Japan

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, 2010Hirado - 33 22’16”N, 129 32’17”EImari - 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 that “spoke to...

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)...

Bellport Ashiya 35degrees 42.35N/131degrees 19.03E Arrival time: 1400 local time (GMT+9,1 day later) Tuesday, April 20, 2010: One Week in Ashiya Heavy commercial traffic became a big issue once we approached mainland Japan. Entering Osaka Wan (Osaka Sound) we would often have more than 30 boats with AIS on our navigation screen within a 12 nm range; and that didn’t take into account other vessels, such as fishing boats, that didn’t...

Bellport Marina Ashiya 34degrees42.35N/135degrees19.03E April 15, 2010 8999 Nautical Miles Total Distance Traveled from Seattle, WA The mechanical issues that we have had since leaving Seattle have been minimal: 1. The Cummins Engine fuel solenoid shorted out, killing the engine and shorting out the engine electrical panel (blog entry “A Night to Remember”). 2. The two brand-new 20kw Northern Light Generators each lost their oil sending unit, which maxed out at over the 80lb....

April 7, 2010 Chichijima, Japan 27degrees05N/142degrees12E 8371nm traveled so far We entered the closed port (not an entry port) of Chichijima, an island 600nm SE of Ashiya our final destination in Japan, at 1400 (Japan time, GMT +9) yesterday afternoon. We had arranged through our ship's agent Furuno-san to enter this port as a port of refuge. Don needed to do some minor repairs and we needed to "hunker down" in expectation...