Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Much Delayed part 2

This update starts rolling at the end of August.

An early morning road trip with Esther the Car brought us into the heart of Kyushu,
.....to see the sun rise near Mt Kuju....

....and the Sea of Clouds in the Mt Aso valley.

Later in the day it was time for a short hike around Mt Kuju,
while Marijke let her camera do overtime at Chojabaru.
Always Happy to be there.

Mean while, Nori and Wakame kept a Sleeping Eye on the new sewing machine...
challenging who/what could purr the best.

One day, Fu Kyo was booked to go Sunset Sailing.
Too bad it was raining +++buckets all afternoon, resulting the customers cancelling the trip at 1730.
Can you believe it?
 5 minutes later the rain stopped and we had 
a Gorgeous Sunset, as seen from Meinohama Fishing Port.

Then there was this Fun Yacht Race in Fukuoka:
 The Tamori Cup..with over 80 boats signing up for.
That day it was too windy for the sails, but the Parade was a Go Ahead...but must have involved some nervous moments for the captains.

On an other day, it was just perfect sailing weather on board of Fu Kyo.
This time our friend Miyoko, daughter Misao and grand kids enjoyed a cruise on the bay.

Yes it's by times tuff staying in a fishing harbor:
 Fresh Shrimps for dinner!

Sunset and "Our Church",
what isn't a church at all, but a fancy wedding hall....

In September Fu Kyo found herself High and Dry on her trailer for a new coat of bottom paint.
Oops, it's quickly said, but it took 5 days to do so.
Okay, some rain spoiled a speedy job...

Looking blue-ish licked, neh.

Of course, the end of summer brought some serious Thunder Talk...
Bingo with this lucky shot!

And with the heavy rains,
came the junk down the river,
that ended on the beach in Hakata Bay...sadly.

But the Sunset Sailing Show goes on...


After the sun dips the horizon, the return trip back to Meinohama Port offers an other great light show.

Then one day, I got a call from Ayaka.
She used to join my Seiha classes when she was an elementary school student.
NOW, she's going for her final exams at 
Japan's TOP Law University.
Hmm, makes me feel a tiny proud too....

This shot was taken at Odo Park.
(around the corner from us)
To the left you can see the masts in the marina.

Food pictures: (That's a Facebook thing, I believe).
While staying in Okinawa last year, this became one of my favorite cooking:
Goya (bitter melon), tofu, egg, tomato. 

An other Facebook Side-line:
via Fukuoka Sunset Sailing @ FB, I got in contact with 
Chu Ho Ming, from Hong Kong.
She was in Fukuoka for a few days on a business trip...
and was looking for Things to Do in the city.
Well, to go sailing was a bit difficult so we decided 
to Go Up Mt Raizan in Itoshima!

At the top of Mt Raizan, far away from busy HK...
Nice to have met you Kim san!

Cosmos flowers...seeing them they tell us summer is (almost) over...

And the parties on board of Fu Kyo keep on going.
Happy Birthday!

Marinoa Ferris Wheel showing it's Pink Support.

Just one more late summer sail with friends.

Princess Wakame.
Miauw, it's getting cooler these days...


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Much Delayed part 1

Do you know that song:

Video killed the radio star?

Well, i don't think of myself as a star, but Facebook really makes updates for Blogger less "Up-to-Date".
Here at Alishan on the Move...I suffer, ahum, from being connected to FB.
Of course with the bizz: Fukuoka Sunset Sailing, i have to be frequently online with updates, as you can understand.

Anyway, see here some pictures and yeps about what happened with Alishan and her Crew the last weeks.

Oh yes, Sunset Sails on board of Fu Kyo...

But one day in August, we found Esther the Car loaded with Dear Loved Ones.
Sister Jacqueline, sister Marleen, nephew Tom, Marijke, sister Hessel,
and our Japanese Paparien.
Sisters and Tom had arrived from overseas (Belgium, NZ, Holland, Korea) to be here for the Obon Festival.

But first we made a trip to Nagasaki, enjoying a sun-downer at the Dejima harbor front.

Remember, (see previous posting) this August was so grgrggrrr hot in Fukuoka...
so we escaped the heat and drove half-way up Mt Raizan, where a cooling water fall was an important item for our Summer Noodles Slurping Lunch. 
A Top Day that was.
Afterwards...we went for.....
 a soak in one of the cool-ish hot-springs...

But as mentioned, the family was here because of Obon.
Our mother/ grandmother had passed away last year and according to Japanese thinking, the first Obon Festival is an important one. 
Mum would be back with us for the few days before August 15 and then on Obon evening, she would make the return trip to heaven...by means of a small boat.

the PIKIMANA is ready for the trip.
Loaded with some sakeh, pictures, a scarf, ...

Wow, isn't Fu Kyo perfect for this event?
As you can see, not a sad moment.
Before sunset we motor-sailed someways onto Hakata Bay...
Friends Nobuko and Noriko joined us.

Launching time....

some fire works to guide PIKIMANA and Mum into the right direction..