The Kimochi Warui Diary
As we made our way to the train station, I couldn’t help thinking I was wrong about today. Would it have been better to see Tashirojima, even if it meant changing our plans?
While I plan to visit Japan again in the future, how about Jotaro? Does he wish his only time in Japan was better spent doing something more memorable? I even forced him to sit in a Starbucks while I wasted time with Yuno.
I was sifting through thoughts as we boarded the train. My thinking was interrupted when, in front of us, a young man craned his head around his seat and began talking to us. He looked somewhat Asian—maybe less than half—but he was darker than your average Japanese.
After introducing himself, he revealed he wasn’t Japanese at all, but from Nepal.
“You guys are far from Tokyo,” he said.
“I’ve got no idea where we are,” Jotaro said with a laugh. Somehow, none of Jotaro’s usual aura was surrounding him when he talked to this stranger.
They got to talking and our Nepalese friend revealed that he was actually a Sherpa. His job back home was to guide hikers climbing through the Himalayas.
“I’ve hiked some mountains back home,” Jotaro said. “But nothing like those. You hike through them a lot?”
“Sure, but just the beginning part. It’s way too advanced for me after that.” The Sherpa laughed. “The more skilled climbers handle the rest of the tour.”
They spoke some more about travelling and hiking. Eventually, Jotaro asked him about Mt Fuji.
“Unfortunately, now isn’t a good season to climb Fuji… It gets quite cold this time of year.”
I used this as a chance to drag out some feelings.
“That sucks,” I said to Jotaro. “Maybe climbing Fuji would have been pretty cool?”
“Probably,” he said.
“Maybe we made a mistake visiting this late in the year…” Again, my failure to plan had ruined many opportunities.
“It’s whatever,” he said. “It’s all new to me anyways, so I can’t complain.”
If that were true then, even without Tashirojima, the trip wasn’t a disappointment!
Still—this trip wasn’t about me. It was about both of us since the moment I invited him to come with me.
I vowed from that moment that I would find a way to make it up to him!