Hakuba, Japan. Pic: Angie Davis.

Hakuba, Japan. Pic: Angie Davis.

We finally made it to Japan, touching down a couple weeks back just in time for my 35th birthday. In what was kind of an anti-climax to the #crossingasia voyage, we decided to fly to Japan from Chengdu, in China, instead of take the ferry from Shanghai to Osaka, because quite frankly we were running out of budget and the boat was significantly more expensive than flying.

As vegans, we were also starving in China, a country that is definitely not ready to adopt the concept of taking meat out of anything, let alone creating stand-alone vegetarian dishes or anything vegan. The decision to fly the last leg, after traveling almost the entire route across six countries overland (bar the India to Thailand flight - unavoidable) was completely sporadic. We were cold, almost broke, and hungry one afternoon in Chengdu after arriving by overnight train and a few scrolls of my Instagram feed's #japow hashtags, plus a quote from the ferry company (over $1000 for the four of us to travel 48hours from Shanghai to Osaka sleeping on the floor), was enough to have me searching, and booking, the flights.

Giant Panda toddlers at the Chengdu Panda Research Base, China. Pic: Angie Davis

Giant Panda toddlers at the Chengdu Panda Research Base, China. Pic: Angie Davis

To be honest, I wanted to get the boat, for half the price. But in life, sometimes we don't get what we want, we get what we need. Instead we high-tailed it to Japan, Remy and I spent two days in Tokyo together, without kids (who went to visit their father) for the first time in over three months, then we all took the bus to Hakuba and within days were shredding powder on the mountains and soaking in hot springs. The lesson: be strict, but flexible, in life, and thou shall be rewarded.

Tokyo, always an action packed yet short visit. Pic: Angie Davis

Tokyo, always an action packed yet short visit. Pic: Angie Davis

So this is just a quick post to say HI, we made it, and we are now busy editing all our vlogs from the trip and writing articles to post and share! The Freeride World Tour is also in Hakuba this week and I've been on the mountain doing some media work for Evergreen Outdoor Centre, excitedly soaking up the action from all the shredders in the village and keeping my eyes peeled for Travis Rice, who has received a Wild Card entry to the Main Event, which is currently on hold until the snow dumps next week.

Luke Smith from Evergreen Alpine Academy on his 3rd place victory run in the Freeride World Tour Hakuba Qualifier.

Luke Smith from Evergreen Alpine Academy on his 3rd place victory run in the Freeride World Tour Hakuba Qualifier.

Thanks for your patience with the Vlogs, they're coming, I promise.

Arigatou gozaimasu!

Angie x

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