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Irishman Walking

Location: Living in Tokyo, Japan

Member Since: July 2013

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Author's Bio:  Michael Denis Crossey (Ph.D.) is a somewhat disorganized yet, coherent, tidy, clean, healthy and happy Irishman with few regrets. Michael has lived his life somewhat backwards (e.g. travelled, worked, educated, born, and reborn, etc.,). In general, his views and outlooks on life are quite open minded and liberal. Also, he has a very good sense of humor and loves the company of similar minded people. Michael is also a lover of hiking, long distance cycling, camping and large (American style) motorbikes, to name a few interests. An outdoor lover to say the least! These are all the more worthwhile when done with someone you are comfortable with. Right? When Michael has free time he just loves getting away from Tokyo (on a bicycle or on his motorbike) to some relaxing and interesting place. If that is not possible, then he loves to talk to friends. Michael told me that he honestly does not know what friends say about him. They may say many things, or at least he hoped they thought about him, and that he hoped so as he thought about them. Or like Oscar Wilde once said: "The only thing worse in the world than being talked about is not being talked about." So true! On the whole, Michael thought better of those people who talked directly to his face than behind his back. What makes Michael happy is a sense of achievement in all things he sets out to accomplish. He wonders if this also includes that thing called 'love'? What makes him upset or frustrated? Stupid people -- racists, bigots, and warmongers, or even the blood and gore in war movies. On the other hand, Michael has so many favorite movies, he told me that two come to mind: 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' (1955), staring Jennifer Jones and William Holden; and 'Roman Holiday' (1953), with Audrey Hepburn, his favorite actress. Not to forget Gregory Peck. Michael liked this film as he felt it is about prejudice and overcoming it regardless of the consequences. Of course, the reason why one likes a film so much can really be so personal.  Favorite music? Michael likes many kinds of music. Perhaps classical is foremost among his favorites as it can be very relaxing and thought provoking. Also, movie theme music really brings memories flowing back -- times, people, places, etc. And how he longed for those yesterdays again! As to favorite animals, Michael likes all animals, especially dogs. It is said that a man's best friend is his dog, right? In recent years had brought an enormous burst of energy and ideas out of Michael to see Japan proper.  His stay in Japan stimulated inspiration enough to do something big. To many people this might have meant making pot loads of money. For Michael, however, he told me that he hated that necessary evil, money. Nothing was free in Japan, and everything had its price. Books, which he loved to read, were not exactly cheap in Japan. However, it the books were enlightening then it was money well spent. Books were what had initially sparked his interest in the country. Thanks to books, too, an appreciation for nature added to his growing intellectual curiosity on the culture. Therefore, Michael liked to think that books had served him well in his scholarly inquisitive quest for that thing called,  ‘self-improvement’. Of course, self-improvement was an ambiguous term, as it meant so many different things to different people. On top of the books, or rather what he got from them, his travels around the world served to reinforce his confidence in life, in people, and in himself. The sights and sounds, and experiences gained on Michael’s travels confirmed in him a dedication to put what he could down on paper as a profession. Some people might have seen Michael’s writing as a mere compilation of daily articles. Perhaps there was some truth here, however, he has tried to extend his hand to his readers to have them experience life on the roads with him through his words. The pages in this journal that follow described his time on the road in the context of nature, people, attitude, traditions, and institutions, etc. ‘Irishman Walking’, the name given to Michael’s journal, was about walking the coastal roads of Japan through a series of summer, winter, spring, and autumn stages.


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