Kintaro Walks Japan

I recently returned home after having walked the 2000 miles length of Japan. ‘Why?’ you ask. Well, there are a few reasons.

My first trip to Japan in 2002 led me on a fairytale-like escapade through the rolling Japanese countryside. My new friend Kobo The Clown dubbed me Kintaro, which means ‘golden boy’ because of my crazy blond Californian locks. Kintaro is a legendary boy who was known to have great strength, wrestle bears, and befriend all the animals of the forest. Kobo took me to his clown commune where I spent two days balancing on the tight rope, learning to toss Japanese clowns, and drifting off to sleep to the sound of clattering juggling pins. Japan and I were instant friends, and I had to go back.

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