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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

Wishboards outside the shrine. Click to enlarge

heard me? Had I really aroused their attention, or had it gone straight to answerphone? As (technically speaking) a Christian, would I be reconnected to God at 40 sins a minute? Sadly, these are ultimate questions that will never be answered, just like my wish.

Back in the sane world, there was a wishboard outside on which, for further financial outlay (I