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Northern Japan

What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.

Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.

With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.

Day Twenty: Uneventfully Productive

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

The day was poorly tracked --

Awake: 3PM (11 hours sleep)… a delivery guy came at 9:30AM and banged loudly on the door, I woke and then went back to sleep -- I'm guessing that's why I slept so long? I gave half a thought to getting up at 9:30, which would have been five hours of sleep, but didn't do it.

4:10PM: Slowly getting ready, a little thinking, doing lots of stretching out of my muscles, shower and cleaning up.

Today I've got scheduled calls at 7PM and 11PM. I can…

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