|The North needle of an Australian compass trying to come to grips with navigation in Japan (It is attempting to point downwards into the ground.) It is as confused as I am.||A teensy-weensy compass with a thermometer so that, as Rodney-san says, "Now I know I'm lost and cold".||A Nihon-go compass I found at the 100 yen shop. Most compasses here look just like the Australian one (except that they sit horizontally). The illustrated compass indicates Kita (N <), Minami (S >), Higashi (E ^) and Nishi (W v) and things in between which I can't read and my phrasebook doesn't cover. When I can read the symbols and remember them by heart, I may find my way in this country.|
Enough of the compass pictures already! Give me the real stuff...
Below are links to some of the visual documentation (how very formal) of my trip to Japan. I hope you find the material educational. If not, I hope you find it at least a little bit amusing. If not, oh well then "The Net is vast and infinite" as they say at the end of The Ghost In The Shell.
(Roll-over to zoom)
really lost. My yellow bath (proof) toy from Garmin
says I'm at elevation 137m, N34° 43.271', E135° 47.833'.
As you can see from the title, I also know my address. Somehow, none of this
information, nor the multitude of compasses, GPS or maps seem to be preventing
me from feeling a little lost. The whole country goes by in a bewildering flash...
but it is so exciting to behold!