Hi friends. If you want to read a cool fictionalized travel article about a trip I went on to Japan last year you should head on over to wanderingeducators.com. This article was super fun to write and different from my usual blog posts because it incorporates history, fiction, and travel writing. All of which are some of my favorite things! Anyways… here is the beginning and to read the full article click here.
The Shadow of the Samurai
After the morning rain, the afternoon sun struggles to push its way out of the thick fog covering the mountains. My sister and I, umbrella in hand, walk side by side, jumping occasionally to dodge the puddles in the road.
Aside from our occasional laughter, it’s eerily quiet. The only other people around are various shopkeepers in their old wooden storefronts. One Japanese man uses a small broom to sweep water off his porch. He smiles kindly as we pass.
We are walking the Nakasendo Trail. During the Edo period in Japan, this was one of the five routes to connect Edo (today’s Tokyo) to Kyoto. Its height during the 17th century would have looked like the polar opposite of how it does now. The streets were crowded with travelers, merchants and traders, feudal lords, and of course, samurai warriors… all on a 27 day trek across Japan.
Want to read the rest?? https://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/shadow-of-the-samurai.html
Thanks for reading and happy travels XX – Iz