17 years. That’s how long I’ve been cycling past the entrance to the Tōkai Shizen Hodō (東海自然歩道) next to Jōkōji Station (定光寺駅) without ever venturing past the entrance.
It was only a short trip but in those brief hours I felt a tingle of joy, similar to what I felt a few years ago when I used to walk the streets randomly, taking portraits of strangers and quirky intriguing scenes.
This past week has been one of the most emotionally challenging weeks of my life and it’s not over yet.
Stand pretty much anywhere in Nagoya with an elevated view and look northeast. You’ll see a small mountain range slowly being eaten away by a quarry.
When you think of big Japanese cities I doubt that mountain biking comes to mind. But if you know where to look even in the major urban sprawls you’ll be able to find potential trails.
Inuyama (犬山市) is famous for its castle and Meiji Mura theme park but the real gem of this small city
Jokoji Temple (定光寺) in Seto (瀬戸市), just to the east of Nagoya – but closer to Kasugai in reality –
Utsutsu Shrine is in my hometown of Kasugai, northeast of Nagoya and now is the best time of year to