As I write this, I’m currently sat in my favourite place in Yokohama’s Chinatown, enjoying an excellent chai latte. I’m here – instead of a more local café – because recently I’m trying to break out of my routine and be more spontaneous. It’s been more than a month since term started again and I quickly settled back into doing the same old thing. After spending a summer stuck in one place, I became determined to spoil myself during the autumn.
Due to that fact, on one September Sunday, I hopped on a train to Odawara without much deliberation. I’ve been through Odawara Station before in order to get to Hakone but I hadn’t actually visited the city itself. I wanted to change that, and I realised that I didn’t have to wait for an excuse.