Oh, kind, forgiving readers, I must apologize. All this talk about Hokkaido and I haven't even done you the courtesy of showing you a map. Here's Japan's northernmost main island, Hokkaido. I chose it for its great summer climate and many hitchhiking-friendly rural roads. Kind, welcoming people and beautiful landscapes were a wonderful bonus. Special thanks to MS Paint for the stylish text-box and awesome red circle.
Paradise is a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless.
I am 27, and recently returned from Japan, where I taught English for a year at an amazing school in Kawasaki. After teaching, I embarked on a month-long hitchhiking trip, about which you are hopefully reading.