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+ Self-introduction +
- ¿Quiénes sois?
- Who are you?
My name is Yoshi, I was born in 1965.
My wife is Yuko, she was born in 1964. We were born in Hokkaido, Japan and moved to Tokyo after graduation.
Mi blog de fotos es (desde agosto mes pasado) http://tabichin.dtp.to/photogallery
El mapa es (desde agosto mes pasado) https://www.tripline.net/trip?id=0563666233061010BC21EC3DD1AE6B13
- ¿Cuándo empezó vuestro viaje? - When did your trip start?
We bought the small used car (MAZDA SCURM) and started to drive from Hokkaido in August 2015.
Actually, this journey is not our first long trip. We started our journey in April 2005, and have been continued the traveling life, such as;
Driving from Alaska to Argentine with a scooter(HONDA SILVER WING 600c.c.).
Driving across Canada with another scooter.
Driving around New Zeeland with another scooter.
North and South Europe with another scooter.
Australia with MITSUBISHI van.
And Asian countries as a backpacker.
- ¿Por qué decidisteis viajar en furgoneta? - Why did you decide to travel by van?
I'm not familiar with cars and mechanism, so we didn't think about it deeply. But I will try to explain, now.
Firstly, it's cheap. Secondly, it is enough size for us, we are short and don't have much stuff. At last, we don't want to hurry, we want to drive slowly.
- ¿Cómo lográis financiar vuestro viaje? - How can you finance your trip?
I'm a graphic designer and get orders from Japanese clients by Email during my trip. My wife used to be an architect in Tokyo, but now, she buys natural gems around the world and makes accessories with them. And she designs web-site, too. So we're like a nomad. If we continue with our work, we can continue our travel.
- ¿Qué país os ha gustado más? - Which country did you like the most?
We want to live abroad, so we are always looking for a good place for us. We want a quiet property and a good view. It's a good idea to renovate an old house by ourselves. I would be so happy, if wild bears live in neighborhood.
Our favorite places;
- Spain, Iceland and Norway in Europe (because it is beautiful and good atmosphere)
- Canada and Alaska in North America (because bears live.)
- South Argentina, Chile (because it has a beautiful nature)
- Georgia (because it is easy to get a permit to live, and cheaper.)
- ¿Qué es lo más difícil de viajar en furgoneta? - What is the most difficult thing to travel in a van?
Our car doesn’t have strong power because it has only 660c.c. engine and 3 cylinders. Our small car can't drive fast. The average speed is 80km per hour. There is no problem except Europe. In Europe, everyone drives too fast to follow them. It is terrible to go up a hill. There were many holes on roads around Russia and central Asia countries. I was annoyed with that. The oil filter is under the chassis so that I put an aluminum plate for protecting it.
- ¿Cuáles son las principales ventajas de viajar en furgoneta? - What are the main advantages of traveling by van?
Our car is fuel efficient. One liter runs more than 15km. Many people come near, see and take a photo our car. It's easy to make friends! And maybe nobody steal it.
- ¿Cómo habéis visto la situación del turismo en furgoneta en España en comparación con otros países? - How did you see the situation of tourism by van in Spain compared to
About driving; A speed limit is 100km per hour in Spain. That is why every car is so fast, and it is hard to drive our small car among them. Driving in other countries is a bit easier because a speed limit is 70 to 90km/h there.
About scenery; South-west Spain is so beautiful. We love around there, especially Andalucía. It would be great if we get a house on a hill, and look down sea and town.
About Accommodations; Usually, we stay at a camping ground. It would be convenience if the camping ground has a kitchen in Spain. In North Europe and some countries, they have it.
About food; We can enjoy seafood in Spain. It makes us happy. Also we love tortilla:) Coffee is good and cheaper than other countries.
Anyway, it's very unfortunate that we can't stay more than 90days in Europe by Schengen Agreement. We want to drive more slowly.
- ¿Viajáis en pareja solos? - Are you traveling alone?
I travel with my wife. We are together 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Many people say that is a miracle!!!
Please ask more!
blanket yellow / 1 / 10$
blanket blue / 1 / 10$
clothing / total / 100$
Sleeping bags / 2 / 200$
sheet / 1 / 5$
rice cooker / 1 / 20$
electric stove for kitchen / 1 / 50$
kitchen set / 1 / 20$
kitchen stuff / cutlery etc... / 30$
seasoning / total / 30$
cooking stove for camping / 1 / 200$
roof net / 2 / 5$
car window net / 1 / 18$
car window shield / 1 / 10$
car rubber net / 1 / 20$
vinyl sheet / 1 / 15$
mosquito net for face / 2 / 30$
extra tire / 5 / 150$
tire chain / 1set / 13$
oil filter / 10 / 30$
windshield / 1 / 5$
smartphone stand / 1 / 4$
flashlight / 1 / 8$
electric light / 1 / 8$
plastic box / 3 /30$
stick for treck/ 1 / 6$
small chair / 2 / 12$
small table / 1 / 15$
books / 10 / 70$
guitar / 1 / 40$
camera stand / 1 / 15$
Broken Macbook Air / 1 / 1300$
Fan for computer / 1 / 13$
+ Studying English +
I have been traveling the world for ten years. I'm a graphic designer. I get orders online from Japan so I can work and pay the bills while I travel. I can continue to travel as long as I get orders, but if my clients stop giving me work, I'll have to stop.
Some people ask me why the Japanese economy grew, even though it lost the war. I always say that it's because the Japanese were working while someone else was praying for them.
I bought a motorcycle in Los Angeles and rode throughout the American continent--from the top of North America to the southernmost part of Argentine. My wife rode tandem. We traveled for about a year and a half.
Western people blow their noses using handkerchiefs and wash them afterwards. We Japanese blow our noses using tissue paper and throw it away in the trash afterwards. The Chinese blow their noses on the road. I wonder if the Chinese are the most Earth-friendly.
This is almost perfect! I would say: Japanese put soy source on raw eggs and stir them well. We put it on rice and eat it. Many Japanese used to eat it for breakfast when we were young. I wonder whether young people today eat it or not.
Some Japanese say that we are atheists. Japanese are polytheists, I guess. Although Japanese have a tradition of going to Shinto shrines at birth, we hold a funeral in temples. Although Japanese go (not goes) to temples on the last day of the year and listen (not listens) to the sound of temple bells, and the next day, New Year Day, we wish we have a good year in Shinto shrines.
Many couples have their wedding ceremony in churches and of course we love X-mas. Our ancestors believed that everything in this world had its own god, so they used to pray even to stones on roads. We seldom pray to God (usually or seldom, pick one, they're opposites!) but pray hard when in trouble. I wonder if he makes our wishes come true.
Although Japan can't have an army, Japan has another organization called a Jieitai instead of an army. They have guns, tanks, cruisers and fighters like an army, but they aren't permitted to attack. When they are attacked by an enemy, they must get permission from the Japanese government before firing guns. I wonder if they can make it or not.
Ten years ago we rarely saw foreigners, even in Tokyo, except for specific areals like Roppongi. But there were a lot of foreigners in Tokyo when I was in Japan this year. I wonder if that's why the yen is falling.