Sunday, August 20, 2017

Making plenty of Sea-miles.

Even after my job on the Nordhavn 60 has finished,
i still make plenty of sea-miles.

Well, one J.O.B. requires me, twice a month, to take the ferry from Fukuoka to Oronoshima.
A small island half-way between Hakata and Iki Island.
About 25 miles, port to port.
The ferry leaves right from the terminal conveniently next to our harbor.
A mere 15 second !! walk from Alishan.
The ferry ride it self, is just 1 hour.

 The ferry arrives at the one and only harbor at Oro Island.

And the main activity for the island people is...tatataaa

Not many people live on the island.
Showing you here: Main Street.

And this is Main Road, leaving town....

Being such an isolated island, 
 the people have to be totally self supporting regarding vegetables etc.
Onions are a sure produce.

One of the 2 intersections. 
Right will take you to the center of the island,
left will take you to......

......the Elementary and Junior High School.
Where i'm happily involved with the English ALT section.

The Elementary School has 10 and 
JH has 3 students.
A homey & happy place indeed.

On the right, the ferry dock.
Only on  Sat, Sun, Tue and Thursdays (my day)  
there is a return service from Fukuoka < > Oronoshima.
What allows me a stay of 3 hours
Just enough for the lesson and a lunch together with the kids...
But it's usually a run back from the school to the harbor.

On my route to the port i take a short-cut 
via the Other Street in town.....
No need for Google Maps  ;-).


Up next, some pictures of my other J.O.B. Life.

It starts well before 5 AM.
Being youngest (!!) crew-member on board of Sumie Maru.
One of the fishing vessels of our harbor.

Depending on the weather, the sea conditions and the catch, we might be at sea till around 3 PM.

Then the following morning.....

.....3 AM !!

We have to bring the catch from the previous day to the fish-market in town.

At the market, fish is ready to be auctioned.

Now it's our turn....

And all is sold in under 1 minute.

In the hall next door, 
tuna is being prepared for the customers.
What a skill!!

For a Youtuby i made about the fishing, please see:


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Best time of the Year

Yes, to me:
is the Best time of the Year.
(please ignore the date of publishing this posting ;-)

Days are getting longer & warmer. 
All around us flowers, blossom and fresh green are making me happy.

And of course, it's great weather for Hikes and Bikes 
in and around Fukuoka and beyond.

The following are some pictures taken during a local hike, 
only a 30 minutes bicycle ride from Alishan.

At the top of Kanondake, Imajuku. 

Next, some pictures taken during a Fun Run 
into the country side @ Itoshima.

 Always happy to see Fuji in Bloom.

An other pleasing thing to see.....

Rice planting!  
 May is in full swing.

Always good to have friends of friends.
This is Mr Shinkai san. 
His hobby is making soba.
One day, we = the friends, ran all the way (25K) 
to be fed @ his house in Itoshima  .
Did you hear any complains?

And While On the Run 
at our local small forest, we found these 'wild strawberries".
For a week, we came home every day with a nice portion to be mixed with our yogurt.