Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Moments in May 2015

Moments in May

Mamarin truns 81.
This year it's 26 years ago we first arrived here in Meinohama, Fukuoka. So yes, we have been family members to Paparin and Mamarin for over a quarter century.

Nippon Maru came to Town.

Oh oh...an other Friday fridge full of fresh fish, 
so it's sashimi time!

Some TV screen shots of the program NANSHOUTO? 
by Hakata Hanamaru,
featuring the floats Alishan & Fu Kyo and yours.

We watched the TV program at Shigeko's house.

And then, a few days later....

Nephew Tommy the Sailor and gf Serena payed us a visit.
First thing we did?
Have a small sushi lunch of course....

Playing the tourist guides at temples and up mountains.

With Miyoko on the sofa @ Alishan.

  Thanks for visiting us Serena and Tom.
We had a good time with you and it was a pleasure to get to know you (again).

New House Old Traditions.

Lunch time break during the building of Ryohei's house 
(son of Miyoko and Kunitoshi of Sumie Maru)

Fight On
as they say it here in Japan.
When stuck between concrete and tar-seal: Just Bloom...

Somehow...this dutch newspaper landed on the for-deck of Alishan.
Reading it we remembered it was and still is our least favorite piece of print....
and we realize again why we don't want to go back to live in Holland.

Atagohama scenes at yet an other a sunset.
Happy to live in Fukuoka!

OUR beach at a 2 minute walk.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hiking Kurodake in Kuju Land

One late Monday night in April saw us 
on board of Esther the Car zooefing towards Kuju Land. 
Just before midnight we arrived at the car park near Mt Kuro 
where we slept a good sleep till 6 AM.

While Marijke stayed "down stairs" to look for birds...
i went up the mountain.
It's a reasonable loop trail, a bit tough 
mostly due to the sharp edged stones.
(on  return to Esther the Car..i discovered my hardly used trail shoes were almost ruined).

Mt Taisen on the other side.

It's a pretty place to visit in Spring.

This cave is keeping All Year Around Snow and Ice.

Near the base of Mt Kuro, 
there is a water point with real sparkling H2O.
After a 6+ hour trail, that water taste so bubbly!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TNC Nanshouto? on board of Fu Kyo the Cat.

These are well-known Fukuoka Funny Faces.

They came for a sail on board of Fu Kyo the Cat.
Together with a load full of camera and sound people.

On Air.
Friday 8 May at 19:00
TNC, channel 8


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The WHY to Hawaii: Hilo Marathon 2015.

The Why!
...to Hawaii...
 Loads of Aloha Fun to Run.

Hilo Marathon is known for:
Amazing scenic sights,
few runners (about 250 running the full marathon),
early morning start (just before sunrise),
cheerful aid-stations' staff and other volunteers,
pleasant tropical temperature,
 happy memories.

First part of the run was along the coast through more or less "rain forest".

Wow, if these guys don't make you happy at 15K point....?
btw....see the life jacket?

Here below some scenic shots.

....look Noriko...surfers out there!

What a magic place to run.

Funny faces keep on cheering us.
Even after 4 hours "on the water-job".

...a few more meters....
ehh, yards as they say in the US of A.

Not a record time, but a very very enjoyable marathon.
And the crowd (?) is still cheering.
Thank You!!

....how does that beer taste Noriko san?

Definite a Marathon ...to Remember.
And if time and $$ (airfare) allows me..to Repeat.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Alishan & Fu Kyo ON AIR: Tuesday 21 April 2015, BS ASAHI.

On Tuesday 21 April, 2015
Between 19:00-21:00
Alishan, Fu Kyo and crew will be On Air.

Channel: BS ASAHI
(All Japan).

With 2 cameras pointing at us, no way we could escape.

All in all it was good fun doing the recording.
One of the days we went to Nokonoshima for a stroll 
and of course Marijke met up with friends..
and flowers.

But Fu Kyo is also in the story.
 She took us for a spin around Hakata Bay and made a short d-tour into Nakahama Minato.

An other day was a field trip...ehh ..sea trip 
to Eboshi Jima to do some serious bird-watching.
(see previous posting and Marijke's blog).

And of course, there was recording at our 
Meinohama Sunday Morning  Fishmarket.

Hopefully, you have a chance to see the program.