Tanegashima, Japan - November 2014
Warmed Up

- After a couple of typhoons slammed into Tanegashima last month it was nice to relax outside compliments of light winds and mild temperatures. Some nice BBQ lunches outside and a bit of fishing made for a really nice month.

Picture - A really nice and tasty Autumn BBQ end of this month.

The most recent project was work on the new upper upper farm which runs parallel to the main road. The locals said this jungle was not being used and actually had no idea who owned the land. They said to go ahead and use this and soon after work commenced to take out the existing jungle. All the work is being done with hand tools. Yup old school for sure.
Halloween Party

- We made a nice Halloween party today.

Picture - Home - Us hanging out together 1.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together 2.
Picture - Home - A few decorations for the party today 1.
Picture - Home - A few decorations for the party today 2.
Picture - Home - A few decorations for the party today 3.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends 1.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends 2.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends 3.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends 4.
Picture - Home - Shai playing in his room with a neighbor today 1.
Picture - Home - Shai playing in his room with a neighbor today 2.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 1.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 2.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 3.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 4.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 5.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 6.
Picture - Home - Us hanging out together with friends again 7.
Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends today 1.
Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends today 2.
Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends today 3.
Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends today 4.
High Dogs

- We decided to go to the rock beach with the doggies and they went for a walk on the high pier.

Picture - Home - Shai made decorations for the holiday.
Picture - Minamitane Town - The doggies on the high pier.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A nice view of Yakushima today.
Furusato Matsuri

- Today was the annual town festival.

Picture - Minamitane Town - The venue for the festival.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Us hanging out together 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Us hanging out together 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - The venue for the festival.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A performance at the festival.
Beautiful Sunset

- Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima today.

Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima.
Record Fish

- Shai caught a 33 cm Flathead Grey Mullet the day before at the Minamitane west coast fishing pier number 6 which is close to the house.

Picture - Home - This fish was definitely the record compared with all of the small fish we caught up until now.
Picture - Home - Yeah now he is going to want to go fishing every day.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima 3.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima 4.
New Record Fish

- A couple of days ago Shai caught a 33 cm fish. The day before I caught this Indian Goatfish which measured 41 cm, at least before the wife got a hold of it and began preparing it for our next meal. This was now the new record.

Picture - Shai showing off the Indian Goatfish.

Picture - Home - A nice picture of Shai holding the fish in the kitchen.
Picture - Home - This fish is actually a delicacy in some Mediterranean countries of Europe.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima 1.
Pals and Cows

- Today Shai met with his friends and they played at the house for awhile. Then we made a nice picnic lunch outside. Then in the afternoon, we went to visit the neighbors and their cows.

Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends at the house 1.
Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends at the house 2.
Picture - Home - Shai playing with his friends at the house 3.
Picture - Home - We made a nice picnic in the yard today 1.
Picture - Home - We made a nice picnic in the yard today 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to visit the neighbors and their cows 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to visit the neighbors and their cows 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to visit the neighbors and their cows 3.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to visit the neighbors and their cows 4.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A group of really creepy spiders.
Farm Watchman

- This guy is actually a holdover from the last Halloween party.

Picture - Home - A piece of the old tree worked out perfectly for making this sentinel of the upper farm.
Picture - Home - A nice collection of seashells.
New Veggie Store and Unknown Location

- Went to check out the new veggie store in Minamitane town. Then we went to some place unknown.

Picture - Minamitane Town - The new veggie store in Minamitane town built to replace the really small store a few blocks away.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Kind of difficult to see but on the back wall are photos of the local farmers who supply produce to the store.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima.
Picture - Minamitane Nishino District - This picture is from the rock beach close to the house.
Picture - Minamitane Nishino District - Certainly is difficult to get a normal picture of a five year old boy.
Kumano Beach

- Today was all about checking out some places on the other side of the island. Our adventure began at Kumano beach, and absolutely beautiful destination with nice sand, and incredible rock formations.

Picture - Us at Kumano Beach.

The north end of the beach has a lot of rocks for climbing and numerous tide pools for exploring. The south end of the beach ends at a river which culminates with beautiful rock formations.

Be sure to visit this beach on a sunny day if you plan on taking a lot of pictures. The sun illuminating the rock formations is wonderful.

This place is a must see for anyone visiting the island.

Picture - Kumano Beach Campground - A map of Minamitane town at the entry to the campsite.
Picture - Kumano Beach Campground - A poster with a few of the creatures you can find at the local mangrove.
Picture - Kumano Beach Campground - A poster with a list of rules at the campground.
Picture - Kumano Beach Campground - A poster with a list of fees for staying at the campground.
Picture - Kumano Beach - A picture of Kumano Beach looking north.
Picture - Kumano Beach - A picture of Kumano Beach looking south.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Another picture of Kumano Beach looking south without the building.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Us at the back of the beach close to a cool sandstone outcrop.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Shai enjoying a bit of rock climbing.
Picture - Kumano Beach - The river adjacent to the beach.
Picture - Kumano Beach - The end of the river.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Us hanging out and looking at the beautiful scenery.
Picture - Kumano Beach - A beautiful view of some rock formations on a cloudy day.
Hamada Beach

- This is another beautiful Tanegashima beach and home to the Chikura Caves.

Picture - A nice picture of the rock formations at beautiful Hamada Beach.

This is a very level beach and loaded with unbelievable rock formations. Many of these formations were carved out from years of erosion to form the Chikura Caves which are located at the south end of the beach.

At the entrance to Hamada is the beach restaurant which is open during the Summer and during special events at various times of the year.

This is another place you should put on your list to visit if you plan to come to Tanegashima.

Picture - Hamada Beach - A view of the beach looking south.
Picture - Hamada Beach - A view of the beach looking north.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Rock formations on the beach.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Rear section of the beach leading to Chikura Caves.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Shai closely inspecting a crevice close to the entrance of the caves.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Shai sitting on a really cool sandstone mountain.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Another picture of Shai on the mountain.
Picture - Hamada Beach - The south side of the beach with beautiful rock formations.
Picture - Hamada Beach - A sweeping view from the rock formations looking north.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Another nice picture of the rock formations.
Picture - Hamada Beach - The beach restaurant poster with information.
Picture - Hamada Beach - The beach restaurant located at the entrance to the beach.
Chikura Caves

- For those into the "sport" of spelunking, Chikura Caves is a place you would like. Especially at low tide, these caves can be accessed from the front and rear.

Picture - A few of the cave entry points.

The main section of the caves can supposedly fit 1000 people....not verified during the visit as there were only three of us. lol.

Depending on the angle of the sun and the tides, some really nice pictures can be taken at this place.

A visit at different times of the day also make a difference in the hues and patterns on the walls.

Be sure to visit Chikura Caves on your next visit to the island.

Picture - Chikura Caves - A fairly new poster with information about the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - A stone monument built at the entrance of Hamada beach.
Picture - Chikura Caves - The front entry to the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - A narrow walkway through one of the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - The rear entry to the caves from the beach.
Picture - Chikura Caves - A wider walkway through one of the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - A beautiful view of the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - A scenic view from the caves looking out the front entry.
Picture - Chikura Caves - Another entry point for the caves from the beach.
Picture - Chikura Caves - A small cave actually more like a crevice.
Picture - Chikura Caves - Us hanging out at the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - Shai posing in front of one of the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - The front entry of the caves close to low tide.
Picture - Chikura Caves - Another view of the front entry to the caves.
Picture - Chikura Caves - Any yet another view of the front entry of the caves.
Hamada Beach Geology

- The geological formations at Hamada beach are incredible. This place is a special thrill for me as a former geology student in college.

Picture - Interesting sandstone and an adjacent rock layer.

The different strata and associated colors are really interesting and worth checking out.

Picture - Hamada Beach - Sedimentary deposits in the rock formations.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Another view of the sedimentary deposits.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Boundaries between different deposits.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Smooth deposits on top of conglomerates.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Another conglomerate layer.
Picture - Hamada Beach - A close up of the layer boundaries.
Picture - Hamada Beach - Another close up of the layer boundaries.
Picture - Hamada Beach - A beautiful sandstone formation.
Beautiful Fishing Place

- Then we saw this interesting and kind of scary looking octopus at one of the fishing piers. Then we went to a different fishing pier. This place is called Minamitane East Coast Pier Number 2 and fantastic. Really not sure if you can catch anything at this spot but it certainly is worth the trip for the view. We finished up our tour at a store close to the coast called the South Border surf store and Ohisama Coffee Restaurant.

Picture - Minamitane Town - Saw a really interesting octopus today.
Picture - Minamitane Town - Saw a really interesting octopus today.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 3.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 4.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 5.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 6.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 7.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 8.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 9.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 10.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 11.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to a really beautiful fishing place today 12.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to the South Border surf store and Ohisama Coffee Restaurant 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to the South Border surf store and Ohisama Coffee Restaurant 2.
Nice Freighter

- Today was another fun fishing day for me and Shai. Then we met the owner of a freighter before returning home.

Picture - Shimama Port - Met the owner of a freighter today 1.
Picture - Shimama Port - Met the owner of a freighter today 2.
Picture - Shimama Port - Met the owner of a freighter today 3.
Goats and Flying Fish

- The neighbor brought over his goats to help get rid of some of the grass in the upper upper farm. This farm, AKA the jungle, should be ready for use next Spring if me and Shai can get all the weeds, vines, and trees out.

Picture - Shai with the cute goats.

Picture - Home - Continued removing the jungle in the upper upper farm 1.
Picture - Home - Continued removing the jungle in the upper upper farm 2.
Picture - Home - Continued removing the jungle in the upper upper farm 3.
Picture - Home - These goats certainly do eat a lot.
Picture - Home - Certainly was fun for Shai.
Picture - Home - Another nice goat picture 1.
Picture - Home - Another nice goat picture 2.
Picture - Home - Another nice goat picture 3.
Picture - Home - The grocery store was selling half off flying fish today. Quite honestly though this is not a fish we would purchase again.
Autumn BBQ

- Almost the end of the year and we are still able to do an outside afternoon barbecue.

Picture - Home - Hey even a nice cold beer is still okay to drink.
Picture - Home - Shai wanted to show that he can still drink cold tea on this cool Autumn day.
Picture - Home - We really enjoy being outside.
Picture - Nagahama Beach - We went to a new beach on the west coast of the island today 1.
Picture - Nagahama Beach - We went to a new beach on the west coast of the island today 2.
Picture - Nagahama Beach - We went to a new beach on the west coast of the island today 3.
Picture - Nagahama Beach - We went to a new beach on the west coast of the island today 4.
Picture - Shimama Port - Shai showing off a seashell he found.
Morning Fishing

- This was an unusual morning fishing day.

Picture - Minamitane Town - A nice view of Yakushima today.
Picture - Minamitane West Coast Pier #6 - We went to the Minamitane west coast fishing pier close to the house.
Picture - Minamitane West Coast Pier #6 - This turned out to be a beautiful Autumn day.
Picture - Home - We received nice megina fish from a neighbor today 1.
Picture - Home - We received nice fish from a neighbor today 2.
Picture - Home - We received nice fish from a neighbor today 3.
Picture - Homan Pond - Homan Pond observation view point 1.
Picture - Homan Pond - Homan Pond observation view point 2.
Picture - Homan Pond - Homan Pond observation view point 3.
Picture - Coastal Hotel - Coastal hotel that had a really nice view 1.
Picture - Coastal Hotel - Coastal hotel that had a really nice view 2.
Picture - Coastal Hotel - Coastal hotel that had a really nice view 3.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A rocket launch view point 1.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A rocket launch view point 2.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A rocket launch view point 3.
Picture - Minamitane Town - A rocket launch view point 4.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 1.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 2.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 3.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 4.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 5.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 6.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 7.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 8.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 9.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - This is a very popular beach and surfing location 10.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - Nice caves at this popular beach 1.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - Nice caves at this popular beach 2.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - Nice caves at this popular beach 3.
Picture - Hotel Mae Beach - Nice caves at this popular beach 4.
Picture - Minamitane Town - We went to relax at Kawachi onsen.
Another Fishing Day

- This morning was really nice and we decided to go to Minamitane west coast fishing pier again. This is only a few minutes walk from the house.

Picture - Minamitane West Coast Pier #6 - Another nice day for me and Shai.
Picture - Minamitane West Coast Pier #6 - Really nice to hang out together.
Cutting Trees in the Jungle

- We worked in the upper upper farm again today. The plan was to take out as many of the trees as possible from what used to be a jungle. This will be farm number three next year.

Picture - Home - Shai was very determined to pull this tree out.
Picture - Home - Shai kept pulling this tree and was not going to give up until the job was finished.
Picture - Home - Shai was able to pull it out but got hit in the tummy in the process, hence the grumpy face.
Happy Thanksgiving

- Today we celebrated our first Thanksgiving on Tanegashima. Akiko ordered a turkey online and went all out preparing all the traditional food items using the closest ingredients she could find. The entire meal turned out fantastic and there was plenty of extra food for the next day.

Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving turkey 1.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving turkey 2.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving turkey 3.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving ingredients.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the dogs 1.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the dogs 2.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving prepared meal 1.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving prepared meal 2.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving wine.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving prepared turkey.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving green bean casserole.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving sweet potatoes.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving mashed potatoes.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving corn souffle.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving stuffing.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of us together 1.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of us together 2.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving pies.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the Thanksgiving dog food.
Picture - Home - This is a picture of the dogs.
House Stuff

- This post is all about a few crazy house projects.

Picture - Home - Made a really crazy nodogoshi tree for the farm 1.
Picture - Home - Made a really crazy nodogoshi tree for the farm 2.
Picture - Home - Made a really crazy nodogoshi tree for the farm 3.
Picture - Home - Made a really nice winery plaque.
Picture - Home - Made a really funny character in the farm.
Picture - Home - Made a really funny welcome to La Jolla plaque.
Picture - Home - Made a really nice group of wind chimes.
Picture - Home - Made a really nice name plaque.
Beautiful Sunset

- Another beautiful sunset behind Yakushima today.

Picture - Minamitane Town - A nice view of Yakushima today.
 
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