This past week I was in Sacheon, South Korea and found myself under another Typhoon, this time Typhoon Sanba. This photo is the morning of September 17th, about 3 hours before the eye came over Sacheon.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The standard Japanese beverage can size is 330 ml (almost the same as the US), for a couple of years now manufactures have been selling 135 ml cans. It's kind of convenient, especially is you are not that thirsty.
Above are three cans of Asahi Super Dry, 135 ml. These made it to the summit of Fuji!
Above is an old guy enjoying a 135 ml super dry during a festival in Nagoya. You can get an idea how small they are.
Monday, September 3, 2012
I have lived in Japan for over four years now and have yet to climb Fuji, not sure why I guess I have just been lazy. Two weekends ago I finally got around to making the hike, below is my backpack.
I put more photos of the climb here.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
My flight back to Japan was scheduled to depart from the Chinggis Khaan International Airport at 2am. I got to the airport around 9:30pm without much to do other than wait.
The Mongolian Railway, also known as the Iron Silk Road is a short link between China and Russia, and part of the Trans-Siberian Corridor. For fun, I took an overnight train from Ulaanbaatar to Mongolia's second largest city of Erdenet.
Reading signs is impossible but getting a ticket and using the rail is not difficult. The ticket office is just east of the main train station and a 1st class sleeper car train ticket cost about $22.
The monk waiting for the train happen to be my roommate on the way to Erdenet. Turns out he was not a monk but a Lama, same religious background as the Dalai Lama. He was traveling to Erdenet to visit with his family, spoke english too. Below he is helping me find the room.
Erdenet is a small city compared to UB and known for being the site of the largest copper mine in asia. The city really feels like a typical stereotype of the formal USSR, you can see images of Lenin everywhere.