This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

First week of November

First week of November.
A full week passed and still no blog update.
Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much to tell (and show)
And in Japanese it’s hard: making a story out of nothing.
But of course, there’s always something.

Our anniversary for starts.
We took Esther for a spin and drove to Itoshima, to the Sunset road. We stopped to look at the landscape and harvested rice. So very Japanese. We watched the sunset and had Italian at Palm Beach. Nice place. The resort-type setting made me long for Thailand and Malaysia. It isn’t that long ago that I said I didn’t feel like moving for a while… Well, that feeling is fading… Must be the time of the year.


There are few places where you can dine outside. Generally customers don't like bugs like this green hopper, who surprised us with his acrobatics on the tabasco bottle, while eyeing the salad.

On another day I checked out Minami koen and saw the first Shirohara of the season.

Yes, that time of the year. And then the Mandarin Ducks. They returned!
We are still wearing T-shirts and sometimes no socks, but it’s obvious, winter is on its way.


Alishan is now hauled out at Odo. BRRR. Not my kind of living. No toilet, no afvoer.
Fortunately Jaap hasn’t gone off with Mitsuda-san to Fukyo in the Setonaikai. Though the “dirty” work is done by the people of the yard he is quite busy…  treating blisters.
It is our turn now: Alishan has osmosis. We might have to strip her down one day. Oh well. Now that could be a good reason to do another SE Asia run…

Cat of the month, found wandering on a hill at Shinmoji, Kitakyushu

View from Alishan's cockpit when she is in our homeport, the fishing harbor of Meinohama

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