From Osaka we caught the bullet train to Yamaguchi, and then a local train to the modest town of Hofu where I had spent my time as a high school student on exchange. It had been my first overseas trip, much anticipated, and remains the most memorable experience of my life to this date. Going back to Hofu, which I have done twice before (once with Jade in 2003) is an exercise in nostalgia and remembrance of a very happy and formative experience.
We returned to Hofu that night and saw out the rest of the week there, and left on the same train: Jade to Tokyo and myself to Osaka, heading for a job interview in London.
Also update we are currently in Iceland but I promise to keep posting all our adventures despite our big adventure coming to an end.