Saturday, October 7, 2017

Outdoors in June 2017

Some Outdoor Things to do and to see in and around Fukuoka.

An almost exploding daikon radish.

Biwa fruit, aka loquat, ready to be picked.
One of the most deciduous fruits. For sale in the shops for plenty of yen but often found for free Outdoors. 

 The central part of Kyushu is for sure, volcanic active.
Here at the base of Mt Kuju, hot steam is escaping all over the place.
The locals are using it wisely for home heating % cooking.

A Yummy Tofu Only lunch
at one of the special restaurants we can find this area.
The tofu tastes so good due to the use of mountain water and hot-spring cooking.

This is d-i-y hot-spring cooking.
Using Mother's Earth Steam.
Fun, fun, fun and more fun to do.
And amazing tasty.
Bring your own drinkies & food, like veggies, shrimps, eggs, potatoes, whatever... 
The fee? Just rent some SS baskets for a penny.

Master Chef Hashimoto san.

My Outdoor Buddies for today.

An other day, an other Outdoor. 
Hiking one of the hills surrounding Fukuoka.
 At the top, feel free to rake the place for everybody to enjoy.
And then it's time for the scenery.

That's Fukuoka down there.

Massive tori at Iimori jinja in Fukuoka.

 Life is Good.


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

And What's Up in Fukuoka?

Some photo-moments to share with you about 
What's Up in Fukuoka.

 Elementary School with a nice view.  
Every Tuesday, you can find me on the 4th floor.
Helping the kids with their ABC learning. Good fun and a pleasure to be at this ! school as... 
.....those mountains in the distance are my hiking grounds ;-)

Full Moon as seen from the cockpit of Alishan.
Did you say Magic?
Too bad that night has an early go-to-sleep....
As next day, 3 AM, it is getting ready for my other J.O.B.

Off to an other other-J.O.B. day, on board of Sumie Maru.
Again Magic, the sunrise over Fukuoka.


Exciting to be out at sea....

 Then the following morning, 3 AM,  our catch from the previous day ends up on the big fish market in Fukuoka.

NO, this ain't our catch,  just showing off :-)

 138 as in Kilo.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Pink Paradise of Mt Kuju

In spring, 
The Heart of Mt Kuju turns Pink.
This mountainous area is a National Park in the center of Kyushu.
Time to explore.

Early warning signs of Pink to come.

Trails at Kuju Nat Park are well marked. 
Today's first goal is the top of Mt Taisen.

A view over my right shoulder.
That peak on the left is always smoking and rumbling.
Volcanic activity is paramount of this area.

Getting further to the top.

A magic view of Mt Yufu near Yufuin.

Pink is playing peak-a-boo everywhere.

That's what you can call a magic Rock Garden.

Woaoaaa, say No More.

 Next goal is Mt Hijidake. 
Best Pink Peak of All.

Made it to the top of Pink Paradise.
Of course on such a magic day, i wasn't the only hiker.
But still, it felt Pink was there for me alone.

 One more shot in Pink Paradise.
Couldn't stop taking pictures.

Heading back now to Marijke & Esther the Car
at Chojabaru car-park after a 6 hours hike in Pink Paradise.

A good soak in one of the many hot-springs.
More magic.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

What's up with Alishan?

So What's up with Alishan?

We got a surprise visit by long time cruising friends Uli and Molly.
First time we met Uli was when we both were sailing around in the South Pacific.
Talking 1986 now ;-)

First thing we did here in Fukuoka...Hit the Sushi-wheel!

 Then, a new boat arrived at Odo Yachtharbor,
 the marina around the corner from us.

with on board owner Dave and crew Mathew.
Both flew out more or less the next day, leaving
RESOLUTION to stay here for a few months and to keep me busy.

What else?

So often people wonder how we can live on such a small boat like ALISHAN
Well, this is how we do it....

 Boat Sweet Home.

Of course, with Master Mariner Nori.
He is in charge and stays in charge of things on board.
(even right now, i have to struggle to keep him off the keyboard...)

Still proud of having cruised SE Asia, 
including the 2 months trip up the Kinabatanga River, Borneo.
Great elephant spotter, he is.

The boy is 15 years old now...
and showing off his missing right upper fang.

Oops...what was that...?

Nope, just a seagull.
All is well. 
Time for an other snooze. 
Always time for a snooze these days.

Miau &