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Aug
28

Sea sick!

What a morning after a night on a rocking boat in the typhoon. Yukie is tired, she woke up to the sound of water splashing by her feet followed by manic cleaning and scrubbing noises. It was the smell that finally gave it away.

I want to sleep!

I want to sleep!

We spent the night in a dorm on the ship with some 30 other people. It’s a great way to travel and of course cheap. The Japanese are not so fussy when it comes to sharing sleeping space. I guess Japan is still a very safe place and people are really respectful and careful towards each other. I was trying to imagine a group of 30 drunken Geordies on a crossing from Amsterdam sharing one sleeping place…

ferry arrives south

there is swell!

there is swell!

Anyway the view in the morning from the ship was fantastic. In the distance palm trees, turquoise water and some serious looking swell. I take a picture of the girls in front of the scenery. Even though there is industrial harbour buildings in the background, the colour of the sea, the heat and the intensely bright light just make the place feel like the perfect holiday destination.

As we get into the bus which will take us further south to Kagoshima port for our final crossing we marvel at the art of tatooing lorries. ( they do clean their lorries!)

tatooed lorry

tatooed lorry

tatooed lorry

tatooed lorry

After another 2 hours on a bus and 2 more hours on a hydrofoil we finally set foot on the island. Exhausted, grumpy and hungry while still feeling slightly seasick from the night before.

Finally in Tanegashima

We meet up with the local car sales person rent a van a head south to Minamitane to meet up with the support centre. Although tired and worn out I enjoy the scenery and even stop for a moment to take some shots of a local surf spot.

first signs of surf

first signs of surf

A small spot facing west, so picking up very little swell but still looks fantastic. I can’t wait to surf water that is above 14 degrees and not brown or grey!

1 comment

  1. Steve Lyon says:

    The typhoon during the crossing sounds pretty horrendous, actually. If I had to be on a boat in a typhoon anywhere in the world, though, I guess I’d want it to be in Japan.

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