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The Long Walk 
Thursday January 27th, 2011 21:14
Ohta Kouzou
At noon on December 31, 2009, I set out from my home in Nakano to my uncle's house in Kunitachi, on foot. The plan was to walk the approximately 25 km and arrive in time for New Year's Eve dinner and celebrations. I figured it would be a good way to end the year, and would afford me a good chance to reflect on my first months in Japan. Unfortunately weighed down my laptop, and misjudging my walking speed I decided to give up around Musashi-Koganei so I would not be too late. The next day I did walk the Musashi-Koganei to Kunitachi path to symbolically complete my journey, but the fact that I didn't I actually complete the walk in one shot was a bit of a bummer. I also spent most of 2010 claiming I had walked from Nakano to Kunitachi which, in light of the facts, wasn't quite true. (Although Nakano to Musashi-Koganei is plenty crazy.)

All that changed today, and I can now claim to have walked from my house in Nakano to Hitotsubashi University in Kunitachi. Thursdays are when Hitotsubashi Debate has their weekly practices, so I figured I might use that as an opportunity to walk to Kunitachi. I left the house at 10:30 and ducked through the back gate of Hitotsubashi's East campus at 15:32. The walk to Hitotsubashi is a couple of kilometers shorter than the walk to my uncle's house, but still measures at a robust 22 km according to Google Maps. I took a couple of short breaks to stretch and drink some water, but I was outside the whole time.

I had gotten on campus in plenty of time to catch the 16:30 start time of the practice, but after sitting and resting my legs for an hour I found out that practice had been cancelled. So I took my tired legs and rode the Chuo line to Koenji, where I decided to reward myself with a bowl of Kururi ramen at the Koenji Ramen Street. Then I tacked on an extra 3 km to my odometer by walking home from there. All in all, not a bad day.
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