Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sado Island

After a day spent at the famous Nikko shrines among frightening amounts of tourists I used my Japan Railways Pass (an absolute must for any foreigner) to get as far from the madding crowd as possible. I ended up on Sado Island which used to be a penal colony in the Sea of Japan. Not only were there no tourists, there didn't seem to be any other people either.
For lunch I had a packet of crispy dried fish and a couple of cans of Sapporo from a lonely vending machine. I have to say I quite liked the isolation and the rusty, run down stark beauty of the island. If the Japanese ever get bored of teeny bob pop they'll invent grunge in a place like Sado.