Day 0 – Start walking tomorrow :)

So it’s finally time for me to leave Tokyo, and to make my first steps towards Sendai. I’ve had an incredible week meeting with so many friends, catching up, sharing stories of growth, love and change, and taking in the busyness that is Japan’s major cities. On top of that, I’ve had the opportunity to mellow in the stillness of some of the parks and temples scattered around Tokyo and Kyoto offering a quiet refuge for people like me, often overwhelmed by the cities.

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I’ve been hesitant to leave, worrying about what could happen, but deep down in my heart I know I will be ok. I’ve been excited and anxiously awaiting this day for a long time, and it’s finally here.

My current plan is to walk to Sendai and arrive by the 6th of August. My purpose is to travel along the coast of Japan, to see the damage caused by the tsunami, and to hear the precious stories of some of the strongest people on the Earth. Not only did they endure a terrifying earthquake and powerful tsunami, but everyday now face the fear of radiation from Fukushima and it’s possible effects on not only their lives, but of their future children, an invisible, ferrying enemy.

I have already had several amazing conversations, one with an incredible homeless man in Shinjuku, who was living a normal life until the economic system collapsed and he was forced into a cardboard box without food, and one with a maid in Akihabara who was from Fukushima, experienced the tsunami and the radiation fears, and lives now with a massive smile on her face regardless.

To say the least, my time in Japan so far has been incredibly fruitful. I’ve had an abundance of incredible conversations, have influenced and have been influenced already by so many people, I’d be happy to go home now a changed person. But there is still so much more to come.

The 6th of August, my arrival date, is the special Tanabata festival, and it would be my pleasure if I can share this special day with my beautiful friends in Sendai and reflect on the adventure I will have had.

Tanabata is also a time to write wishes, so today, before I left, I left my Tanabata wishes on a tree at the Tokyo Information Centre for Tourists. It was kindly translated by Risa Hikichi, who I am glad to feel the honesty of my words and translate them so accurately.

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I wish that both Japanese and Western people can learn from what took place in Fukushima, and that we, the people of the world, can take positive steps forward to creating a more loving and caring world that nurtures each other, and the world’s beautiful environment.
私は、日本人と外国人の両方が福島で起きたことから学び、私たちと世界の人々が、お互いを愛し、思いあう美しい世界を創るための前向きなステップを取ることができればいいと願っています。

I wish that even after such an event, humanity can all continue to smile and love one another, grow and be appreciative of the beautiful planet we have been blessed to live on.
私はこのような出来事の後、全ての人々がお互いに笑顔でいてお互いに愛し続け、共に成長し、私たちが生きているこの恵みにあふれている美しい地球に感謝できることを願っています。

I wish that my travel will be successful, that I can touch the hearts of all of those I meet and spread my beautiful love of the world. I also wish that my heart may be open and willing to be touched by all of those I meet on my travels, and that I may continue to grow and truly learn to follow my heart.
私は出会う全ての人々の心に寄り添い、世界中の人々に私の美しい愛を広めこの旅を終えたいと願っています。私の心が旅で出会う全てのことにひらかれて感動を覚え、成長を続け、私の本当の心に添って学べることを願っています。
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Deep down, I do pray that I will have safety over my trip, and that I will have the ability to touch the hearts of those affected by one of the worst disasters to date.

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8 Responses to Day 0 – Start walking tomorrow :)

  1. secretsunday says:

    Oh man still rocking your 爱 Japan shirt, I love it. Following you on WordPress right now, am very excited to be able to read about your travels Aaron!

    • amorellini says:

      3 Years old now but it holds a very special meaning to me 🙂
      I’m spreading the love 🙂
      Thanks for following 😀

  2. Aaron, you’re crazy!! I love it! !! 🙂 🙂
    Safe travels.

    • amorellini says:

      Thanks Grace!!! If you hadn’t got me so head over heels in love with Japannthrough Jass I wouldn’t be in this predicament!!! 😛

  3. Safe travels my friend!
    How exciting! !!

  4. photomarcs says:

    Hey Aaron!

    Who’d have thought the dude I met on my way to the city playing guitar on the train would be doing something so inspiring! Good luck on your adventure and be sure to do no less than be the inspiration you are. 🙂

  5. Angela Morellini says:

    Keep going Aaron.

    Your smile and enthusiasm is an inspiration
    to us all. Anything is possible when you set uour mind to it.

    GO AARON!

    love mum

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