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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

much so, as at one point sitting down and watching tuna go round we all found ourselves with eyes closed and nodding off.

We left Osaka and carried onto Kyoto, where we would be overnighting. We selected a guesthouse called Tani house that was miles out - we had to cab it to get there - but what a place!

It was a traditional minshuku, an old wooden building, cold, weathered and beaten, surrounded outside by bamboo trees and rooms kitted out with tatami mats. we had another large room between 5 for only 2000 Yen each with 5 futons laid out around a low central table. The sweet old landlady brought us green tea when we arrived, along with a plate of biscuits and cake, and a free calendar. Bless!

Town was too far to reach, so we went out locally to a Korean barbeque establishment where you could order plates of fresh meat (from various inventive parts of a cow) and veg and fry them in front of you. Tak was in his element with authentic Korean Kimchi and cow guts on offer. Dan was pretty unlucky, having only fried onion, pepper and salad to "feast" on, but that's the price you pay if you suffer from an affliction such as vegetarianism.

We were all pretty knackered, and didn't wish to