Going to the Land of the Rising Sun

Going to the Land of the Rising Sun

One of the first things I do when I get ready to leave for an international competition is go out and buy some snacks.  You never know what kind of food you might encounter in another country, right?  Luckily, I don’t have to worry about this this time around since I’ll be competing in Japan.  In fact, this competition will be like competing in my own backyard since my mom’s side of the family live only 20 minutes away.  That said, I can put my full focus on competing which is a big relief.

Anyway, just for fun and out of curiosity, I did a quick google search on how long it might take me to travel from San Francisco to Japan on foot.  For some reason, the google search tells me to go from San Francisco all the way up to Washington (definitely not the most efficient route…).  After that I’m supposed to kayak across the Pacific Ocean, making a quick stop in Hawaii before rowing the rest of the way to Japan.

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the not-so-efficient route to Japan

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check out direction #244

Well, traveling on foot and kayaking is supposed to take me a total of 101 days and 23 hours.  Good thing for airplanes because the trip will “only” take me about 10 hours.  There’s also a benefit to living on the west coast too and traveling to Asia.  Most of the guys will be taking a plane to meet up in San Francisco before leaving for Japan.  Anyway we leave tomorrow morning.  Wish us luck!  Go USA!

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2 Comments on “ Going to the Land of the Rising Sun ”

  1. Nate July 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Kayaking shouldn’t count as “on foot”! You’ve got to _swim_ to Japan, Sho!

  2. shonakamori July 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    yea i guess you’re right…and i thought google always told the truth.

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