I wanted to post a lot about the journey to Akame Falls, but time is slipping away fast, so I’ll just post a little. There is a concept of “unfortunate age” in Japan. Mine has just ended on my birthday (Saturday). Normally I give little credence to such ideas but, although I have received many blessings over the last year, there were also a few difficult trials. Additionally, bad habits crept in and old habits are rearing their ugly faces. Desiring to leave all this behind and desiring a symbol of that change, I shaved my head on Friday night around midnight. Here is a photo with my sandogasa on to protect my bare head from sunburn.
Future posts will have more detail about more signs of change, how to find a barber at midnight, and some photos. Please be patient, as Thursday through Sunday are once again insanely busy this week.