In what feels like a universe ago, I visited Japan in March, just as Europe was locking down.
I visited the land of the rising sun about ten years ago as a poor backpacker, and I remember having to find a local welder to help put my powerchair back together. The chassis had managed to snap and was falling apart. A usual problem with the powerchairs that used to dictate my day.
Ever since that first visit, I was eager to explore more of the country, culture and very importantly, the food!
Now as a slightly more mature grown-up, I went back to immerse myself in all things Japanese.
I had to cut this trip short.
Sitting in bars with other Europeans, reading about what was unfolding back home. We all very confidently said to each other “Why go home? It’s better here!” But as flights were being cancelled all over the world and my phone was blowing up with increasingly blunt messages asking me to come home immediately, I finally saw sense and got home just in time to settle in for four months of lockdown.
I still managed to wander around Japan for ten days and get my fill of bullet trains and sushi (or in some cases sushi arriving by mini bullet train to my table).
So here’s part one of my last trip before the world changed completely. I am pleased to say that my Series 5 let me focus on the things I wanted to do, and I did not need to get someone to weld bits of metal back together this time!
I hope publishing these videos when travel seems like a distant memory serves as a reminder of the exciting world that’s still there and will be once again open for exploring – hopefully one day soon!