04 Jun 2021, 12:36

Eye Gazing with one hundred people #eyegazing100

June 5th, 2021 (土) I plan to go to Shibuya to offer Free Eye Gazing with anyone who is interested. I don’t guess that I will connect with 100 people tomorrow, but I can certainly put the word out and connect with that many over the month of June, I imagine.

Gather online #eyegazing100






6 June 2021: 11% complete!

Not including people I know, I shared eye gazing moments with 11 people yesterday!

04 Jun 2021, 11:36

What is Eye Gazing?


What is Eye Gazing?

Eye gazing is the act of looking into someone’s eyes
for an extended amount of time.

It’s a powerful, intimate practice that can
help you become closer to another person.

Even if it lasts for only a few seconds,
eye gazing can trigger a personal connection.

Eye gazing with loved ones is beneficial
for fostering even deeper connections.

The experience is different for everyone.
Know yourself and others more.
Accept yourself and others.

Allow the world to become more familiar.

Try eye gazing with your friends and loved ones.



17 May 2021, 16:12

Pulling stories together

It has taken me a full week to get back into a mode that I can post about the walk in any kind of reasonable way.

Klaus summed it up, saying I had lost an identity of being the guy walking across Japan. There is grief in losing that part of myself.

10 May 2021, 10:24

recovery after walking across Japan

Wow yeah it’s like I’m just glad it’s over, sad it’s over, and not really sure how to integrate all the pieces.

Plus picking up the pieces of broken stories to put into one coherent narrative..

There were lots of times that I found things on the map that I thought would be really cool and then they simply were not as cool and as I expected.

  • This or that park / garden
  • Planet Restroom

And then there were some things I had no idea I would see that were really quite cool.

  • Abandoned hotel in Sarugakyo Onsen area
  • Collapsible walls next to the highway.
  • A trash collector at the end of a small river.
  • Guest House Googoo is little brother to delicious Italian restaurant Googoo
16:17 Monday 17 May 2021 JST

The key takeaways were that nothing really matters. And everything matters. And so we tie that together by saying, Do what you want to do, because everything matters. And do whatever you want to do. Because nothing matters. So you might as well do what you want.

If you do a journey like this and feel inspired to do whatever whatever, make your plans, have the support of the community and go alone.

While it was great to have Jason’s strength to help carry my bag over the mountain, at the same time, having him there affected how I participated in the trip. I felt pulled by that fact that he was there “waiting” for me at any given point that I was doing whatever I want to do. And I, yeah, I kept thinking that he was wasting his time waiting for me. And I was wasting my time by not doing everything that I may have done.

It’s maybe it’d be maybe different if we were in a relationship together, like a couple could bring themselves closer together through the stress of this type of journey, or split themselves apart. But anyway, if it’s a solo journey, make it a solo journey.

Each interaction becomes fresh and history-less. Without history,

as Emico was saying, part of enlightenment comes from being outside of the matrix where you can do whatever you want.

And maybe that’s why I didn’t schedule regular daily check-ins that Craig Mod is doing like every 5pm he does a 30 minute call or something.

Maybe that’s a good balance and getting the community involved. But I wasn’t wasn’t always able to do it.

09 May 2021, 16:28

arriving at the goal

2021 may 09 lin hugs rob

2021 may 09 buy 2021 may 09 map screenshot almost there 2021 may 09 selfie near bridge 2021 may 09 selfie at final barrier 2021 may 09 barrier waves 2021 may 09 barriers 2021 may 09 goal hiro mika lin

2021 may 09 lin francois rob 2021 may 09 lin hugs rob 2021 may 09 rob niigata coast

09 May 2021, 12:38

François on stairs

2021 may 08 François on stairs with bridge visible 2021 may 08 François on stairs with bag visible

PS the coordinates listed are kind of off.

09 May 2021, 12:35

Shinanogawaohashi has stairs

I made it to the bridge with stairs going up, the final interesting point that I planned to visit before embarking on this quest.

2021 may 08 François on sign for three rivers 2021 may 08 approaching the bridge 2021 may 08 bottom of the steps 2021 may 08 looking up the steps 2021 may 08 rob and flower collector

09 May 2021, 06:01

Creative force

Last night my computer kept shutting down which I assume is caused by faulty interaction with the new battery. I woke up early to try to open the case and take out the battery but was not able to do it because of Apple’s use of pentalobe screws. Ugh.

I tried super gluing my pen cap into the screw but the glue wasn’t strong enough. I tried using my knife from Bill to carve the pen cap into the right shape but wasn’t able to do it.

While in the creative mode, I realized I could use the tape to make a cover for the camera which I used to take photos of the whole operation which I cannot currently put up on my website now because my computer is not working.

I wish I had asked Lin to bring my new computer from home which I have a 2% hope that she did anyway without me asking.

In any case here’s the picture I was able to take and upload with my phone.

2021 may 08 made lens cap for camera

09 May 2021, 05:54

hanging out with Daisuke and Hiroe at Googoo

2021 may 08 François with ice cream 2021 may 08 François too much to drink 2021 may 08 daisuke hiroe rob

08 May 2021, 18:49

Great time with Daisuke and Hiroe at Googoo

Googoo is the sound of an empty stomach and of deep sleep. So what better name to use for a restaurant and guest house?

Located just two minutes apart by foot, Googoo Restaurant and Googoo Guest House are a delicious and clean combo for Italian food and place to sleep off the meal and ample drinks.

Daisuke and Hiroe are also backpackers, heading for months long adventures in different places around the world. We have some overlap in South America and Rapa Nui.

While writing this entry, I got another full glass of umeshu. And they have ice cream… Yikes stripes! Will I wake up in time tomorrow?

2021 may 08 guest house googoo entrance

2021 may 08 restaurant googoo

2021 may 08 François with umeshu

2021 may 08 daisuke working at googoo


Oh my goodness, they picked up my tab at the restaurant. So generous!

Daisuke had said 遊び来てね! and that 遊び is what made me think it would be worth it to take my tired butt over there. So worth it indeed! We had great conversations about travel and he asked world-traveler type questions, including “what prompted you to stay in Japan?”

Really super best of alll the places I have stayed. Apa was 3700 cheap and impersonal. Googoo was just 5000 yen and included dinner and hours of great friendly conversation!