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!
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!