Charles Harries

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I'm a software developer working on the web in the North East of England.

I write software at NHS Digital. Previously I worked at Komodo Digital in Newcastle and Creator in Castle Eden. After hours I write a bit of Go, watch more movies than I ought to, and read less than I should.

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Week 43

The first day of summer, coming surprisingly late to northeastern Hokkaido.


Week 40

Oliver let me tag along on an excursion to see what was left of the rail line that used to run through Yubetsu.

Week 39

I drove Penelope the AZ-Wagon around the whole perimeter of Hokkaido to see what else was out there.


Week 36

Tooling around Maruseppu in Penelope the AZ-Wagon.

Week 35

Much ado about melting snow; the gang comes across a pair of abandoned cars.

Week 34

The first days of spring are coming to Hokkaido.


Week 31

Coming back from Pippu, I am struck by the first blue sky I've seen in what feels like months.


Week 29

Skiing at Kurodake and my first visit to the Sounkyo Ice Festival.

Week 28

A trip on the icebreaking ship Aurora to see the sea ice on the Sea of Okhotsk.

Week 27

Back to Yamabiko-no-taki in wintertime to see the frozen waterfall.

Week 26

In Iwamizawa, I experience my first (and thus far only) earthquake, and we drive home through thick snow.


Week 25

A bit about Hokkaido in the dark on a quiet evening.

Week 24

Going out skiing at Piyashiri, trying to leave anxiety behind me.

Week 23

A brief layover in Osaka on the way back from the States leads to some real soul-searching on trains.



Week 19

Much ado about a bunch of snow. I guess I'm not used to quite this much snow.

Week 18

The night of the rented Higashikawa cabin, and the emotional aftermath.

Week 17

The days are approaching their shortest; winter is well & truly here & boy is it dark.


Week 16

The winter is starting to settle in. I celebrate American Thanksgiving with friends in Monbetsu.

Week 15

In which the author rambles a little bit.

Week 14

A belated Halloween party, home from which we took the low roads over the mountain passes.

Week 13

More urbex at the Kampo-no-yado Sounkyo, a semi-destroyed hotel by the side of the road just outside of Kamikawa.


Week 12

Konomai, the first time I explored some abandoned infrastructure that marks so much of the face of Hokkaido.

Week 11

The first abortive trip up Shari-dake, accompanied by a quartet of Kiwis, ending in a mad rush down the mountainside after hours of beating through the wilderness.

Week 10

Yamabiko-no-taki, my first encounter with a higuma, a drive on a forest road, and karaoke with the Monbetsu folks.

Week 9

A trip to Nitori, a night in Asahikawa, and a trip to Tenninkyo

Week 8

Hauling Renyu on a mikoshi through Kamiyubetsu.


Week 7

The Sapporo Welcome Party: the Bier Garten, Susukino, A-Life.

Week 6

On the relationship between Japaneseness and my foreignness, and remotely about a house party.

Week 5

A dairy farm, climbing Meakan-dake, the Eastern Welcome Party.

Week 4

The Northern Welcome Party in Kembuchi.


Week 3

Arriving in Japan, Tokyo Orientation, the train up to Yubetsu, and my first days at work.