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Januray 25th - National Broadcast NHK Tokimeki Interview

Pictures of our day at national broadcaster NHK Radio's studios in Shibuya.
Our hour at NHK's studio proved to be one of the best experiences we have had so far. Apart from what has to be one of the most spectacular views of all of Tokyo from the studio window we got to spend time with 2 of radio's most popular presenters who made us feel welcome and relaxed from the start, and who asked questions that we hadn't had the chance to even think about until now. After the hustle of the past week, it was a nice and suprisingly reflective time that brought back many of the best memories from the challenge. It also reminded me that I really must pull my finger out and get writing those blogs. I am still in Niigata! As soon as we touch down in OZ, they will start popping out, so keep visiting!

Thanks Murakami san, Kanzaki san and Nishimura san for an unforgettable day.

posted by Mick and Miki Tan @ 4:22 AM, ,

Japan Tennis Association Manner Kids Program

Japan Tennis Association (JTA), through the support of Mr Joji Shimizu of West Green Tennis Club, have kindly been supporting the Pongo Hogo Hogo Challenge, by raising awareness and funds through their Manner Kids Program which aims to foster good behaviour and manner through tennis. Having played tennis since before we could walk, we have been enjoying meeting the kids and look forward to working with them in the coming months.

If you are based in Japan and work for a primary school or private club and would like information regarding the Manner Kids program, please contact us through this site and we will endevour to put you in touch with the right people.

Thank you JTA for your kind support through out our challenge!

posted by Mick and Miki Tan @ 4:08 AM, ,

Crazy Days!

It has been a whirlwind 10 days since we stepped foot back in our house, the pace of which has almost made us wish we were back walking on the stilts.
Day 1 - Brilliant welcome home party with our great mates, Steve, Ai, Darrell, Nobuko, Robbie,
Miya and Kade, Matt, Chris, Tony, Sumina, Josh, Alex, and a little boxing freak.
Day 2 - Recovery and more recovery.
Day 3 - Paper Boy drives through our front garage, while asleep in the front seat.
Wakes to a sunburned couple waving worn stilts in his direction. What have you done!!
Day 4 - Why is our electricity all funny? Tokyo Electricity discovers our power has been pulled
out in the accident, along with the power pole in front of our house.
Day 5 - Interview with GARRRV Outdoor Magazine to be released later this month.
Day 6 - Radio Interview with Okayama Radio - Lovely to do the interview from our own home,
even if it was a little more crumpled than usual.
Day 7 - 9 Article for Tokyo's OUTDOOR JAPAN magazine. How do you fit 6 months of stories
into 1500 words? Find out in next months issue.
Day 10-11 Japan Tennis Association (JTA) Manner Kids program promotion at Chiba's West
Green tennis club.
Day 12 - Meeting with BOS Japan Director. Details of our project have been released! Keep
looking here for details of a 11600 hectare parcel of land on the Borneo/ Malaysian
border! This is where you money is going! Brilliant stuff!
THE BIG ONE! My Japanese test with national broadcaster NHK. If I pass, we get on.
After lots of wine, all seemed happy and the green light was given!
Day 13 - 14 NHK prep along with school meeting.
Day 15 - Our NHK national radio broadcast. Miki brilliant as usual. Me, well I walked well on
the stilts while everyone talked! At least I hadn't forgotten that. To be honest, after all
the fuss, the hour went by without a hitch and turned out to be one of the best
experiences we have had to date. Our hosts, Murakami san and Kanzaki san, created
the perfect atmosphere for us to tell stories we hadn't been able to talk about since we
stopped a week ago. The show may even be put online in English we have been told
so we will keep you posted. To look at the profile click here.

From tomorrow, we are back off to Australia for a wee while where hopefully, we can hide away and catch up on some blogs from the rest of the trip.
We will be keeping this site up and donations can still be made to either challenge account until at least April this year. Remember, the land is there now, we just need to pay it off now!! That shouldn't be that hard surely!! :-)

posted by Mick and Miki Tan @ 3:15 AM, ,

We're back!!

After a sea voyage that was almost as challenging as our 6 months on the stilts, we are back at home readjusting to life with a bath and a kitchen at our fingertips. It didn't take long.
There have been lots of uploads in recent days on various news sites about the challenge, but most of them seem to fall off as soon as the day passes into the next. How sad it is to be known as old news!

However, one site that we know will be up for a while is that of a documentary team that was with us on the last day. Their effort aired last night and has been uploaded on to the web for all to see. It is in Japanese, but you are able to see some of the sights from our last day, on our run up to the end of Japan. If you get the chance have a look.

Vimeo video cache - Studio Filce - CLICK HERE

posted by Mick and Miki Tan @ 10:52 PM, ,