It was overcast, I hadn’t heard back from my friend and I didn’t know where I was going to stay. I was starting to lose morale and beginning to regret coming to Kamakura when all of a sudden I bumped into a old friend for the first time. D aka De-hi was his name. He had full moon party paint on his face and an unyielding confidence that this day would be a great one. Together we made a Lau Chu (Chinese liquor) fueled ruckus around town, talking to everyone, flirting with girls, and discussing potential Japan tour ideas. Reminded me how a crap day can quickly turn into one of the best while on the road.
After walking through alley ways I came across this great little house/cafe. Turned out the owner was Japanese but loved Jazz, and used to import hiking gear from Denmark.
I left the cafe and I asked directions from this group of Japanese kids. Before I knew it they invited me along to see the famous Kamakura Buddha (Daibutsu).
It wasn’t just this huge Buddha but the dense yet inviting Japanese forest that surrounded it that truly made it a surreal and stunning sight.
Let the Japanese posses commence! “Cheesu!”
Taking photos with a few random girls. This definitely a PPP (potential profile pic)
They really got a kick out of D and I, and asked for a dozen pictures with us afterwards.
Next up, the best Chinese restaurant in the world.
D ordered the full set and a 30$ bottle of VIP Lau Chu (Chinese liquor). It was 11 am ><
The spring rolls and dumplings were crisped to perfection and dripping with fatty goodness. Everything was created with culinary precision and refinement that Japan is famous for. Don’t think I’ll ever have Chinese this good again unless I come back here.
With a half bottle of hot Lau Chu on this brisk november day, we decided to hit the beach.
After a few minutes D got antsy and took off with my camera in hopes to acquire covert shots of cute girls.
On the way to the 7/11 for a beer, a bunch of school girls wanted a picture with us. How could we say no?
A little part of D fell in love with an employee and begged me to get a sneaky shot which I reluctantly took ><.
Long story short, this is how the day ended.
Definitely a day I won’t soon forget. Thanks D!
As it turns out D is running a tour of Shinjuku and Tokyo at large. We talked a lot about potential Japan Runaway Tours and how we could collaborate. If you’re interested in touring Japan with D and I on a budget, let me know in the comments below!