What is Frame of Travel? To answer this question, we have to go to back to where it all started.
As far back as I could remember, I was fascinated with exploring the world around me. As a 5 year old kid, I would wander around the neighborhood in search of adventure and imagine myself being in a different world. You could say that the primary influence of this was video games such as Final Fantasy, Bubble Bobble, and the Legend of Zelda, however movies such as the Indiana Jones trilogy, The Goonies, and fantasies such as Conan and Willow opened my eyes to the passion in my heart.
I would run in the fields of playgrounds and imagine myself a hero in a grand adventure, crawl through the bushes in the local park and pretend that I was the first to set foot in an unexplored land, and get bummed out that I was restricted to the grounds of my school and local park.
As I grew up though, I got more adventurous and began to push myself even further. At thirteen, I began to hike the local hills and trek through some of the local nature parks in the Southern California area. Not satisfied with this, I explored even further and got into urban exploration and began to head into the sewers of the city and into abandoned buildings in the deserts. Unfortunately, by the time I hit my 20’s, I felt I had explored all I was going to explore in my area. Stuck with a 9 to 5 job, I was relegated to putting my passion for exploration on the back seat as I worked to make a living.
This continued for a long time, until I finally got the chance to visit Japan in 2009 thanks to the faith and kindness of one of my mentors. When I arrived and stepped out of the bus in Tokyo, all these feelings that I set aside for the longest time suddenly came rushing back. This was a new world to me and this was a chance to relive the feelings that I had as a child once again. A few years later, I got the chance to live in Japan and I made sure that I never wasted a moment.
Since I arrived, I have been on a variety of adventures and travels all throughout the Japanese archipelago. In total, I have visited around 40 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, climbed Mt. Fuji 7 times from the ocean, hiked a variety of mountains in the Kanto area, and participated in many festivals. I’m always in anticipation of my next trek out into the wild and always excited to find new things, whether they are out in the thick of a forest or around the corner in the city.
However, even though I have this huge sense of exploration, I have noticed that others enjoy a much different side of Japan. First-time travelers to Japan are in awe of Asakusa’s Senso-ji, Tokyo SkyTree, and Shibuya, while others are enamored with the otaku scenes of Akihabara and Nakano Broadway. Although I enjoy visiting these places, I am not as passionate as others in regards to the nightlife atmosphere and otaku lifestyle. This made me realize that we all enjoy being Japan in our own way. The way I see Japan is much different than what others see Japan as and the way I travel throughout Japan is my own.
This is my Frame of Mind. This is my Frame of Travel.
My way of thinking, combined with my sense of exploration and travel.
Through this website I want to share my expeditions throughout this beautiful country and allow you all to hopefully get a glimpse of what it is like to see Japan through my eyes, my passion. I will try to update as much as possible and to create content that is both interesting and keeps you coming back for more. Now that I’ve written my piece, I hope this was able to answer your question on “What is Frame of Travel?”
If the sporadic posts are not enough and you want to reach out to me directly, make sure to visit me on my Twitter account at @frameoftravel and on my Instagram account where I post pictures of my adventures throughout Japan daily.
Thank you for reading and until next time, farewell.