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.