Japan

Hagi - 34 26N/131 25E June 7-13, 2010 Starr in the Sea of JapanI am home now in Seattle when I write this story and it is very difficult to “enter into” the story of Starr in the Sea of Japan. It feels like Japan is so far away: not only in miles, but a huge distance away in culture. The best part of our spring cruising in Japan was the North Coast of...

Yasugi-Matsue-Izumo June 11-12 Yasugi - Adachi Museum and Garden We left Hagi early Friday morning on a fast trip north, up the coast of the Sea of Japan to Yasugi to visit Adachi Museum and Gardens. Adachi came highly recommended by our Waikiki Yacht Club friend and Japan Sensei, Jack Peters. It was a four-hour train ride on the San‘in Line and involved a change of trains in Masuda. We planned to visit Adachi Friday...

Yobuko, Saga ken, Kyushyu 33 32’ 53”N/ 129 53’32”E June 5-6, 2010 Otsunahiki – (Translation: the “Rope Pull”) We stayed in Yobuko mostly because we loved the intimate feel of the small town and because we made so many friends. We also stayed because there was a festival on Saturday and Sunday, the Otsunahiki (“the Rope Pull)”. As quoted from the local tourist brochure: “In ancient time, when Hideyoshi Toyotomi was camping at Nagoya Castle...

Yobuko, Saga ken, Kyushyu 33 32’ 53”N/ 129 53’32”E June 2-4, 2010 A Small Town of “Sea People” and Our New Friend After leaving the GSSR group in Nagasaki we began to seek out small towns and fishing ports to visit. I have already talked about Hirado, which was our first stop in a small fishing town, and Yobuko was our second. The Lonely Planet Japan Guide describes Yobuko: “This quaint dwindling fishing port has...

Yobuko, Saga ken, Kyushyu 33 32’ 53”N/ 129 53’32”E June 2, 2010 Splicing an Anchor Cable in Yobuko, Japan Sharry and I were wandering down the main business street in Yobuko, just looking at the various small businesses that were interspersed with homes. Often the business was on the front and the living unit was in back or adjoining on the side. We came across one shop that was full of ships rigging and parts...

June 1, 2010 Hirado - 33 22’16”N, 129 32’17”E Imari - 33 18’32”N, 129 48’55”EDedicated to Carol and Steven Argosy (Seabird) I had no idea that when Carol called me from Gagyu-gama Gallery in Nagisaki to tell me about the beautiful tokkuri (sake bottles) and sakazuki (sake cups) in the gallery, where her call would lead us. Carol knew that I had been looking for a special sake set, but had not yet found one...

June 1, 2010 Update for May: We joined our Nordhavn friends on April 13 in Ashiya, all four boats left Ashiya on April 30 to cruise the Seto Nakai (the Inland Sea) and the West Coast of Kyushu, and we parted company on May 29 in Nagasaki. My last blog entry was on May 5. There is always a conflict when traveling; do I live the experience of cruising in Japan, or do I...

May 5, 2010 Kanon Marina 34degrees21.34N/132degrees24.54E Hiroshima, Japan We now have a new feature on the Starr Blog. Go to the home page and you can follow Starr wherever we are in the World by Satellite GPS. Look for the link just under the StarrVoyage Blog header.   Seabird entering Kanon Marina, Hiroshima We arrived in Hiroshima yesterday at 1530. Today we will go to the Peace Park and explore the history of the end...

Hiroshima – The Flower Festival May 5, 2010 This past week in Japan has been Golden Week. Many government offices and businesses close down, Japanese travel within the country and everything becomes more crowded than usual. This didn’t affect us much early in the week because we were traveling on our boats, but on May 5 we went to the Peace Park in Hiroshima and found ourselves in the middle of one of Hiroshima’s biggest...

May 1, 2110 Uchinomi-Ko, Shodo Shima 34 degrees 27.45N/134 degrees 18.06ENote: Ko=Harbor and Shima or Jima=Island   GSSR+1 in Bellport, Ashiya    Sharry with Kokoro, Bellport Yard Chief We left Ashiya yesterday morning at 0800 and the GSSR group +1(Starr) cruised to the island of Shodo-shima, the beginning of the Seto Nakai, the Inland Sea of Japan. After so many miles of cruising on our own it felt a little strange (but good strange)...