…the pain that lingers

  • I don’t recall feeling this sore from the prior hikes. Perhaps too much sitting sets my muscles to freeze…

    This is near the start of the 富士山 hike. At the starting station, there are walking sticks for sale, if I recall, for ¥1000. With small bells attached to the top, the incessant jingling were a nice accompaniment to our climb. The sticks could also be branded for ¥100 at various stations along the hike, making for a unique souvenir post-hike. Not thinking about it at the time, this isn’t your normal airplane carry-on, but the kind people at the airport let me encase it in bubble-wrap and it survived the return flight in one piece, splinter-free.