Tanegashima, Japan - October 2015
Beach Camping

- Camping and a crazy party.

This month was really fun. We went camping at Kumano beach, an absolutely beautiful beach with equally impressive rock formations. We camped out at the beach for one night and enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise. This is easily now one of our favorite beaches on the island.

Picture - Sunrise during our camping trip at Kumano beach.

The month ended with a crazy Halloween party which lasted until the early morning hours of the next day. Thanks to everyone for coming, especially those of you who traveled all the way from Nishinoomote up north.
Kumano Beach Camping Day 1

- We arrrived at Kumano beach in the afternoon. We quickly set up our campsite and enjoyed the afternoon playing on the beach. Me and Shai went wading for a few minutes but came out soon after because of the strong winds. We took the few minute walk to the onsen, showered up, and went back to the campsite.

Picture - A beautiful view of Kumano beach.

We spent the evening doing a BBQ and made a beach fire. Then I stayed up drinking and enjoying the beach while Shai and Akiko went to play in the tent and slept early. This was the pee in the tent and step on the hot coals trip....private joke....lol.

Picture - Kumano Beach - This is a fantastic beach.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Our campsite all set up.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Relaxing on the beach in the afternoon.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Moon rising at the beach.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Another picture of the moon rising.
Kumano Beach Camping Day 2

- The morning at the beach was absolutely beautiful, albeit everything was a bit wet compliments of the morning dew which settled all over our stuff during the night. No worries though, the temps quickly warmed up and dried everything off.

Picture - Us at Kumano beach.

The highlight of the morning was a gorgeous sunrise which came up between a couple of rock formations. After breakfast we began some real fun. Me and Shai went in to ride the waves and even do a little snorkeling. This was actually the first time for me to really do this and I was able to see a lot of different fish. There was an incredibly huge school of kibinago, a small fish used for food and bait in Japan.

We spent quite awhile in the afternoon taking a huge fishing net out of the sand. This would later prove to be very useful for farming and sports projects.

Picture - Kumano Beach - Sun rising between the rocks.
Picture - Kumano Beach - An absolutely gorgeous sunrise.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Our campsite in the morning.
Picture - Kumano Beach - A few beautiful rock formations.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Found a huge fishing net on the beach.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Hawks going crazy over small river fish.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Small inlet between the rock formations.
Picture - Kumano Beach - Really enjoying our camping trip.
Picture - Kumano Beach - All packed up and ready to return home.
Anno Imo Potatoes

- This is all about growing and harvesting anno imo potatoes.

Picture - Home - A nice bed of anno imo potatoes growing in the farm.
Picture - Home - A lot of harvested anno imo potatoes.
Farm Stuff

- A couple of pictures of bananas and potatoes.

Picture - Home - A bunch of green bananas growing in the upper upper farm.
Picture - Home - A lot of harvested anno imo potatoes being stored in the shed.
BBQ and Night With Friends

- We made a nice BBQ in the afternoon. Then at night we went to visit Oyabing and Yocci at their house.

Picture - Hanging out together at night.

Picture - Home - Enjoying a really nice afternoon barbecue.
Picture - Minamitane - Shai and Taiyo playing on a cool truck.
Picture - Minamitane - Shai is making music with a seashell.
Picture - Minamitane - Now I am making a bit of music.
Picture - Minamitane - A close up of Shai blowing the seashell.
Picture - Minamitane - Now Akiko is making music.
Picture - Minamitane - A nice picture of the group doing a jam session.
Picture - Minamitane - A group picture straight out of the sixties for sure.
Nice BBQ With Friends

- This time it was our turn to play hosts and we invited Oyabing and Yocci to our place for an afternoon barbecue. We were supposed to go camping together but the cool temperatures and strong winds changed our plans.

Picture - Home - Hanging out together again.
Picture - Home - This was a lot of fun.
Pepper Extravaganza

- Harvested a lot of bell peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers today.

Picture - Home - A lot of really nice peppers.
Doggies Playing

- The doggies were really enjoying playing at the beach today.

Picture - Maenohama Beach - The doggies playing at the beach.
Picture - Maenohama Beach - The doggies playing at the beach.
Coworker Visit

- Akiko got a visit from an Apple coworker today.

Picture - Home - Welcome to our home Atsumisan 1.
Picture - Home - Welcome to our home Atsumisan 1.
Wakasa Park

- This is a nice park in the city of Nishinoomote up north.

Picture - Wakasa Park - The map at the entrance to the park.
Halloween Banner

- Decided to put up a Happy Halloween banner in the upper upper farm.

Picture - Home - This definitely made finding the house a lot easier.
Halloween Party

- Threw a pretty nice Halloween party this year again. A bunch of new folks showed up and the party went on into the early morning hours of the next day.

Picture - Crazy party at our house.

Picture - Home - This fish provided enough sashimi for everyone.
Picture - Home - This thing measured about 76 centimeters.
Picture - Home - Hey who invited this guy to the party?
Picture - Home - Guess who showed up....the Hayman family. lol.
Picture - Home - Another scary picture of this family.
Picture - Home - A couple of very skilled guests filleting this fish for sashimi.
Picture - Home - The early crazies.
Picture - Home - The early crazies getting even crazier.
Picture - Home - Who dat? Yup even famous folks came to this party.
Picture - Home - The late night crazies.
Picture - Home - And yup they got even crazier until the early morning.
Halloween Party Fish

This is a nice picture of the fish shown in the links of the above post. A neighbor brought this over before the party began. This fish was really huge and fed the entire crowd.

Picture - A nice fish for the party.

A bit of information about this fish.

Scientific name: Plectropomus leoparadus
English name: Leopard Grouper
Japanese name: Sujiara in Japan
Tanegashima name: Akajou

A couple of links for those of you who might be interested.

Fishbase - information about this fish in English
Zukan-bouz - information about this fish in Japanese
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