Aug 172012

Travel Japan by Train ? by Bus ? Try Hitchhiking !


Santa Hitch-hiked over 6,000km around Japan. We interviewed her at Kanalian after her trip.

Interviwer Shaun

Why did you decide to hitchhike in Japan? Is hitchhiking just a way to get from one place to another?
Of course not. It’s a lot more than that. I never go sightseeing, and the most important thing is to talk with local people and stay with them. I wanted to see people’s regular day; what they do when they get up, and so on.Hitchhiking is the best way to do accomplish that. On the first day my friend in Tokyo took me to a highway service area, and I stood just outside the area and put my thumb out. I was nervous and expected to be there for hours, but it was maybe three minutes.

How much Japanese did you speak before you started your trip?
I understood the questions people asked, but I couldn’t put a sentence together.
But, I spoke for many hours every day and used my Japanese a lot. So now I can talk for hours non-stop. I talk too much.

Where did you hitchhike to?
I started in Tokyo and went to Soya Misaki, Hokkaido, the northernmost part of Japan. Then from Wakkanai I went to Kagoshima the southernmost of Kyushu, and from Kagoshima back to Tokyo.

How is Hitchhiking in Japan ?
Japan is the best country for hitchhiking in the world.
People are willing to help. They want to create a good impression of Japan and Japanese people for you. Even the Japanese police are very nice. And I think in Japan it’s much safer. Here people usually pick you up not because they want you to entertain them or something else, but because they’re worried about you.

How long did your trip take?
About one and a half months. I started at 6 or 7 in the morning, and I was at my destination at 12 or 1.

How many people picked you up?
About 200.  I didn’t have many long rides, except if I was lucky enough to find one in a highway service area that was going to my destination for the day.

So how do you find someone who’s going to your destination?
It’s very easy, because every car’s number plate shows the prefecture where the person lives. So I looked at the number plates and find one with the prefecture I want to go, and wait for them to come to the car. When Japanese people see a single backpacker waiting, they will go to the person on their own and ask where they’re going and offer a ride.

So if you come back to Japan again, will you hitchhike again?
I think I’ve already seen a lot of Japan, so if I hitchhike it would be the same roads again. Next time, I will walk.

Dec 162011

『 FRYING DUTCHMAN /フライングダッチマン』 の Human Error(ヒューマンエラー)という曲は、日本の電力の構図と、今後のエネルギーシフトをダイレクトに物語り、福島第一原発事故から今まで言えなかった実際の声を集約したソウルフルな叫び! 1曲 /17分の大作。



Nov 042011


11月5日(土)午後3時/夜7時、6日(日)午後3時 KAAT 神奈川芸術劇場にて公演




『 Grief of Euridice 』by Ensemble Genesis

Baroque and contemporary music unified together with dance and visual performed as a play; an Opera written by Ovidius, this is the story of Metamorphoses.

When I went to the  Ensemble Genesis concert in 2010 it was like a merry-go-round of nostalgia, emotional, and sentimental feelings through the music.

The music is like passing people at an intersection in which every moment you forget and remember at the same time.

Thanasis, from Greece, who stayed last year at Kanalian, wrote part of this music. I was glad to see it again this weekend at the Yokohama KAAT Theater !

5th(sat) Nov, start from 15:00 & 19:00 ( open 30minute before)

6th(sun) Nov start 15:00 (open 30minute before) / total 80minutes

Ticket advance 3,500yen, at door 3,800yen, student 3,000yen

KAAT Theater  / 281 Yamashitachou Nakaku Yokohama / Tel  045-633-6500

(5minutes walk from Nihon Odouri stn Minato Mirai line /

Aug 302011


独身男女へ気持ちを込めて伝えたい『 恋をしよう!』と。












Beef + Jacqueline (Krezip) 『50/50』

Jul 222011

Nuclear Safety how can these words go together ?

A message T-Shirt walk around Yokohama center wearing a set of 6 T-Shirt that spell 『Bye Bye Nukes』

The walk meeting at 12pm Sunday 24th July, Kanagawa Kenmin Center 7th floor room 705, close to Yokohama Sta west exit (turn right the conner of Yodobashi camera left side after pass the bridge)

We`re planning to make 20 groups walk with message T-Shirt. (t-shirt cost /1,000yen)


Bye Bye Nukes T-Shirts Action 7.24 @Yokohama Sta – China Town – Yamashita park

May 292011

 『~Good Bye Nukes~ Energy Shift Now』611Kanagawa