A few weeks ago, two fellow students here at Hokkaido University and I walked from the uni to the closest coast. That’s 15km in one direction. We stayed the night on the beach, and then walked back the next day. I never knew walking could be so painful…
Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Route: From Hokkaido University to Ishikari Bay, following Shin-kawa river on the way there, and Yasuharu River on the way back.
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In English – What is adventure?
When we were children, every day was an adventure. Every day there was something new. Something to explore. Something unknown. Something to expand our horizons. As we grew older and our surroundings became familiar, our immediate horizons becoming clearly defined, many of us accepted these surroundings. We settled on a comfortable reality. Gone was the need for adventure. This version of reality, we came to believe, was universal and safe and calm. But with this belief came a lie. A lie that said there is nothing new yet to see. A lie that said that adventure was either impractical or impossible. And as the lie seeped into our bones, creativity, life, and zest cowered within the depths of our souls, afraid to bathe in the light of a more fulfilling take on reality. A reality in which curiosity and creativity shines. A reality where risk is beautiful, and horizons are boundless. Humanity is embraced in this reality. Suffering, joy, fatigue, life. All colors of existence are experienced and drawn upon, with the grand effect of empowering the individual and communities to recreate visions of humanity with open-mindedness as the norm.
Japan needs this. Japan needs a generation of young people who are adventurous. Who re-discover a thirst for the unknown. Who are not adverse to embracing the fear of leaving the comfortable confines of their known reality. When there is a generation of Japanese who are willing to settle not for the status-quo but for change, that is when Japan will shine.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Our first step towards this vision is the concept of micro-adventures. Pick a nice day, pack what you need into a rucksack, go somewhere you’ve never been before. By human power. Challenge yourself. Rediscover the fact that ‘you can’.