Saturday, December 24, 2016
A quick Merry Christmas update from a few days' north of Tokyo... I've walked across yet another of the worlds' largest cities. A lot of urban walking has occupied my time in the last week or so, not so much to my liking as mountain or beach walking, but amazing nonetheless. I'm still having a great pilgrim time.
Christmas is outrageously commercial here - not an ounce of Christianity buried in Santa Claus here, but presents, music, and decorated trees abound. It's always interesting, celebrating Christmas in a different culture.
I've been reunited with my snowshoes, thanks to the fun Redemptorists who have been taking care of them at their mother house in Tokyo. We celebrated with some dry and tasty Japanese sparkling wine. I have little hope in using them soon, since the temperatures are well above freezing. As I continue north, I can hope for snow, perhaps climbing higher into the mountains rather than sticking to the seashore just to find some. Carrying all of my winter gear has been tiring - I'd rather wear the heavy clothes than carry them.
I only have a moment tonight before the Japanese language celebrations begin at the Catholic church tonight - so Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.