Friday, January 15, 2016

Our yearly trip to Ibusuki

The second Sunday in January is always
Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon Day.
Now for the fifth time, Esther the Car drove us there for this event ..
with of course: Sight Seeing and Birdwatching on the side.

Sunrise over Kagoshima Bay.
Those hills across the pond are in Miyasaki.

Happy Man enjoying the Good Weather.

Yamakawa toilet building.
Talking about toilets...the day before the marathon a bug found my belly and so, 
i had to spend a few very uncomfy hours "On the Throne".
(for your interest, not this particular one).
All okay at the end but i didn't feel well enough for the 42K, hence i joined Marijke with Cheering the Runners.....

....and some sightseeing along the race course..

And here comes Yuki Kawauchi.
Bib # 1 is leading the field of 18.000 runners.

Including friends:

Ishii san...

Shimizu san...

Ohara san...

and Noriko san.

The next day we drove Esther on board of the ferry for the short trip across 
Kagoshima Bay to explore that part of the peninsula.
Including the most southerly lighthouse on Kyushu Island. 
 Sata Point.

This part of Kyushu is by times a Typhoon Alley.
Seen at a building site along the road:
Wind forecast for Engineers.

Too bad our day was a very rainy day, but we still enjoyed the drive. Narrowly avoiding hitting wild pigs and monkeys crossing our roads.
In the dark hours we ended up at a smallish fishing port where,  to our surprise, the next morning, we found these dressed-up floats...
ready for the start of the New Year Fishing Season. 

At the fish-market.

Never get tired of looking at these kind of (fishing) boats.
This is a long-liner. With usually 5 crew on board.

That was an other 5 day fun trip with Esther the Car.
 She drove us comfortable 1100 K and boy,  
did we sleep well.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Play with Fire at Usa city

Again we jumped on board of Esther the Car and drove to the other side of Kyushu.
This time it was Oni-E matsuri.
Exciting and hot.
But would luff to see it one day with a fresh coat of snow on the fields and riverbanks.
Click on the picture to see the action.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

What a way to start the New Year's Day.
Waking up with some frost on the deck of Alishan....
But the sky is clear and promising.
Ready to go...of course 
with running shoes and
camera ....

there She is

Enjoying the First Sunshine of the Year.

Sumiyoshi temple, Meinohama.

Hello Fukuoka: Happy New Year.

Our neighbourhood Atagohama and 
in the haze...Nokonoshima.

Nori is enjoying the sunshine as well.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Day in Genoa

From Imperia to Genoa it's only  a 1-and-half hour train ride.
So no excuse not to go.
A more serious reason to visit this city is of course the fact that Christopher Columbus hales from this town.
But the main reason is: Spend some Good Times with friend Remo!
 The new owner of sailing yacht Jan Haring...
Sweet memories.

So Remo met us at Genoa Train Station 
and took care of us for the day.
The town has loads of beautiful stone buildings,
and/but the main is of course the connection with the sea.

This monument tells it All. 

Famous harbour corner stones..
from where many nautical exploring trips started.

Time for a Coffee Break....
And Off.... to more city sight seeing.

And this, as it's said.. 
was Little Christopher's home address.

Chris-kun's neighbourhood.

The people of Genoa know what is yummy.

Thank you Remo.
It was an awesome day.

Ciao for Now.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Shogun as seen from Below.....

60 feet, 60 ton.
A Lot of Boat.

Twin engines, twin rudders and extra external ballast.

Ciao for now.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Esther DID it !!

The other day we took Esther the Car 
for an other Spin around Kyushu.

First stop was at Bungo Mori Station.
Read more HERE.

A farrr farrr relative of Esther.

 And THEN.....

Esther did 100.000K !!
(she drove us 60.000K )

Cruising the roads in Oita Prefecture.


Thank you Esther for driving us along safely.