to his house.

After getting back he very kindly helped me to wash the remainder of my clothes and then he cooked some wonderful Japanese food then after eating and talking more, also he put one of those old VIC type of an English film about Africa for me as well, then after washing up and saying goodnight to one another, I managed to do this little update for the past few days, so I have to say here thank you very much for my wonderful universe connections that as I have asked for help it’s provided for me, and all those kind people who were the real people whom helped me to get all these help within last few days to get to this situation, so goodnight to you all and I hope the universe will bring us more positive and good vibes from the most restricted nation on the planet throughout my peace pilgrimage journey so far.

19-23.11.15

So for the past few days, as I had a place to rest and no longer I was sleeping rough and outside with the kindness of Mr. Yuki who has provided me with shelter since 18.11.15, I could move about more quickly and I have tried to find more contact details for my Pacific Ocean connections as part of my search and hunt for a link, so first we visited the Seamen’s club (United Seamen’s Services http://www.mtsyokohama.org), and we met up with a man who was running it and after showing him my sailing profile he recommended few other places, as he himself couldn’t help much, connections like Kawasaki-Line Japan (www.kline.co.jp), NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki, http://www.nyk.com), and few others.

This few days over here was weekend and public holidays so my hunt to connect with them has been postponed to the coming week, also during the weekend I got in touch with some wonderful people who I knew already by now, and I asked them if they let me know if I could help in any positive way to the planet and humanity in return to get some funds to support my further stay to carry on my peace pilgrimage mission around the world.

24-29.11.15

I did my best to get in touch with as many people as possible to find out whether there’s a slightest possibility for me getting on board of a ship here in Japan as my final effort to find my way across Pacific Ocean from here. Despite getting in touch with many more people, I was told in order for me to do crossing I have to get out out of Japan as soon as possible, by the kind Japanese man offered me food and shelter for more than a week, and also many more old advice of how I should carry on and do my peace pilgrimage journey around the world by getting out Japan the way he advised me.

So on the morning of 27.11.15 as it’s a sunny and a bit windy day after a few days of rain, I said thanks and goodbye to Mr. Yuki, and made my way to meet up with some other people to see what would be their advice before I make my exit way from the port city of Yokohama in Japan. After getting back to the city park and harbour area, I met up with those people who very kindly introduced me to him and I told them ‘this is the advice of Mr. Yuki for how to cross Pacific’ and they told me ‘his information is almost half a century old and you’ll have more difficulty if you follow his advice’, so I decided to stay around the area and think of a better way of my exit from here then start again my search for my final departure from Japan.

I was given food by a wonderful couple which found me shelter with Mr. Yuki for more than a week, but as they didn’t have shelter themselves they’re trying their best again to help me out, and also I spoke to a few more people at the harbour about my peace mission, and just waited for my next move, so today I stayed around the harbour and I slept outside with another Japanese man in the Yamashita park, as it’s a bit chilly but at least wasn’t raining.

Next day I stayed around the park to speak to some more people in a hope of a connection, but that wish never materialised, also I met up with the English family as it’s their resting day from school for his kids so Happy Lawson had a play area for the kids, so I joined them for a bit and later on as said goodbye to them a wonderful woman who with her partner introduced me to the Japanese man brought me some more food and after appreciating her kindness I said goodbye to her as well, and I stayed around for a bit longer before I go to another 24h Lawson store and I stayed there overnight and after I stayed awake there all night about 2am as they’re cleaning the cafe area I moved to the third Lawson. After staying there outside till about 5am I came across a kind woman who was feeding some cats, she offered me a pair of gloves and a hat and scarf, as she saw it’s cold outside and I wasn’t having sufficient winter dress, then after thanking her I made my way to the shower place in a so-called poor area of the city, then made my way back to the Yamashita park by the harbour and as it’s a sunny day also a bit windy and chilly but as sun was shining it’s great to sit outside and take some vitamin D. As I haven’t had any sleep, so I got some rest there during the day, despite the park was busy with tourists and locals, and also there’s different street performers like we have back in Trafalgar Square, but I haven’t managed to connect with many people apart from a very few.

Then in the evening I repeated the same routine but this time after midnight I made my way towards Tokyo, as I haven’t had any feeling to stay around the place anymore.

After a long walk and a train connection I arrived at Tokyo main train station for the third time during my stay here in Japan, and as I came out of the station I was waiting on my exit way from Japan in a very unusual way, which I never use unless it’s really urgent and necessary, as I had a very low morale. I came across a Christian peace sister offering me back to their place , and in there I was introduced to a few more people and I went through a cleansing procedure, which they felt will hopefully help me more throughout my peace journey, and I was happy to do the so-called the cleansing, so after some prayers and refreshments, then as I said thanks and goodbye to the place the peace sister invited me for a fine Japanese meal and after thanking her and showing me a direction supposed to be towards my final destination before I say goodbye to Japan for the last time, but later on I found out after about 6km going towards different direction, I had to make my way back to the right place with help of some more kind people who I came across.

So all I have to say here is that I made an emergency decision to get out of Japan and am on my way to a very peaceful place, than after some rest, I’ll think and try my best to find out a way to tackle the Pacific Ocean crossing.

Your humbled Earthian peace brother from Russia, Moscow with much love and peace.

Posted in Around the World, Peace Mission

3 different cultures: China, Korea and Japan

CHINA

FRIDAY 11.9.15 at 2:45pm I left my resting place after finalising my last writing, then I was offered some food from my very kind host and after taking a shower, I was offered a lift to a few places in the city before I say goodbye to the city of Bishkek, where I found my other half there, after a long time. We visited Ataturk Park to say thanks to people who were kind to me during my stay there and to give something out for the last time, then BLC, also my host wanted to visit a hospital before finally I went to the agency which helped me with my Chinese connection, then my wonderful host dropped me close to a place for me to make my way towards Naryn my first destination towards China.

After saying thanks and goodbye to my final staying place in Bishkek host, I headed towards my first destination after a long stay in the capital, but after speaking and asking some people on the way I couldn’t find my way out of the capital and as it’s getting dark I had to make my way back to the main coach terminal to Naryn. After getting there I enquired about my connection and with my donation box I got a ticket for 10pm, but then I was asked to pay extra funds towards my rucksack and I refused and after some negotiations some locals kindly helped to sort that out – as I told them, this is the first time in the history of my pilgrimage I have been asked to pay for my luggage extra funds, and I said I have heard about paying for overweight luggage, but not for any luggage at all as we have an allowance, so I refused and they accepted my wish.

Then after two short stops and two long, and passing through Kant, Tokmok, Kemin, Balykchy, Kochker, Sarybulk, Kara-Unkur, Kazan-Kulgan Ottuk, we finally arrived somewhere I was told it’s Naryn, but I felt I was dumped out in the middle of nowhere, rather than a place called Naryn, which I had a different imagination about it. At about 6am it was still dark, and all I could see was a cemetery, so it’s more like a dead town than a live one, but anyway it was in a mountain and higher then the capital from sea level. I slowly managed to adapt to the place and soon I found a petrol station which I thought it’s closed but it’s open at about 7am so I got some food and drink with my donation box, and immediately a car came and after asking them (a man and a boy) I was offered a lift all the way to a junction 6km outside another little town called Atbashi.

I stayed near to the junction for about 3h, and I spoke to a few local people about my peace pilgrimage journey before I got my next lift all the way to Torogart by a wonderful truck driver from Naryn, he let a local woman to get off his lorry at the junction then he very kindly offered me a lift. On our way we talked about ourselves and I got some drink and he got some halva (a high energy sweet), and we shared our food and drink, then he drove through some flat and desert-like an area before we got to an army checkpoint and I was asked some questions, and after some enquiries finally we’re allowed to carry on towards the so-called main border, then as we arrived at about 11am the truck driver told me the customs place is closed for the weekend, and he wanted to go back to Naryn. After thanking him and saying goodbye I got in touch with the customs people and I was told I have to wait till Monday before I make my way towards China.

So the customs people put me through to someone who could speak English and I was told to go back to a hotel in Naryn till Monday, and I told them I was helped by kind people to get here and I can’t go back, so I’d like to stay around here, then they kindly connected me with a family who had a motel near there (between Atbashi and Torogart), and after some walk and asking I was welcomed and offered food and drink and a warm place. I have to say just before I entered this nice and warm place I felt the real winter blizzard, so I was happy that I got that place and initially I thought it’s for free, but after staying there for two nights, before I went I was told to pay some funds which I wasn’t happy about, but I had to pay about half of what they’re asking from my donation box before they let me go. Something I have to mention about food in the central Asian family was that they’re leaving butter, jam, fruit and food on the table for days which I’d have loved to eat the stuff, but because it’s been outside for days, and flies were all over them, so I didn’t have appetite to eat any of those products despite I’d have loved to if they were properly stored in a cool and dry place, but as I was their guest I couldn’t say how to store your food in a healthy way, but I promised to mention it so others who have the opportunity to mention it could do so if they wish.

Also as I wanted to write about my journey I realised I have left my little tablet back in the capital, and with help of my other half, I managed to get it back with some minor broken and missing stuff, but still I could use it to write up in my spare time for my blog, which it’s saved me a lot of papers throughout my peace journey.

Then on Monday 13.9.15 as I headed out from my motel place after sorting out the funds for the duration I was staying there with the help of some people over there, now the so-called border police wasn’t letting me go towards China as they’re telling me the Chinese won’t allow me in if I don’t have someone waiting for me on the other side. It took me quite a while with other kind people’s help before I was allowed to try my best to convince Chinese this time round to let me in to carry on with my peace mission further East.

So after 3 days and 2 nights of waiting and some challenging talk, I went through an easy security checks from the Kyrgyz side and with their kind help and another truck driver I finally arrived at the Chinese side where they asked me to get off and sort out my connection to Kashgar through an agency, which I didn’t have one.

So as I was trying to find out about my connectivity to Kashgar I had a terrible fall on my back and right hand elbow, which hurts to this day as the floor was harder than concrete (the mosaic at the base of a monument just by so-called Chinese border), and I have to say this was the worst accident I ever had throughout my peace pilgrimage journey, as the so-called border was in a mountain and it’s covered with early autumn snow and I slipped very badly with all my gear on as the so-called Chinese border police were asking me not to come closer and go to the direction where I had the fall. As I said, still to this day, as I remember that fall, all my body hurts. The Chinese guards and some other people there lifted me up and I was in pain and agony for hours and the guards afterwards brought me some Chinese food, drink and fruit, and other passengers there heard about my story, and now I had to convince someone to get me to Kashgar, and luckily someone with the help of Chinese guards turned up who wanted to help me, but only it’s possible with all my remaining funds which took me months to collect from Bishkek to just get me to Kashgar. I knew for me to get in I had to give up what I had, and I wasn’t worrying about what will happen after Kashgar, asI had a feeling it’s a matter of making or breaking of my peace journey, so they agreed to take me after some waiting and negotiation with their agency back in Kashgar.

So after some driving then some more waiting and then going through a Chinese security checkpoint again we said goodbye to the so-called second Chinese border control point, and we started out through buffer zone which was about 2h of driving through a harsh valley and desert-like winds and sandstorm, then we went through our third police checkpoint this time close to a settlement. Then after some more driving finally we got to a so-called official Chinese border control, which after going through some official paper filling and another security checks I was welcomed to China.

Then some more driving and then stopping in a little town before Kashgar for our late afternoon meal, which the people who I was with kindly offered me a nice local meal, which I thanked them and told them I would like to make my way further towards East, so they kindly translated my short message and at the junction to Kashgar and Torpan I said goodbye to them and stated to talk to people how I could get to Torpan!? People very kindly wanted to help me, even a motorcyclist gave me a first free 1km lift to a toll charge area in a hope they could help me, and after some time talking to them through a Google translator they did kindly help me at the last minute, through a wonderful family – a woman and her son – so I was with them for about 7h going through two more toll charges, and 2 CTN (petrol stations) where they had to fill up their car gas tank with gas twice for the duration I was with them. After arriving in Aksu at about 4am and going to some places to stay and a police station, finally I thanked them very much for all their kindness, and told them goodbye after they dropped me off in Aksu train station about 5am, then after going through an airport style security check with a little remaining fund from the Chinese agency I managed to secure a train ticket for 6pm to Torpan, so I stayed around the station for some time before I say goodbye to Aksu.

I observed people rush and different children’s interactions with one another and it’s all new experience to me here in so-called China People’s Republic.

16.9.15

I arrived at the Torpan train station at about 6am Beijing time, and from there I managed to secure my connection to Kumul, so I arrived at the station at about 3pm and as I’d run out of my funds I headed to the road and it’s here that I came across someone very kind who couldn’t believe what I was doing, so he very kindly offered me some wonderful vegetarian Chinese food, a train ticket with a bed to my next destination and some funds into my donation box, also some Chinese writing to help me with my cause. After thanking him and saying goodbye I met some more people who offered me some food and funds, then slowly I made my way further East. I was connecting day and night moving from one place to another, which was incredibly tiring, but I had no choice but carry on and keep connecting with more people to carry on with what I was out there to advocate.

I arrived next day at about 7am in Guazhou, then after a local bus journey to the main coach station I got a bus connection to my next destination Wuwei. Throughout my journey I came across a lot of solar farms and high building apartments the like of which I have never seen before, and these were just small cities – so imagine how Beijing and Shanghai would be looking like!?

The bus connection got me to Wuwei after about 3h drive, then after another local bus connection to the main train station, and then waiting there for a bit, I got in touch with a wonderful young woman who very kindly helped me with my next destination train ticket to the capital of Gansu province “Lanzhou”, and she told me “it’s okay, here in China we say travelling without money it’ll happen sometime” and I thanked her for her kind contribution and she asked for a selfi photo, which I was happy to do, and left my internet contact details with her as well. I left Wuwei at about 7:30pm and arrived at the capital of Gansu at about 11pm, and it’s here that police wanted to know why I’m waiting in the station and I had to tell them about my shortage of funds to get to my final destination in the far east of China, so they allowed me to stay at the waiting room till next day.

Next day I found my way to a coach station and I tried to go stage by stage to my final destination and as my fund wasn’t enough to next city I asked the ticket issuer if she could get me in touch with the manager which she did very kindly and he came around and helped me to get a ticket to the next town, which after 2h of driving we arrived at 9am and after making enquiries about my next destination everyone was telling me I have to get back to the capital to get to my final destination, and by now I had no funds at all, so I spoke to the management of the coach station and I was offered a ticket back to the capital but before this, as I came out of the city’s coach station I came across a mobile store so I went in to enquire about a SIM card which I found last night, and a wonderful woman very kindly tried her best to help but it didn’t work, and as I showed her my Chinese message she very kindly got me some food and drink, before I made my way back to the capital at about midday, so I thanked her very much before I said goodbye to the city of Baiyin.

So I arrived back into the capital again at about 2pm, and at the coach station I started to talk to people and explain about my situation and I came across some wonderful people who helped me with some food, drink, and funds towards my peace pilgrimage around the world. As the coach station was about to close about 9pm someone initially offered me a shelter for the night, but later on as others asked her ‘what are you going to do about police?’, she decided to cancel the offer, so I decided to head back to the train station, as I knew I had enough funds in my donation box to get me to my final destination in China. Just before 10pm I managed to secure a standing ticket to my last destination at 23:42, and as I got into the train a kind woman ticket inspector offered me a little seat by their office, and I should thank her as I would have had to stand for almost two days with all my baggages, and after talking to some other wonderful people in the train they kindly offered me food and drink. Next day we arrived in Xian (population about 38million), and after there we got to a place with a lot of pomegranate orchards, and I have to say this was the busiest train I have ever seen. Over all people of the Republic were very nice, apart from few individuals which came across negative but I have come across those sorts of individuals everywhere, so I was quite happy about my experiences in China, especially in my last few days of my stay which proved to be the best experience I ever had across this large nation. On board of the train they had a newspaper was called People’s Railway Daily (www.peoplerail.com), which apart from this title I couldn’t find a single English word in the whole newspaper, which was very strange as I asked to see and read it, but I couldn’t. As we’re moving towards my final destination the weather was similar to England and a lot of greenhouses across the region in an industrial scale, I assume to cope with the population needs for food so they had to have it in that scale, and a lot of power station for the electricity demand as well, another thing that I noticed was that from far in the west in Kashgar region all the way to Qingdao – corn was in season!?

So after passing few different provinces and being on board of the train K1028 from 2342h on 18.9.15 we arrived in our final destination in Qingdao on 20.9.15 at 0810h.

So as I arrive at the Qingdao train station at about 8am on 20th of September 2015 my hunt for a place to rest and then my connection to south Korea has just started.

As I came out of the station I found a place to sit in front of a hotel, and I waited to see if I could establish a communication line with anyone who’s passing by, so I could talk about my peace pilgrimage journey, and hopefully I could get some help if my message was going to resonate with them.

After about half an hour waiting the universe has just connected me to a wonderful woman who my peace pilgrimage message was resonating with her, and after some talk with her then she relayed my message back to her partner and they very kindly invited me back to their resting place then very kindly provided me with some special Chinese tea and a most needed shower, then some food and fruit before I tried to rest a bit on a sofa bed after the long train journey.

In the afternoon they invited me for a lunch but I didn’t have trousers with me, the only pair that I had was washed and wet, because I have already given my second pair to a man who I promised him back in Bishkek, so I told them you go ahead and go for your lunch and I’ll rest as I didn’t have much sleep for the last two days on the train.

So in the afternoon after resting for a bit and thinking about what to do next the wonderful couple offered me a bed in a hostel very close by their own resting place, and in the evening they took me for a walk and a drive around the famous German built city and later to a restaurant in a big shopping mall, I have to say the food was excellent and I did practice my using chopsticks which I have learnt it back in a Korean restaurant in Bishkek, and after thanking them for all their kindness and warm hospitality I said goodnight to them and thanked the universe for connecting me to one of my best connectivities so far throughout this episode of my peace pilgrimage journey.

21.9.2015

I woke up at my new resting place in the Quinoa Zhuhaixiaozhan youth hostel, and after eating something and talking to a few people and updating my circumstances with limited Web connectivity, then in the afternoon the wonderful couple came back and they took me to the port and booked me a connection to a south Korean city on the other side of the yellow sea, and again invited me for traditional Chinese noodles in a local area close to where I was staying. On our way back to the hostel they got some fruit for our dessert and we were back to the hostel and after some more talk and taking some photos by one of the couple who his hobby and profession is photographer, and he liked the hostel layout so that he wanted to take some photos, then we said goodbye to one another as they had to go. Later in the afternoon I took a shower, and rested a bit as last night the mosquitoes and the road noise didn’t allow me to rest at all, and in the evening the wonderful couple came back with more surprises and this time they brought a hand bag as mine from Bishkek was torn and they have seen that I was sewing it, so they have brought one of their spare ones and a water bottle in replacement for my one that went missing in front of the Iceland parliament in Reykvik last year, then after some more talk we said goodbye and good night to one another and they went back to their resting place and I said goodnight to the fellow Chinese in the room that I was staying in and to the universe around me, and I put my head down for the second night.

22.9.15

I woke up at about 6am and after some updates, I was brought some rice and eggs by one of the wonderful couple and a toothpaste as I’d mentioned I finished the one that was given to me last year at the Canadian jail back in Newfoundland.

Then I washed some clothes and prepared myself for a walk around the city. In the afternoon I headed out of my resting place for a long 5h walk around the city and throughout my walk I came across some more wonderful people who offered me some food and drink, then I walked to the famous pier in the city before I made my way back to my resting place at about 7pm.

When I got back and rested a bit my wonderful hosts brought me some milk and they offered me to go out for a dinner but I said to her I am not very hungry, so I thanked them and asked them to go back and rest and we’ll have our food tomorrow as my last meal with them before I say goodbye to them towards south Korea, and she said okay so we said goodnight to one another and after chatting with some people through the limited internet connectivity over there, I said goodnight to everyone and the universe around me.

SOUTH KOREA

23&24.9.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and after eating some food I did some writing for my blog, then I prepared myself before noon, as I knew that the wonderful couple will turn up after 12pm then we’ll go out to eat some food before they kindly take me to the ferry Port. So at about 12:30pm they very kindly turned up and invited me to another seafood and fish meal, which I enjoyed it and I thanked them from the bottom of my heart for all their kindness, and later on they got me some fruits as well, which next day I shared them at breakfast time with some new people, who I came to know on board of the ferry from China to south Korea. The wonderful couple after the meal and fruits took me to the port and in there I was given an upgraded ticket from economy to business, so I could be with less people in one cabin – it should be 5 people in one room but later on I found out it’s just two of us, the other a cyclist doing a round the world from Germany, and in the economy I was told it’s 50 people in one big dormitory, so I thanked them again and because they had to go back to work, I have to say goodbye to them with a great heart to heart hug and taking a memorable photo together.

After they left we waited for over an hour before finally the gates were opened, and everyone but especially the Chinese were rushing towards the gates, but five of us waited patiently for the rush to go through then we headed to the gateways as well. Later on the ship I tried to talk to those four people, 2 Australian women and two German men, and later on when I approached them I told them all about my peace pilgrimage and I made new connections and friendship with them all and the young German cyclist was in the same room as me and he was doing cycling around the world for about 1 year, and we exchanged our contact details and later on we tried to link up in Japan which didn’t happen. The others were in the economy compartments and we exchanged our details as well. The German partner of one of the Australian woman has been travelling from Australia through south east Asia then India, China, and Korea for the last year, and they’re planning to go back to Australia from Japan, and their Australian woman friend who has joined them for the last month was hoping to go back to Australia from Korea. So after we said goodbye to the port of Qingdao at about 4pm and having something to eat, I was so tired that I couldn’t even say goodnight to my room mate, I had fallen asleep.

Next day we all met and had some wonderful food and drink together, before our departure to the Korean port of Inchoen at about 12pm, then after going through the security checks and coming out of the arrival area, we all got busy with some internet activities as we didn’t have our social media across China for a while, like (Facebook, twitter, and google) then as we walked out of the port and they’re aiming towards the south Korean capital, Seol, I found a place to rest a bit and think about what to do next, so I said thanks and goodbye to everyone and I stayed there for sometime before I start my walk to the city of Inchoen, and started getting in touch with some local people to find out what’s their perception, and I found out I had a lot of difficulty to explain my message and as I didn’t have my Korean translated message, people were having difficulty to understand English, so with a little fund that I had from China with the help of the train station staff we exchanged it to Korean one and I made my way to the capital as well.

So as I arrived in the capital the first thing hit me was the number of alcoholic and destitute people outside the station and I couldn’t believe my eyes, as I thought I’m back in Victoria or Charing Cross stations, but increasing the number to a few times more. After I waited there for a bit to adapt myself to the environment and how to deal with it, I came across an activist group who were talking to public, showing videos, and handing out pamphlets to people about the current crises in south Korea which American and Japanese were trying to install a missile defence system opposite to China with the help of their current government, and they’re not happy about it, and I supported their cause and I said I’ll mention it on my blog for those who are following current affairs across the world (www.peaceone.org). One of the members could speak English and he very kindly offered me some funds and drink and a name of a cheap place for me to stay overnight, then as I thanked them at the end of their campaign, I came across a street church congregation, which most of those destitute people were there, and I joined them and I was asked to tell a bit about myself and I told them and gave them some hope as well, then at the end of their singing and clapping I was offered a shelter by the organisers for the night, which I accepted and thanked them for the offer.

So after finishing on the street and packing we walked back to their place which in there they very kindly offered me some food and drink as well, and after thanking the universe and everyone else around me I put my head down somewhere safer than outside for another night on my peace journey.

25 through 28.9.15

Today I woke up at about 7am with the sound of the church congregation singing and praying from the basement place, which I joined them and then after having some warmed up food from last night, I said thanks for their hospitality and goodbye to the organisers and everyone else present at the place, so I made my way back to the main Seol train station, as I was trying to make my way towards south east of south Korean and initially I went to the wrong direction of Boson and not Busan, but finally I made my way back to the main station, and with the help of a young boy from south of the region who himself was going back there, we managed to secure a train ticket with the remaining funds that I had to the south east port of Busan in South Korea.

I stayed at the main Seol train station till about 10:50 pm but with no connection, then I took my train southbound and on the train also I couldn’t make any connections, and arrived at my final destination about 04:20, so in there I waited till early morning and I got in touch with some people from outside the station who were giving out food, I got some and I waited to find my way to connect with Japan.

I wanted to say here that across whole wide China I just saw one beggar, but least to say in front of every mosque in central Asia especially in Bishkek the number was ten times higher than the whole China, and in South Korea each city equalled to the whole China, and especially mental ill health, drug and alcoholic numbers were very high across Seol and Busan, the two main cities of South Korea. I was hoping for the thing to be different across Japan, which it was true the issues were totally different from one another.

So after arriving in the Busan train station and staying around there for about 7h I had just managed to speak to one person and that’s because I found a wallet and as I took it back to the main information desk at the station I got in touch with only one person which I thought the wallet might belong to him, so I spoke to him, and I explained to him about my funding and finally after some time he understood what I was telling him and donated some funds towards my peace journey. I finally found my way to the international ferry terminal and asked few of the ferry companies and talked to them about what I was doing and asked if they could help, but all were refusing to do anything and referring me to the next one. Initially I thought I was back in developed nations but this nation were all following orders and very much robotic and very busy producing cheap stuff for the rest of us and to me they didn’t understand my message at all, and after asking someone who very kindly translated my message at the train station, so I managed after almost 3 days to collect enough funds to secure the ticket, and specifically here I want to thank a manager of a food store “TK Food INC” Mr Nakyeom Lee ( http://www.bsodaeng.co.kr or http://www.monstermama.co.kr ) at the station, who was very kind and through his son who was studying in New York, and a daughter in Canada, I think he could speak to them and they could explain my message clearly through my weblog, so he has considered my cause to be worthy of support or for any other reason, so please say thanks and hello to him if by any chance you’d pass by and send my highest love and greeting to him again.

I have to say here that those enterprise companies who I got in touch with, I believe that they had reported me to the port police and the day which I went back to the port to get my ticket I was approached by two men in civilian clothes and I was told they’re from foreign metropolitan police who wanted to know who was I? and I was questioned by them then asked to go to their main office, and I was asked more questions and motivation behind why I was doing this peace journey alone? and who was supporting me? and I was asked about my thinking about a group so called IS (Islamic State) and they wanted to find out whether I was their operative person, and for a moment I thought the saga of St. Peterborough and Russian was going to repeat again, but with the kindness of one of the officers, who later on told me because of what I was doing, and I’m not who they thought I was, he out of his kindness offered me some lunch in their local restaurant, and he was really kind which I thanked him for all his kindness and hospitality. I believe as the universe knew how much truly I wanted so dearly to connect with my final land destination before my Pacific connection (Japan), so after about couples of hours, they told me everything was okay, and I can go now, then in the afternoon I managed to enquire about my Japan connection through the sea and next day in the afternoon I managed to secure my ferry ticket.

Securing the ticket came after long hours of talking to people at the main entrance to the Busan train station, China town, city centre, and the kind man at the local food store at the main train station, so after three nights in a row from about midnight to 4am I was staying at the station and just resting there and not sleeping, also I have to say kind Mr. Lee tried his best to get me a shelter but it never happened, and he donated the night shelter to me which went towards my ticket as the place we went with a cheap option of staying was all full, so I went back to the station and every night I have to tell the security people (railway police) why I was staying there, and every night I had to have a different reason!?

I was lucky to be at that station at it’s busiest period of time, as it’s their national holiday for the week that I was in South Korea, so I managed to get in touch with maximum number of kind people despite their busy lifestyle, otherwise it might have taken even longer before I could secure my Japan sea connection.

My final day in Korea 29.09.15

After 04:30 I had something to eat then I stayed at the train station at a meeting point place till about midday but with no connection at all, so I headed out for the final time towards the international port of Busan. Before I go in I found a place to put my head down as at the station I couldn’t sleep, so I managed to find a place, and rested for a bit as I didn’t want to go to the port tired.

Here I’d like to say that throughout my peace journey I have came across many so-called tourist people from Europe, and especially America, who I have noticed as soon as they have seen my message they didn’t want even to make eye contact, and some they’re showing on their face that they didn’t want even to see me, and today I came across a couple who I have seen them in the city or they have seen me somewhere and despite I said hello to them, they’re looking at me like if they could they personally would remove me from the place so they couldn’t see me with my sign. I had a feeling they’re thinking I’m disrupting their tourism, and even worse I could feel they’re thinking if they say hello to me I’ll straight away ask them for money. I have to say again I have come across many wonderful people who despite their limited budget they have shared their kindness and everything else they could do to support what I was doing. It’s just a thought I had to mention, as many who has given a lift to me, throughout their lifetime they have been in my position. In a way I don’t blame those they think money is everything and they will never run out of it and be in my position, or people who their pride would not let them to even consider to think twice about what they have seen; to them it was immediately just – a beggar is around and must be ignored, or removed.

It’s today that after getting the ferry ticket from new Camellia company (with the kind sponsorship of people across the city of Busan and not the port), I sent out a message through the social media, as wifi was available, to see if anyone has got any Japanese connection to help me to cross Pacific Ocean to complete my round the world peace pilgrimage journey, and a few very kindly came forward to help out, but I knew it’s not going to be so easy.

At about 7pm we started boarding the ferry and on board I came across some young Koreans who were all working for Samsung in different branches of different cities and I had an opportunity to speak to one of them who was telling me about some of the Korean products and their origin of the products, then we said goodnight to one another an hour after our ferry started to move out of the city of Busan bound to Fukuoka (Hakata). Next day I woke up at about 5am and after having some biscuits and water I was looking forward to see more of Japan, then we arrived at the port of Hakata about 6am, but we have to wait till 8am before we go through very tight and high security with a lot of cameras then a few more questions from the so-called port police, before I was welcomed officially to the Japanese biggest port at the west, then after some internet update and sending out some messages and getting some Japanese funds through my remaining funds in my donation box to use in Japan in case of emergency if people were difficult to communicate with, as it was in Korea.

So I started walking towards the main train station in the city and from there to find out my connection to the city of Nagasaki by train, bus or other means if it’s required. So as I was familiarising myself with the new environment from 10am to 7pm, I managed to engage with a young man who very kindly offered me some traditional Japanese rice and tea in a MacDonald place as I was charging my phone there and for him to say that Japan isn’t all about fast Food!? but I already saw everything here was fast and people were looking even more busier than Korea to make our supplies of technology for the rest of us across the world. I stayed around this place till about midnight, but with only another connection which I was offered an address of a restaurant and café 24h, and I thanked them and asked them to get in touch with me in the future, and after eating some chips I made my way towards the place.

JAPAN

01.10.15

It’s about 0:30 hours that as I was walking from Hakata rail station towards a restaurant which was called “Joyfull” that I came across a wonderful young man who as I asked him about the place he very kindly came with me and walked all the way with me, also kindly offered me some delicious Japanese food and a contribution towards my connection to Nagasaki, then after some more talk he said to me he has to go and we said goodnight and goodbye to one another.

I stayed in the cafe and restaurant till about 7am before I make my way back to the Hakata station, and I went to the coach station and I got a ticket for 0945h to Nagasaki, it took us just over 2h to get there.

The city, which was devastated back in August 9th 1945, was looking very much modern and there’s a market with local food which I got some with the funds that I had in my donation box and a big screen with a loud speaker was advertising new stuff and it’s very loud but people were still sitting and they’re carrying on with their different activities.

I tried to charge my phone to take some photos, but I couldn’t find a place in the massive shopping centre, despite I was asking some people over there, but I wasn’t allowed, so I made my way towards the peace park with a tram or as they were calling it streetcar and after missing to get off first round I went all the way to the end of the line and as we came back the driver took his fare from my donation box.

After getting off, I made my way to the peace park and I saw a lot of students from different schools, which I spoke to a teacher and some students and I told them what I was doing and the teacher kindly took a photo of me and she said she’s going to email it to me, then we have heard an announcement through the loud speakers in Japanese and a bit later someone told me in English that they are expecting a hurricane and we should get shelter, then as I was looking for somewhere a man was after me and told me the park will be closed soon and I cannot camp here and I should go back to my hotel.

As I didn’t have a hotel I made my way towards a famous cathedral “Urakami” and in there as I visited inside I couldn’t walk around and people in there were telling me they don’t speak English and they can’t help me with shelter and there was a sign outside to say we don’t accept anyone, but as I knew a hurricane is coming, and it’s getting dark as well and I didn’t have anywhere to go, so I just managed to shelter outside a doorway of the cathedral and I survived a strong rain and wind, but I don’t know about calling it a hurricane.

02.10.15

I was woken up by cathedral people about 5am, and I had to move on and find my way through the city of Nagasaki bombing area, and after some walk I found myself in front of the atomic bombing museum and after waiting and charging my phone and talking to two wonderful elderly men who could speak a bit of English, and after telling them all about my peace journey, I was offered some water and a contribution towards my connection to Hiroshima, then I thanked them and I said goodbye to them as the museum got opened, and I went to the main entrance and after having an ice cream as my first meal of the day from my donation box, then I entered the museum, but I was told I have to pay 200yen and as I didn’t have my donation box with me I said it’s okay I don’t go inside the museum just to the peace memorial hall (www.peace-nagasaki.go.jp)(www.nagasakipeace.jp), then after spending some hours around the museum I slowly made my way towards the Hypocentre park, and then back to the peace park again (the fountain of peace and the peace statue), and it’s here that I met a wonderful couple from Italy, who were coming back from Australia after working there for almost 2years, to visit Japan before they make their way back to their home, and they very kindly offered me some food, drink and after a few hours of talk at the park and taking some photos as well, it’s here that someone who was looking after the peace park came to us with a piece of paper to say we can’t camp here, as I remember well he was the person from yesterday at the time of ‘we’re about to have a hurricane’ and as I was looking for a shelter he came to me and said no camping and told me I should go back to my hotel, so today he thought now I have organised to camp with the others, and we said to him not to worry we’re not going to camp here, and we’re just talking and we’ll go soon.

Then after leaving the peace park and getting some food and drink to eat, we made our way back towards the main Nagasaki train station, and the couple told me about a place that they have stayed last night (Manga Kissa), and they very kindly offered me to go back there so they contributed towards my night shelter, then as they’re going to visit some other places before they go back there, because I had to rest a bit more before I make my way towards the station, so after thanking them for everything and a heart to heart hug we said goodbye to one another at about 9pm.

So after saying goodbye to the wonderful Italian couple and resting a bit in front of a building then I made my way towards the station and on my way I came to a petrol station, where I wanted to find out a bit about somewhere to rest for the night and they said I can’t stay there and they just knew a hotel for me to go and after explaining that I’m a peace pilgrim and unless I have been offered a place I can’t afford to go to a hotel and explained about my peace journey towards Hiroshima and they kindly contributed a bit of fund towards my connection, which I thanked them and head on towards the main Nagasaki train station.

After getting to the station and waiting there for a while I managed to connect with a man from Tokyo and another one from Italy and I explained to them all about my peace journey and gave them my internet communication details, so the Italian as he was a business man on a business trip to Japan told me he’ll read about my peace mission and will get in touch and he said goodbye to us, as for the Japanese, he stayed for a bit longer and offered me some food and drink and we talked a bit more about my peace journey and Japan and places in Japan before we say goodbye to one another as well.

Then at the station I managed to communicate with some people through the internet, and as I was thinking what to do for my shelter, there’s a man who was reading my board and I approached him and after talking a bit more he very kindly offered me a shelter for the night.

So we walked back to his place and he introduced me to his friend and I found out that both of them were from Nepal, and they have been studying and working here in Nagasaki for about 2 years, then after they offered me some drink I said goodnight to them and thanked them and the universe for the wonderful connection for the night.

03.10.15

Today after waking up and taking a shower and washing my clothes with the kind help of the Nepalese brothers, they then kindly offered me some food before we head out for a walk around another part of the city, in a hope I could communicate with some people and raise some funds for my Hiroshima connection, so one of the wonderful Nepalese brothers took me to a busy festival market area and in there we said goodbye to one another and I stayed there for over an hour with no real connection, then I moved a bit outside the market on a bridge, and stayed here for a bit as well, but with no luck I had to move on about 1730 hours, and I made my way towards the Nagasaki Harbour, and in the harbour I found a place to write a bit for this update.

I hope everything will go well and I could still connect with some more wonderful people, before I could make my way towards my resting place where the kind Nepalese has offered me to stay for another night.

So as I made my way back towards the market place where I said goodbye to the Nepalese peace brother, then I waited there for another 2h again, but with no connection, and having nothing to eat since this morning I used the donation box to get some chips and as I was waiting for my peace brother to turn up, but he was busy at the place where he was helping out, so I made my way back to the resting place and waited there for about 30min before he turned up, then after saying hello, and getting into the place I was so tired that without eating anything, I said goodnight to both peace brothers, and I put my head down for another night in Nagasaki.

04.10.15

Today after waking up and having some bread and a cup of coffee, I headed out towards the main Nagasaki station this time with having my message in Japanese in case of if I come across someone who didn’t speak English so I could show it to them, but after getting to the station and trying to connect with people I found it very difficult to connect and apart from two connections, one with some Japanese from the coach station and second with a couple of Chinese women from Shanghai at the train station, which both resulted in them thanking me for what I was doing and good luck, then I didn’t manage to engage with anyone till about 10pm, then I headed back to my resting place for my third night which the wonderful and kind Nepalese offered as my final night.

At my welcoming place I was offered some food and some donation towards my journey back to Hakata, then hopefully Hiroshima, so after some singing and music by them as it’s going to be my final night with them, then we said goodnight to one another and the universe for providing good things to us.

05.10.15

After waking up and having a shower then some bread I said goodbye to my wonderful Nepalese host, and headed to the Nagasaki main bus station, and after getting an 1115h bus to Hakata, I arrived about 1330h, and after arriving there I got in touch with a few wonderful people including an Italian man who kindly donated some funds towards my Hiroshima connection and some food, and later in the evening a very kind Japanese man helped me with some food and drink, and later in the evening after finding out still my funds wasn’t enough to get me to Hiroshima, I was looking to find a place to rest, and I came across a Japanese woman who didn’t have anywhere as well, so we went outside together as the shopping centre and the stations were about to close, and we managed to survive with an emergency blanket on her, and later on myself till next day, so really we didn’t sleep as we’re sitting on a bench and plenty of interruptions from different people.

06.10.15

As I didn’t sleep last night so we moved back to the shopping centre area to use the bathroom facilities and then we chatted and talked a bit more, before we say goodbye to one another.

Then after some updates I headed out to the front of the main Hakata train station which was a busy place to talk to people, after staying around there for about 2h I spoke to 2 people an elderly man and a woman who very kindly stopped and I spoke to them and they contributed a bit towards my Hiroshima connection, I spoke to 2 more people but they said they will contact me in the future.

Then just before midday I got a bus ticket to Hiroshima for afternoon at 3pm as they didn’t have anything else, and I spent the remaining fund on some food and drink as I didn’t have much food since last night.

Then in the afternoon at 3pm I headed out from the coach station to Hiroshima, and on my way I noticed that here in Nippon I have seen the maximum number of road tunnels and bridges across this small island then anywhere else I have ever visited since the start of my peace journey, also smoking and using mobile phones are prohibited on board, as well as compulsory seat belt, and I have to say it’s one of the most advanced nations I have come across throughout my peace pilgrimage journey around the world, even across Europe and America I haven’t seen this much advancement, from their simple advanced toilet that assist you with washing to their car, robot and rail technology. I hope the rest of the world will use this available technology for our beneficial way of looking after the planet and humanity, and not for the profit of a few individuals.

So I arrived at the Hiroshima coach station, at about 1930h, and after looking around the area, and trying to find out my way around I asked a young girl assuming that she might speak English which she did a bit and then her brother joined us later so I managed through them to enquire about my vision after Hartshima from the information desk then anything peace related on the map of Hartshima, then I said thanks and goodbye to them and I stayed around the station till close to midnight then I walked towards the peace park, on my way I asked an internet cafe a place which someone could rest for the night, and I wanted to see if I could stay there for a few hours, but I was told I have to pay, so I thanked them and carried on towards the peace park and I stayed around there till next day.

07.10.15

As I didn’t sleep much of last night so during the morning I got some sun bed on a bench in the park then walked outside the atomic museum, and around the peace park and took some photos outside, then I headed to the museum and I asked if I could get in which with a little fund and their help I went into the museum, after leaving my stuff by the museum staff, after saying I don’t have any fund to pay for the lockers. What I saw inside the museum made me stronger on my advocacy about world peace and a call for abolishing of all nuclear weapons on the face of the planet, and I hope humanity will never suffer or go through what the Japanese did back on that morning of August 6th 1945. What I saw in the museum made me very sad and stronger on the other hand to carrying on what I’m doing even harder, then I came out and visited an exhibition area for the victims of the bombing and left messages of support for the mayor of Hiroshima for abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, as I did back in Nagasaki, then I headed towards the city centre again and on my way I stopped after crossing a bridge close to the hypocentre of the bomb by a restaurant which the front of it was full of fresh oranges which last night I had 4 of them as they’re outside left behind.

I couldn’t connect with anyone apart from a kind man from Canada, who was born in Oman, and he kindly contributed some funds towards my food and drink, which I used later in the city.

Then I walked towards the main Hartshima train station, and after getting there and exploring the area I met someone from Germany who was doing around the world journey as well, and helped a little fund towards my eating or drinking, then after talking to one another for about 1h as we’re watching baseball fans were going home, then close to 11pm we said goodnight and goodbye to each other, and I started walking towards my next destination – Kobe.

On my way I came across a restaurant, where I was given some rice and water, then after some chat I said thanks and goodbye to them, again on my way I came across a nice man in a food market, who helped me to get in touch with my first lift on the road in Japan for about a few miles towards Kobe, then after thanks and goodbye to a couple who kindly helped me with the lift, I carried on walking towards the outskirts of Hiroshima, for a few kilometres before I put my head down in a layby place by the main road till next day.

08.10.15

Today I woke up at about 7am and after packing everything I started walking towards the city of Kobe and after about a few kilometres walk I was offered a lift by a wonderful man from Hiroshima for about 10km outside the city to a car park and he very kindly offered me some food and drink as well, then I thanked him and said goodbye, so as I waited there not for a long time before I got my third connection of the day at about 11am with another kind man from Fukuoka all the way to the city of Kobe, which we arrived at about 3pm, he very kindly offered me some food, drink and sweets on our way as well.

After saying thanks and goodbye to him, at a carpark which he kindly dropped me off, I was told by the carpark attendance that I should do a hitchhike to connect with the city which was just a few metres walk, because there’s no walking route and it’s only for cars and trucks, but as I couldn’t get a lift so I walked quickly through the main road to get out of the car park to connect back to the city.

Now it’s here that I wanted to print out a copy of my sailing network profile so I went to a petrol station, but they couldn’t help, and I was told that city hall might be able to help me, and on my way there I came across a sports facilities area with a lot of young boys, and girls were playing and exercising different games and I wanted to connect with them to see if they might have a better solution, and after getting in touch with a few of them and telling them about myself and connecting with them through their social media, then I was offered an alternative would be an internet cafe, but I was told it might be a bit difficult to find, so after having a Tokyo sweet from them I said thanks and goodbye to them and headed towards the city hall building.

After arriving in the building I was directed to the 24th floor to see the view of the city, and I was told that I can stay till about 10pm, after getting there I got in touch with a very kind office employee, and he kindly helped me to print a page from internet after a bit of editing, then I used the wifi system on the floor to send out a quick message to say I’m safe and got to the city of Kobe.

I stayed there till about 10pm, then I made my way around the quiet city to find a quiet place to put my head down for the night, but before this I managed to write up a bit about my last few days then I found a place by the harbour then I said goodnight to an unequal world – as despite all these high skyscrapers and empty building were around me, I had to sleep outside as I didn’t have money to stay inside.

09.10.12

This morning I woke up at about 8am with the rush of city workers to the harbour area, then I made my way to see the city museum but I ended up to meet up with my first Japanese men one from Kobe and the second from Nagasaki, to come to me and ask what I was doing, and this was almost unheard of till today, and they kindly thanked me for what I was doing and offered me some food and funds as well, then from there I came across another museum (Kobe Pearl Museum http://www.japan-pearl.com/museum ), which as I entered the museum I came across a well known kind man (Yoshihiro Utsumi executive director) who very kindly offered me some coffee and refreshment, and tried his best to link me with some other wonderful people from the museum and the city hall, and he told me about the city’s story as Kobe was the birth place of Karaoke, Pearl and as I knew Marathon as well, then after some talk I said thanks and good bye to him making my way to the city hall to see if a woman who I was linked up with could help me with my connection back to the continent of America.

At the city hall I managed to see a woman from England who was at the PR department at the city hall, but she couldn’t help much and she said to me she’ll do some research then she might get back to me, and after thanking her I said goodbye and made my way back to my favourite floor of the city hall (24th floor), and it’s here I had a chance to do this update.

Then after having a conversation with the security of the building who brought my phone back to me and told me it’s a crime for me trying to charge my phone there, so I told them sorry I didn’t know this, and I moved out of the city hall building then I stopped in front of a big shopping centre (Sannomya) to connect with some people, & it’s here that I got a connection with my first journalist Fuuto Masahiro (www.kobe-np.co.jp) since I left Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, so he asked me a few questions and he told me he might write an article about my peace journey, then he took some photos, and very kindly donated some funds towards my cause, then after saying thanks and goodbye to him a guy named Martin from Poland came to me and asked me to vacate his place and he told me he’s advocating exactly what I do for the last 12 years here in Kobe, and I was so happy to hear that, but when I asked if I can get in touch with him, I was told there’s nothing for me to know about him and how he’s doing and what I am doing, so as I felt there’s something not right about what he’s telling me, I decided to move on, then as he told me a few other places for me to advocate what I do, and asking me for how long will I stay here in Kobe? and I told him I don’t know. Then after moving from there, later on as I was trying two of the places he told me, and again asked him about his contact details or a photo so I can mention him or what he’s doing, I was told no again, so I gave my one to him and I told him if he decided to change his mind he can get in touch with me, and I said goodbye to him in a search for a place to stay for the night.

So as I was looking for a second place to advocate what I was doing and a seaman place to stay for the night in another big shopping area (Motomachi), as I was sitting by a food and drink store (Lawson), where I could use internet and quickly check my messages, someone came to me and as we talked and I told him about what I was doing and showing my Japanese message, he very kindly offered me a shelter for the night and after getting back to his place he offered me some food drink and a shower as well.

So I have to say thanks to the people of Kobe and him, as since I left Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan this was the first night shelter in a home of the country people that was offered to me throughout China, South Korea, and here in Japan, so my dream of staying in the house or home of one of this culture came to reality before I say goodbye to these three totally different cultures.

10.10.15

I said goodbye and thanked my wonderful first host here in Kobe, and headed to a Motomachi shopping area.

I stayed for about few hours at the main entrance to the Motomachi 6 but with no connection to anyone, also there was a music week, so I listened to some music while I was there then I moved to the east exit of Motomachi train station as I had to meet up with a cyclist who was cycling around the world from England and he’s introduced to me through another rainbow peace brother from England.

After less than an hour waiting I met him and then we went to the floor 24th of the city hall to see the city from high once again for me and he did like the place then back to the ground floor and we found a place which he very kindly got some food and drink to sit down and share together then we headed back to the Sannomiya underground station, and it’s here that we said goodnight to one another, I have to say, I had a great time to meet up with someone who I didn’t have difficulty to speak to for such a long time.

After saying goodbye to him I stayed at the place which few days ago Martin from Poland told me it’s his place but as he wasn’t there so I stayed there till about midnight and I got a wonderful connection with someone very kind who offered me some food, drink and a donation, also he’s happy to translate my sailing appeal across Pacific and email it back to me in the near future then after thanking him, I got in touch with a street performer who kindly offered me some food and drink as well, then as none of them was able to offer me a shelter I put my head down in there by a porch of a shop with some cardboard and an emergency blanket till next day.

11.10.15

I woke up quite early and headed out towards the port, and on my way I met some locals who were performing exercises and dancing in a park which I asked them if I could take a photo of their performance as I liked their performance and they’re happy for me to do so, then I said goodbye to them and made my way towards the port which before the port I came across a farmers’ fair and as I asked them from which part of Japan were they coming and I was told from south west of Japan (Miyazaki and Kushima) by a ferry, so I stayed there for a bit and I handed out all my donation in my donation box as my body wanted to have what they’re offering, so after there I went into the port 3 (pier no.3), and I was told they don’t have any Pacific connection, and all they have is local connection, so I was told I should visit port 4 (pier 4), which is for international connections.

Then before I make my way there I met a lecturer at Kagawa university (www.morikawamitsuyo.com), who very kindly came forward to help me with some translation at the port and I was told about a music performance on the second floor, which her son was there and I went there to see and listen to some of it and it’s for the first anniversary of the port, then I asked her if she could help with my sailing profile translation into Japanese which she kindly said not a problem and as soon as she get some time she’ll do it and email it to me.

Then I said goodbye to the port 3 and headed to no. 4 and as I got there I got in touch with some people who kindly directed me to some other places, but as it’s Sunday and next day was a public holiday as well, so I had to wait till Tuesday, then after thanking them all, I made my way towards the port island. On my way I came across some other Japanese dancers this time with a drum under a main bridge to the island, so after staying there for a bit, then I carried on further into the island and in there I managed to get in touch with some more people from the island also from Kyoto, and as I told them about my story I was offered some food and drink, and I have to say here that if I was getting food everyday like today definitely I could put weight on rather than losing weight! After staying around a supermarket (Lawson), where I could use internet and connect with some people, then just before they closed I was asked am I going to stay around there? As police might come around, and I said no, and made my way further into the island in a hope of finding a place to put my head down for the night, which I came across one and I did so.

12.10.15

So as last night I couldn’t sleep very well because of the mosquito, and also I was woken up by a police officer at about 7am, then I had to quickly pack and make my way towards the main port, where I might get a connection, and on my way I came across a wonderful man who after telling him about myself he very kindly got me some food and drink, then I thanked him and moved further towards the port, and it’s here that I came across Kobe animal Kingdom place (www.kobe-oukoku.com), Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums where after speaking to the manager I was offered a free passage to the place which I have to thank them all from here as this was the first ever Japanese organisation manager who was appreciating what I was doing and get a free entrance to the centre. I spent most of the day in there and I enjoyed watching different animals from across the world without going there, like kangaroos from Australia and penguins from South Africa, also dog performance from New Zealand, and different birds, then I said thanks to them again, and goodbye to head out towards my final destination of APL and MOL place at the port.

But as I got there it’s closed and no one was there for me to ask and on my way I came across a wonderful man from Kenya who very kindly provided me with a drink and some cakes, then I found a little time in a 24h store to write this update, and catch up with some of my past backlog of writing for the blog as well.

13.10.15

So rest of the last night I stayed awake in the 24h store and after coming across two wonderful men from Pakistan which one of them very kindly offered me some food and drink after telling them about my story, and as his friend has been in Japan for about 12yr he very kindly asked the people in the 24h store to see if I could stay there, and after he spoke with them and they got in touch with their manager I was told I should be okay to stay as long as I don’t sleep and I said okay, then after saying thanks and goodbye to the two wonderful men from Pakistan I spent all night there without any sleep and despite I was tired I managed to catch up with more of my writing as I said already, but all night I couldn’t get any connection with anyone apart from a woman who was working in the store brought me a cup of coffee, that’s all from last night.

So at about 7am I made my way towards the APL at the port which wasn’t far from where I was and as I got there I told security guards about my mission and showed them my Japanese sailing profile and I was put in contact with one of the agencies, and I was told I have to get in touch with the headquarters in Singapore, and I told them but I am here and not in Singapore, and I would like them to help me to make a request of their headquarters, but I was told by them they can’t do anything about it and I have to make my way out, so I said goodbye to them, and then made my way towards my next destination which was MOL Japanese shipping company and at the security point I was connected to an agency again and I spoke to a few of the people from an agency Nordic Agencies Co., Ltd. (www.kobenordic-agencies.jp), and again I was told that I can’t be given any lift unless I get in touch with the MOL headquarters in order for them to consider my passage to America and I was told after 9/11 the Japanese regulations of taking people across Pacific Ocean has been tightened much more than ever before.

So after saying goodbye to them I headed back to the city, on my way back I got a DLR type train connection back with a kindness of a man at the computer station near university and the zoo garden from yesterday, then I stayed around the city all day and tried to get in touch with a kind man in the pearl museum and through him to the city hall, who might be able to put me in contact with a link that might help my passage through Pacific Ocean.

I have to say none of the contacts resulted in any help, so I have to make my way back to a public area to speak to more people and tell them about my mission in a hope of at least get some food and shelter for the day. So I managed to get in touch with some more wonderful people who help me with some funds and I could get enough food not let my stomach empty before I put my head down for the night, then as I couldn’t get any shelter I stopped in front of a clothes store which had become my home from my second night here in Kobe, as they’re putting out cardboard boxes as well, so I don’t have to hunt for them every night, and if I could move out before dawn I was going to be okay not to encounter police enquiries as well.

14,15&16.10.15

I woke up today about 7am and after eating some bread and water from last night I made my way towards the harbour again and in hope of a connection, but after visiting few places with no luck I ended up in a Jahoves Kingdom Hall, which I was told they would have English gathering and talk, but after finding out they all had a major meeting in Tokyo they cancelled their local gathering in English, and after some talk with a few who could speak in English I was offered to just participate in their Japanese congregation, so after the meeting I was offered some food and drink, but with no shelter I headed out to a canal which at the end of it I found a place to put my head down for the night, but it turned out was a factory premises, and they have called police to come and ask me to go, so about 06:30 I was waken up by three police officers, a woman and two men, and then after some questioning and getting some details I was told I can’t sleep in a company’s yard as it’s their premises, but I can stay in a park and I said okay and goodbye to them so I headed back to the city centre.

After about few hours of walking and stopping in a few public places trying to engage with people over here in the city of Kobe (www.feel-kobe.jp, http://www.city.kobe.jp) this time in two other areas of the city, which were called Hyogo, and Shinkaichi, so I managed to engage with a few wonderful people, who very kindly helped me with some food and drink and a bit of funds after talking about my peace mission.

Also it’s after midday that after making an appointment in the morning with a manager of an English language centre called PATHOS that I met up and told him about my peace mission and I asked him if he could help and speak to his students, but he told me he’ll let me know in the future if they needed someone to help out, and he very kindly let me know about a Japanese website, which I could register to teach on (www.hello-sensei.com), and it’s after this meeting that I sent out a message on my social media to mention the website and ask people if they knew of anything else that would engage me more with this most shy nation on earth that I have come across so far, and I got some tips and advice as usual from kind followers on the Web.

So as for the night I stayed around the area and I managed to put my head down in front of Minatogawa Jinja (shrine) till a very early hour of next day (@5am), and I was woken up this time not by a police officer, but by the claps of the people who were coming to pay their respects before they’re heading to their work, so I quickly managed to pack and pay my respect for sheltering me for another night here in Kobe, and headed towards the city’s central library “Chuo Toshokan” (www.lib.kobe.ac.jp). So after some walk around the area and some waiting outside the library to be open after 9am, which very soon a lot of people turned up and luckily I was first and as I entered I asked about a place that I could sit down in quietness and write, so I was sent to 3rd floor and in there a place on table no.12 was allocated to me, and I stayed there till about 6pm, and on my break time I visited some other parts of the library, and I went to a place which particularly had information about an earthquake memorial (The Great Hanshin-Awaji) a disaster reduction and human renovation institution with more information on these websites (www.dri.ne.jp/wordpress/index.php/material) (www.facebook.com/drive.archives), which later I saw some of the videos of the disaster which was heartbreaking, and the recovery in the area absolutely showed their determination and their great effort to come back and rebuild everything within 2years.

So as I was using the quietness of the place to do some writing also I could stay till 8pm, but as my other half very kindly offered me some funds to sustain my living here in Japan, so I had to make my way back to the city centre, but when I got there the places were all closed, so now I had to go to a place where I could put my head down without police turning up to ask me to leave, and after finding some cardboards I put my head down only very temporarily as I was exposed to public view because I didn’t have enough cardboards to cover my sleeping area so I couldn’t use my sleeping bag and I just used my emergency blanket, and I got very cold throughout the night and very early in the morning I had to move out and go to find a warm place to stay a bit warmer, then as sun came out I felt warm again, so I headed out towards the places to collect the funds which was sent to me by my other half after seeing my message on social media that I sent out to say I really had difficulty to communicate with people here in Japan to survive.

Then after getting in touch with an internet cafe to print out a Japanese version of my sailing profile message and make more copies of my web communication info card, and eating and drinking some juice and soup from a place here in Kobe, I said thanks and goodbye to everyone, and I started my walk towards my next destination port of Osaka.

After some walking I came across a market where I managed to get some food from the fund and after speaking to some locals they got me in touch with a peace boat, I was told it’s sailing around the world in 100days next year but it’s costing a fortune to a simple peace pilgrim way of life (1290000yen), then after some more talk and staying with them for a bit longer and I was trying to sort few things in a market there, then finally I went to the main route to head on towards Osaka.

After some walk, waiting and showing my message to drivers to get to Osaka a wonderful man with his little son and daughter stopped, and he very kindly offered me a lift close to Osaka, then after some talk and telling them about my mission I said goodbye to them and I was dropped off by a petrol station, which I waited there for more than half an hour before I decided to walk towards Osaka and after some walk I stopped in a favourite Lawson market to eat and use some internet, and it’s here that as I was eating someone very kind came to me and offered me a lift to Osaka main train station, which I welcomed it and here we go I arrived in Osaka after 7pm, so after taking a photo with the driver by a passer by I said thanks and goodbye to him as well and I asked him to get in touch with me through the Web.

Then at the big Osaka train station I walked everywhere and saw a good view of the city from a high building at the station and tried to connect with some wonderful brothers and sisters through the internet, which made me keep going till late in the night at the station.

18,19 & 20.10.15

Today at about 2am I came across 3 wonderful people from Indonesia, and we’re together till about 5am so I spoke about my peace pilgrimage journey around the world to them and they told me about their less than a week travelling throughout Japan and the universe wanted to connect me through them to some other parts of Japan faster than I did expect, as one of them very kindly offered me his magic way of connecting with some other places which I haven’t seen or experienced here in Japan.

So after thanking them for their hospitality for those hours at the Osaka main rail station, rather than waiting in Osaka for my next sea connection, at about 05:20am I took on a rail travelling journey across Japan, as I had a dream of using one of those fast trains since China, so the universe wanted me to wait till this moment and try every kind of train here in Japan, so after connecting to Kyoto in about 1h than to Tokyo by super fast train “bullet train” (Shinkansen) in less than 3h and from there to Hakodate by 3pm. So in here I waited around the city till about 1am before I make my way to Sapporo the capital of the northern region of Hokkaido.

So at about 01:20 I caught a slow train to Sapporo, as that’s the only available on the route, so I was hoping according to the arrival of the train at about 6am then I can get a train at 7am all the way to the last frontier of Japan trains, but unfortunately our train got delayed unexpectedly for 3h and I couldn’t even know why that had happened and all I was told there’s a signal failure, so that made me change the plan after getting to the capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo, and here I made an enquiry about sea connection between Japan and Russia in case of future connection from Japan back to Russia then into Europe, and I was told there’s been a ferry line (Heart Land Ferry) for almost 17 years between Wakkanai and a Russian town, but on 18.09.2015 it has stopped as there wasn’t enough passengers.

Then as I couldn’t get to neither Wakkanai nor Asahikawa, so I had to plan my route back towards Osaka, and after staying around the capital city for about 2h I took a train at 12:15 towards Hakodate, and on my way as I had a changing seat ticket I thought of changing train, so I got off at the Muroran train station, and as that train left I had to wait till about 4pm to catch the next one back to Hakodate, which again I had to go through a series of changes of plan again, and consequently delay after delay was connecting me back to Osaka city.

So after getting my next train I managed to arrive safely at the Hakodate station and within 3min I had to catch another one further south to Shine-Aomori, and from there I got another train to Sendai which we arrived after 2300h, and as they’re closing the station after the midnight I had to find somewhere to put my head down for the night and as I went out of the station I found an unoccupied place and I put my head down there till early hour of next day and as I missed my first train I caught the next one bound to Tokyo.

So less than 2h I was in Tokyo after passing through Fukushima, Koriyama, Utsunomiya, Omega, Ueno, and finally we arrived at Tokyo at 0915, then I went to a Tourist information (www.tictokyo.jp, http://www.mori-trust.co.jp), and I found some information about the capital, then I went to the Imperial Palace first and I looked around the park and not inside, so after walking all around the Palace from outside I made my way back to the main Tokyo station, on my way I met few people who were interested in what I was doing and just wishing me luck on my peace pilgrimage journey.

Then as I got back to the station a bit earlier I didn’t want to leave my departure for the last minute, so I brought my departure time forward from 7pm to 6pm, so after taking a super express Hikari Shinkansen bound to Shin Osaka, we stopped in Shinagawe, Shin-Yokohama, Atami, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, and Nagoya, then stopping in every station all the way to Shin-Osaka, which we arrived on time just after 9pm, and from there I made my way towards the main Osaka’s station by JR (Japan Rail Train), and I arrived there just before 10pm, and I went back to the same spot that few days ago I met three wonderful people from Indonesia, and as I was sitting there and was trying to connect to the internet, a wonderful woman came to me and enquired about my peace journey and I told her a bit about it, and before she went she very kindly offered me some Scottish donation, which I thanked her and told her all about my circumstances before and now, and that I couldn’t survive without using monetary system completely here in Japan, and I decided to go about with it with the idea of advocating a positive money in my mind as well, that’s why I’m now accepting people’s donation as I found it very difficult to communicate with people over here, so she very kindly left her web address for the group which she was helping out with in a tour around Japan (www.opusxmusic.com), and she told me if I was there earlier I could have got a free ticket to their performance event.

Then after some walking around the main Osaka station to find some wifi and communicate with outside Japan, but after finding a place unfortunately they’re closing the area, and the station, so I have to move back to the same spot that I had left earlier, and as it’s a bit windy and chilly, I tried to cover myself with an emergency blanket till early morning but at about 1am I was asked to leave the station by security guards at the station, then as I headed out I came across an internet cafe, which I managed to book a space for couple of hours with the funds that I had and in that time I managed to take a shower as well, so from 3 to 5am I was there and then I headed out to the Osaka station again to find an address in my hunt for the Pacific Ocean link.

So as I was looking for this address I came across a place which I could sit down and eat, charge my devices and write up the remaining of my Korean peace pilgrimage experiences, and stayed there till late afternoon. Before I make my way towards the intended addresses, I spoke to a young computer programmer man and as I was asking him about the addresses he told me, but as I told him about what I was doing, he told me he doesn’t understand but respects what I do, so as I have to move on we said goodbye to one another and I left the place to find this PIL (Pacific International Line) office, and after some walking and asking people I managed to find it and I was told by the people at the office and their main manager at the Tokyo office that they can’t help me, and I should get in touch with the main headquarters in Singapore as well, so I thanked the people in the Osaka office and the manager on the phoneline from the Tokyo head office, and I didn’t repeat to ask them to ask their head office in Singapore as I got refusal before and I didn’t want to get more and more negative answers, so I left it there and I moved out of their office.

After coming out I headed towards the Osaka port and on my way I came across a place where people were getting massages for their body pain and as I had a pain in my elbow since my terrible fall back in Kyrgyzstan and China on that autumn snow on a mosaic floor at the so-called border, which every now and then it really hurts, so I spoke to a kind man and he very kindly gave me the massage of my life and he said I have to give my body a rest after such a long time and heavy load on my body, and I promised him to do so as soon as I possibly can, then on my way to the port as it’s too late in the evening I contacted a few places for a place to stay, but they all told me as they don’t know me they can’t offer me anything, and I thanked them and I moved on and near another Lawson supermarket I stopped for a few hours to do some internet update, then very close to there I found a “ministop” market to stay awake for another night without sleep till next day.

22.10.15

As I was awake last night and the night before my body really wanted some rest, so as I continued walking towards the port I came across a bench on my way and I put my head down for a couple of hours and it passed so quick as I was so tired, then after waking up I carried on walking up to another Lawson store and in there I got some food and after having some I carried on towards the harbour and the port, on my way I managed to find a trolley for carrying my heavy rucksack and then an inner shoe sole, all with the funds I was given by my other half towards my peace pilgrimage journey, then I carried on towards the port again, and on my way about 3pm I came across another wonderful human being from Nepal who was a cook in an Indian and Nepalese small restaurant and after some talk he very kindly offered me some food and fresh Nepalese style bread, which I thanked him a lot, then carried on towards the port and by the time I got to the port almost everywhere was closed and around the area was all fishermen and people who wanted to visit the seaside and there was a few other amusement places and for me to get in touch with any container ship I had to cross to an island which it’s too late for me to find my way around, then as I was stopping by a Lawson store I came across a Japanese man (www.modesuto.co.jp), who I came across earlier by the Nepalese restaurant, and the cook told him about my story and he remembered me and offered me a special Japanese octapus and egg sandwich, which I thanked him and he told me that he’s a “Cosmo-jijy” man and I said I’ll mention you on my blog, then after saying thanks and goodbye to him, it wasn’t very long before I came across two other Japanese men who were trying to read my board and I went and spoke to them and they very kindly offered me some water and a sandwich, then I thanked them and told them to follow my peace pilgrimage journey on my blog.

So I have to say here it wasn’t a very bad birthday present to have almost three meals in a day, when I go without food and drink for days sometimes, so I have to say Thankyou to the universe and all those kind people around me and far from me who have looked after me very well, so now I just needed a place to put my head down for the night. I walked back towards a quiet place earlier I saw near to the port and I found a spot and put my head down for the night after thanking the universe and all kind people around me for providing all the goodness for me for my birthday, and I looked forward to the next day which is the anniversary of the start of my peace pilgrimage journey, which began back in 2012.

23.10.2015

Today I woke up after some rest outdoor near to the port, then I headed out towards a close by island (Sakishima),which I couldn’t walk to and I had to get a train to get to the other side in a hope of finding some connection to my next destination. On my way I came across a building and I saw a Maguchi group which I hoped that they might help me to open my passage through Pacific, but as I was waiting there for a bit while I was writing up some of my daily activities, then I asked someone to see whether they could help, but after showing them my sailing profile they told me no, they can’t help me and I should leave the building immediately, so I did so and walked towards the harbour where I came across an ambulance, fire station and Japan coastguard, and I asked them if they could help me to cross the island and I was told I have to walk for about 20km or get one stop train, so as I had some funds I got the train and on my way I came across someone from New York who told me his parents migrated to Japan many years ago, and I told him about my peace journey, then on the other side of the bay in the island at a station called Cosmosqure I stopped for more than an hour to connect with some people as it was a busy day and people were coming to register for the Sunday Osaka’s Marathon, but with no luck I had to move on. I got some food and drink than walked around to find out all about shipping connection but it’s too late and dark, but even so visiting a few places which were either closed or I showed my sailing profile and got a negative response. Now I had to find a place to put my head down for the night which after a long day of walk finally I found an open place to put my head down, and the weather wasn’t that bad to sleep outside.

24.10.15

I woke up today about 7am, as the ground had some moisture and it was cloudy and some part of my sleeping bag was wet. After trying to dry and pack I started to walk again around the island to enquire more about my shipping connection, but as I got some negative responses yesterday I didn’t want to approach any port security guards as they’re immediately telling me to go out and they didn’t want to hear about my case. As I was walking I came across two very young and kind men who I explained to them my case and they started to enquire about how I could get back to America and after spending about 3h together and calling and contacting a few places they said sorry it seems to be very difficult to get there through a container ship, as they all are either saying we don’t take passengers or get in touch with their headquarters, so after all that they very kindly offered me some food and drink as well, then we said goodbye to one another in a hope to connect together again in the future, then I stayed in Asian and Pacific Trade Centre to do some updates and try to see and vision what I could do in meantime, while I’m waiting on my connection, then as the centre was going to close about midnight so I had to make my way out and again hunt for a place to put my head down for another night here in Osaka bay on the Sakishima island, and as I came out and it’s rainy and windy a bit somehow the universe connected me with back of a posh hotel in the staff smoking area which wasn’t a desirous place, but nevertheless was better than outside to say goodnight to everyone around me and the kind universe for the provided basic shelter.

25 through 30.10.15

I woke up at about 7am and before any of the hotel staff discover my resting place for the night I moved out and headed back to the APTC (Asian and Pacific Trade Centre), and in there I used the bathroom and then in one of the ferry terminals enquired about outside Japan ferries, which I was told at the international ferry terminal they have connection to Shanghai in China and Busan in Korea, then I did some updates and I headed out to connect with some more wonderful people as it’s Osaka Marathon day, but after few hours around the marathon area with no connection as everyone was busy with the marathon and other activities, I made my way back to APTC, and in there I sent out a message about highlights of my day with no human connectivity, then after eating something I made my way back through a train to the main city of Osaka and being around few busy underground station agains, despite people were mostly drunk or under the influence of alcohol and no contact was made, so I passed my time in few places which were open till late like a Starbucks, a reminder of one which I used to spent some time in to use internet back in London OLSX camp. Then in the morning I made my way to the British Consulate General in Osaka, as back in Kobe and a few other places I was recommended by local government people to see if they might be able to help. I have never tried official government offices when I had many choices, but now limited in connectivity through the Pacific, so I said to myself I’ll give it a go, also I had a feeling already it might not work out my way and indeed after going and waiting for a bit I was told they can’t help my personal peace pilgrimage cause, and if I wanted to get some funds to fly back to England they might be able to help me, but not going to a different direction, so after about an hour of communication I was given a monthly living guide for Kansai Scene October 2015 magazine to find some help for my cause, and after thanking them for their time I left the office and headed out to speak to public again as always public has been a great help to me at the time of my difficulty.

In a very busy area of Osaka (Shinsaibashi and Namba), again I came across some wonderful people and got in touch with some other companies to see if they could help me, then I stayed in an almost 24h Starbucks till next day again then I headed further out to connect with more people, and again I stayed around the area for another night without any sleep as I couldn’t get any shelter or a quiet place to put my head down for the night, so now after two days with almost no sleep at all I made my way towards finding a library or a quiet place to rest a bit and it’s today that I came across a wonderful man from Korea who after speaking to him a bit about my peace journey he offered me some memorable food from a famous food place in the Namba area, then he told me about a nearby park about 20min walk, so after saying thanks and goodbye to him, which he did took some photos and a heart to heart hug, then on my way I asked someone kind about the park and he very kindly took me there, then I found a place in the park and put my head down and I was so tired that quickly I went to sleep and as I woke up with the sound of rain on my emergency blanket so quickly I went to a close by rest room to shelter and in there after using a bathroom and washing my teeth I again tried to rest, but I was woken up by the park security and asked to pack and go, even though it’s still raining out there and I was sheltered he said I I had to go, and it reminded me of Glastonbury festival, which as soon as I put up my tent I was asked to pack in 5min and go, so the guard here didn’t tell me within 5min, but I packed as soon as I possibly could and moved out to under a bridge near there, and just sat there till next day with my emergency blanket on me. I saw a lot of public (cyclists and pedestrian), were using this route and in the morning I saw a man about 5am came and feed about 5 cats which were staying under the bridge very close by a zoo, then as the dawn broke I made my way towards another famous area (Tennoji where the highest building in Japan is located there which is called Harukas), and I went to 16th floor and took some photos and sent out one on the social media to say I can’t go to the 300m high, but here is an image of under 100m, and I couldn’t imagine how would it looks like up there!?, but anyway after there I managed to get in touch with few language centres in the area, and then made my way to a church Kingdom Hall in another area of Osaka in a hope if I could find a place to rest after getting in touch with so called an English congregation, but after speaking to some people from across the world over there including people from Canada, US, Australia, Nigeria, Korea, and even Yorkshire in England who has been in Japan for more than 20 years, and as he told me he forgot all about England and the northern accent, but none not even one offered anything despite they’re telling me all about Japanese are very restricted and beaurocratic – and I told them I know that very well, I have seen it for myself you don’t have to tell me, so after some talk before and after their gathering I said goodbye to them and made my way to a close by park which I have seen when I came to the area, and I found a place to put my head down and as soon as I did so someone came and was looking at me like I have taken his spot so as I didn’t say anything and he didn’t say anything as well then I managed despite an uncomfortable divided bench place to get few hours of uninterrupted sleep, then I woke up quickly before it got busy and made my way towards the city hall and a library, after finally getting there and speaking to the mayor’s office staff, I was told this is a private matter and they can’t help me as well.

So I have to say here that I have never believed those governments who have real authority over things will help my peace pilgrimage mission, but because here the public were all telling me I should get in touch with them and ask for help, so I did, and I didn’t get a positive outcome, so then this was another drawback on my peace mission.

Now I am so called between a rock and a hard place, which it has been like this for the duration of my stay in Japan where I haven’t got a single positive response from the authorities and not a lot of encouragement from the general public either towards my peace pilgrimage mission around the world, so all I could say is, if I wasn’t sent some funds from outside I would have really suffered very badly healthwise here, even worse than 2012 back in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria area, where I lost weight at that time and here I felt even worse, despite the advancement of technology the resources are used for advantages of a few and not public as a whole.

So my conclusion would be I will make an alternative decision if worse comes to worst, and if things just go like this, but for time being I can survive and carry on visiting different places and ports and harbours until my final funds and resources will run out, in a hope of my connectivity through the Pacific Ocean.

The rest of my day on Thursday 29.10.15 I tried to speak to different people and get a link to help me with my last leg of peace pilgrimage journey, but with no luck, so I spent a few hours in an internet cafe to sort out my photos on the phone which I carry to allow me to take more photos as I run out of space so I had to transfer them to a memory stick, and some of my funds went towards it as well, which at least I got some hot and cold drink and a shower while I was there, then as it came the time of sleeping I had to find some cardboard which reminded me again of the time of OLSX when we were going out every night to fetch some cardboard on the street near the Royal Court of Justice. After collecting some I found a place not far from the main Osaka train station and right in front of a 20 story high empty building which was closed down, a sign of recession here in Japan; despite their hard work they couldn’t run whatever business was in there, and it’s similar to many of these buildings in London England and many other cities, and we could inhabit them and utilise them better if they were open to public.

Today 30.10.15 I was waking up at 5am, and last night I had a lot of noise from drunk people and the city’s traffic, but I managed to survive again, I then headed to find a place to eat something and do some connectivity updates which I visioned for the day in my favourite internet free place (Lawson). Then about 10am after some connections and sending some emails to some language centres I headed out to connect with two more companies here in Osaka to see if they could help, but after some miles of walk and finding them one said to me we just do air cargo connection (Meitetsu world transport), and the second said to me they don’t have any vessels themselves and they don’t know how to help me to cross Pacific (Nippon Express, the Osaka international transportation branch), then after no connection on this last two companies I headed out to try my first Marina here in Osaka (Osaka Hokko Marina), then after getting there finally at the late afternoon by going through underground then JR, and finally walking for about 5km the final leg of my journey and crossing a long Yumemai bridge, then in front of an incinerator plant a wonderful man gave me a 5min lift across a bridge before I arrive at the marina which I found out it’s closed and will be open weekend, so I had to wait there in the area till tomorrow to see the harbour master and find out if he could help in anyway, meanwhile one of the staff from the harbour and a cook from a cafe kindly gave me a name for another big marina which someone else at a church that I went to on Wednesday told me about it, so I have some time to go around and make all those enquiries within next few days if not weeks, visioning through Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht harbour, then Nagoya, Yokohama before I make my final stop in Tokyo, Japan, and that will be my final stop before I say goodbye to Japan and move on from here.

31.10.15

As I didn’t sleep last night at all and after a nice hospitality from the kind cook at the BIC cafe in the marina I said goodbye to him and headed out of the cafe, as I looked around the harbour to see if I could find a place to put my head down for the night, but after looking around for about an hour or so I couldn’t find anywhere suitable then before I make my way to a local 24h store I went back to the cafe and as it’s closed, I wanted to stay there and use it as a shelter, but first it’s very windy and second mosquitoes were about to eat me alive, so after staying there for a bit, then I headed out light without my big rucksack as I left it near to the cafe, as I knew I had to go back there next day if not earlier, then headed to the store which earlier I was told about by the cook in the cafe, and I stayed in there overnight, and as I couldn’t sleep there and was just sitting I did my final writing and update, then about 5am I headed back to the marina and as the time was approaching 9am I managed to see the harbour master very briefly, but then I was told by a marina staff who I met last night in the cafe to came back after 11am, as a woman who could speak English will be here after this time, so I could talk to harbour master as he couldn’t speak English very well.

So I made my way towards Maishima Incinerator Plant, as I passed by there yesterday and saw next day would be an exhibition, also it’s here that a member of staff very briefly crossed me through the Tsuneyoshi bridge to the marina, so as it’s a bit early to the opening time I managed to walk around the island for about 6km, and as it’s a bit longer than I expected I got back to the plant after 11am to see the exhibition, consequently late to the harbour, but on my walk for that duration I saw empty and abandoned buildings (cafe), many lavatories, small car race trucks, dog training centre, camping areas and finally a tennis and baseball stadium, before I get back to the front of the incineration plant, then after going through 5 floors of exhibition in the plant, seeing a fully automated and 24h operational mechanism, and how Osaka’s rubbish comes in and will become ash at the end and goes to a landfill and not direct rubbish to the landfill, so you can yourself search and find out how this could be used in other area or region and if it’s going to be useful, so after saying thanks and goodbye to the kind staff, I made my way back for my late 11am appointment with the harbour master, but when I got back there at about midday I was told by a woman who was supposed to be the translator of my messages to the harbour master that the harbour master is in another meeting with someone else, so I explained to her again and she went to ask the harbour master, then she came back and told me he wouldn’t be able to help as the marina is a small one and all the yachts are going to local places in Japan. I asked about the Australian big ship connection as one of the staff yesterday mentioned about it and he said the harbour master might have, and after she has asked, I was told there’s none till 2018, so I thanked them all and made my way towards my next destination, Shin-Nishinomiya yacht harbour, which after waiting to get a lift for about few hours, then getting in contact with a cyclist from Hiroshima who was now living in Osaka, we walked for a few miles, after crossing another long bridge before we come to a store and not very far from a petrol station, then he very kindly in the store offered me a pot noodle and some water, then after being together for at least an hour of talk and walk we said goodbye and I again thanked him for his kindness and contributions towards my peace mission.

So I didn’t wait here for long time as a wonderful woman who was going back to Kobe offered me a lift to the main road leading to the port and harbour of Shin-Nishinomiya, then after thanking her and saying goodbye I started walking again for few more kilometres before I get to the port and by this time everywhere was closed apart from a restaurant in the harbour which it’s about to close as well, so now I had to find a place to put my head down after a very long day of walking, total about 20km, then I managed to find a corner under one of the many bridges here on the island, and I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me and being thank-full for all the connections and walks made.

1.11.15

Today after waking up at about 7am from under a massive Japanese style bridge which underneath of it was also a carpark, then I made my way back to the harbour and after waiting there till after 9am then I managed to see the harbour master MR Miwa (www.sinnisi-yh.co.jp), which I showed him my sailing message and I asked him to make a copy also I let him to know that I have put one on the noticeboard as well, and as he couldn’t speak much of English nor I could speak any Japanese, I waited till I could find someone who could translate my hope of a Pacific connection and see if he could help to link me with someone, but after staying around the marina whole day and getting in touch with the yacht club general manager Mr. Hide, and a local with a boat, I found out there’s no way anyone will try to cross Pacific Ocean at this time of the year, so after completing my walk around the island as my bags were in the harbour then in the evening listening to some music performances, I was told that the harbour is closed and I made my way towards another bridge to make it my home for the night as outside was raining very heavily, so I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me and I put my head down for another night here in Japan.

2.11.15

As it’s raining and dark so I woke up with the noise of the traffic on my three sides, I quickly packed and made it to a local petrol station and I stayed there for few hours to finalise my writing for the blog and attend a dental appointment but as I got to the dentist I was told they can’t do a check up for free if I don’t have a Japanese insurance, so I said goodbye to them and after doing an update in my favourite store (Lawson), and then making my last connection before I say goodbye to this town as well and head to my next destination. My vision is if I couldn’t get the Ocean crossing, I might try sailing with other peace brothers and sisters at a later date if the universe permitted this to happen.

One love your humbled Earthian peace brother in a town of Nishinomiya between Kobe and Osaka still in Japan.

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