Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Our yearly trip Down South to Ibusuki, Kagoshima.

Once the New Year was On the Roll,
it's time for us to make that Drive Down South again.

As always, the second Sunday in January: 
Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon 
and this year it was # 6 for me.

But first things first and that was a few days of bird-watching and enjoying the scenery of Kagoshima.
Bird-watching was of course here, 
there and everywhere, 
but mainly at Izumi.

Picture Stop # 163 (or so):
 This is Kyushu's most SW point. 
Wow, is it already 6 years since we sailed down there
 on board of Alishan ??

The town & port of Makurazaki,
with Mt Kaimon popping out of the haze.

Good Old Esther is still moving and sleeping us around.
This is one beauty of Japan: 
You can park & camp almost anywhere!! 
And like here, very very convenient at a sports park. 
Nice & quiet 
and toilets...CLEAN & nearby.

Next morning we had to drive a whooping 2 minutes to stop again at...a hot-spring...for a good long soak.
An other beauty of (traveling in) Japan.

 Awesome Sunrise Sky.

Mt Kaimon with a Hat.
Yes, it was raining later in the day.

As mentioned, this was my 6th Ibusuki Marathon, 
but for the hardcore of my running friends it was the 10th anniversary.
Hence this New Outfit for our team.

The 4 hours before the start of the race,
it had been raining and thundering...
but really, just 10 minutes to the start it stopped spattering.
And it stayed dry All the Way.

Somehow, these marathon officials keep on stretching those miles....
This year it felt we had to run 47K, 
hence the extra time needed to finish.
But happy and proud to have done an other Full M.

Anyway, a good running mantra is:
Take One Step More.
(notice found at the gent's standing toilet...)

And then the next was
All Hands Clean Ship!!

As the following day, on Sunday, all day long we had a Tokyo TV station on board recording our " funny way of living ".
Starting at the Asaichi, fish-market, of course,  @ 5 AM
And topping off with a meal cooked by Marijke, @ 5 PM.

Maybe by now, we are getting good at it...
this talking to the TV ;-)

News from the Job Front...
don't forget to take a Look & Like my new 

See Marijke's blog for the Izumi bird pictures HERE 

Have you watched the Ibusuki Marathon Youtube 
I made 2 years ago?
 It's HERE


Thursday, January 26, 2017

January Blues

January Blues.

An other chilly season with sadly no skiing days on our calendar.
So, as soon as we see some white fluffy stuff on the hills around Fukuoka...
....we are off to create  a Little Winter Holiday Feeling.

 Raizan Waterfall, 
a cool place we like to visit summer and winter.

Of course the Nikon came out and Marijke was able to make some amazing pictures.

This year's first plum blossom.

Shiraito Waterfall, in Itoshima.

There is always something "new" to discover.

A map showing Itoshima area, just to the west of Fukuoka City.

And one week later, it was time to hike Mt Iimori.
It's only a 30 minute bicycle ride from our place 
and an easy 1 hour stroll to the top.

Perfect but brbrbr crisp weather.

Iimori Jinja is at the base of the mountain.
This temple has a strong link to horse riding & archery.
Every year on 3 January a big festival is held, but as that is the same day as our Meinohama Tamasesseri, we have never seen it.

  And of course, on 3 February it is: Setsubun.
A festival to celebrate is THE day before Spring starts ..... 

Make sure, you enter Fuku chan's mouth.
Good things will follow.

More on Setsubun, 
read HERE


Friday, January 13, 2017

Hike 'n See Tours Fukuoka and Kyushu

What's Next?

After my nautical adventures on board of Fu Kyo and Shogun,
a new challenge is awaiting:

Low Budget hiking and sightseeing tours,
in English, Dutch or Japanese.

After all, wouldn't it be time for you to come
 and see, taste & enjoy
safe and amazing Japan for yourself?

Showing you around Fukuoka and Kyushu.
Nope, nothing  city life 
but the  outdoor beauty of Japan.

Be it a hike up the hills, a drive around the country site,
camping for the night where ever,
or just plain visiting those charming places.
Don't forget your camera....

Since 1989 Fukuoka is our home, 
and yes, we do know where to go ;-)

One "must" to reach these places is transport: 
My service comes with a specious 5 seats car. 

  Of course, Fukuoka itself has some great places to see...
but the real charm is just out-of-town....

Like this temple at Imori-yama,

..Mt Kuju area in the center of Kyushu...

...hidden secret at Mt Raizan..

 ..or this famous sunset in Saga...

See also our Facebook page
Click HERE

For trips and tips, contact at 090-7587-7677


Hope to see you soon.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Shogun's arrivel in Yokohama, Japan

                   To see the video, click HERE

mv Heemskerkgracht (Sevenstar Yacht Transport) shipped SHOGUN from Setubal in Portugal to Yokohama, Japan.

Unloading was not as easy as thought: Twice over the forward sling had to be made longer to make it a horizontal and safe lift.

Too bad my adventure on board ended here as the owner made a different plan.

So Long Shogun, Stay Safe!!

Once more, for the Youtube 
                                         click HERE


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saga International Balloon Festival 2016

Awesome Autumn weather.
Time for some Hot Air-ballooning.
Saga of course, just across the hills from Fukuoka.

For a home-cooking Youtuby:

click HERE.

Esther the Car made a 3 AM start
 to zoeff us comfy over the still sleepy roads.
Somehow we found a nice & empty parking spot not to far from "Cape Canaveral".
Where at first day light it was All Action!!

These picture and the following ones
 tell you the happy mood this event creates.

At one stage there were over 100 balloons in the air!!

There was even some Kissing in the Air....

Once more, for the Youtube
click HERE.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

October in Maassluis, part 2

And the story goes on
with more places and faces.

One day we hopped in the car for a 
(or as The Hague and surroundings is know to our family).

At Kijkduin
we made a stop at
Holland's Hot Spot for Pokemon Hunters.
For some unexplained reasons there are zillion monsters and hence also hunters, gathering here. 
Now all peacefully at rest staring at their Smarto.
But they might suddenly wake up and start running around.
Knocking you over.
Knock Knock.

The 2 Pokemons i scored that day: Richard and Hessel.

That Pokemon Do made us hungry so it was time for
With an extra portion of Poffertjes.
Now THAT is Memory Lane food.

Ha, our local Fukuoka Salvatore has a cousin here .....

Next was 

...visiting Aunty Ditje (my father's youngest sister).
Going strong at 90+
And yes, we both like to be in blue.

Of course a tour also had to be made to Rotterdam.
Eating haring at Schmidt Zeevis,
a stroll in-and-around the Market Hall,
and an ABNAMRO sponsored lunch 
at nephew Tom's work-place.

Thanx Guides!!

One day a Bicycle Ride down Memory Lane 
was to my old sweetheart village
Den Brielle.

Where Oh-oh-oh, Mr Klomp is moving house.

And fun-fact was: meeting-up with Liesbeth and Leo.
Old cruising friends from way back Phuket and Langkawi (2008)

But some more Maassluis.
Right there on the other shore.
 De Waterweg has a never ending fleet of floats passing-by.
And awesome floats at rest in port:

And as mentioned before: 
Maassluis is the Homeport for our ALISHAN.
The text above; Where ever the boat will bring you.
Hmm, yes......we have visited some places.