Logistics and Explanations – My Own Little Whitepaper

I’ve received many requests to explain the logistics of the trip as it’s planned thus far. So, I wrote this post for all of you who want to know more about me and my reasoning for this trip. I’ll try to make this quick and short for easy reading!

A statue in Hagi, Yamaguchi, JapanWhat is it?

Location: Japan. Specifically around Shikoku, then to Kyoto, and then from there to Tokyo and back to Kyoto.
Distance: Around 2,500 km (1,500 miles)
Budget: Roughly 550,000円 ($5,500)
Departure Date: March 1st, 2011
Arrival Date: Between July 1st and July 20th
Distance per day: Between 15km/day and 20km/day (7 miles/day and 14 miles/day)

Why do it?

I touched on this with the mission statements. There are really a few goals.

  • To help other people – This entails finding every possible way I could help people from helping people I know to random acts of kindness. I’m not trying to save the world with this trip, simply trying to be more spontaneous with compassion.
  • To prove I can do it – I want to prove to myself that it is possible, and along with this I want to prove to others the same goal. It isn’t the longest hike ever, or even the longest hike in Japan. However I believe it is unique in it’s goals and configuration. That uniqueness is key. Instead of doing exactly as someone else has done before, I’m tweaking things I’ve seen from the past to fit my dream.
  • To provide a path for others - I want this trip to be  in writing, on video, and on Twitter. From there, I want to give others the chance to create their own unique journey and enable those dreams as much as I can.
  • To work on my Japanese - One of my goals in life is to become fluent in Japanese and French. My Japanese has steadily worked up to conversation level, and I want to take it much further than that!

Any other questions?

I hope that makes a few things clear. If anyone has anymore questions, I would love to answer them! My next few posts will be more about my research and a more thorough essay on enabling the dreams of others. I will keep this one open to editing if anyone has any ideas of what I should add! I look forward to hearing from you!

4 comments

  1. jeannetto

    I was thinking the other day if you considered how many more calories you’ll need to consume b/c youre walking all day. If you want to build muscles and not become emaciated. What do you plan on eating everyday!?

    • Krijali

      That’s a very good question. I’ve read estimates that 3000 calories is good if you want to gain muscle while backpacking. And that gets much bigger the higher the altitude change (Mt Fuji!! bwaaaaa!) But I haven’t figured that out yet. Obviously I need something healthy and full of calories. A good mix of raw nuts would be perfect – yet that’s impossible to find in Japan. hmm, I’ll have to think about that.

  2. jeannetto

    Aww, I was hoping you wouldnt be depending on a bag of granola and snacky (albeit healthy) food! I think you should map out places to eat and maybe cook a lot of rice. I dont eat meat, but some chicken or yaki niku every other day sounds good. I feel like you could easily become undernourished and tired. It’s hard b/c there isnt a lot of choice here, but you dont want to be depending on packs of peanuts and onigiri. Learn to gut a fish this summer! (BTW, camping plans are on their way…)

    • Krijali

      Yeah you have a good point. Granola is full of nutrition but it’d be a lot better with protein. I’m trying to come up with the most economic and natural way to go about this trip. boiling my own rice would take too long though. I need high calorie and high protein food. Real granola, jerkey, fruit and veggies would be ideal but that’s impossible here. I would love to learn how to gut a fish though, that’d be so useful.

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