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Tohoku Visit

We got on an early Shinkansen to Sendai on Saturday. From Sendai we drove a rental car to Kobuchihama where we checked in at Atagoso.


Once checked in we went on a visiting trip to all our friends. One of te stop were at Mei’s grandparents. As usual she was there.


After visiting many friends we got back to Aragoso for dinner. We had so much to eat, all things from the sea. Including an unlimited number of sea urchin.


On Sunday we continued our tour around to meet with friends. We had a short stop at the harbor to have a look at Koshi’ boat and the hundreds of flatfish that he and his crew caught.

In the afternoon we visited Fukukiura. Another new born baby.


Then it was time to return to Tokyo. 2 hours drive to Sendai. Dinner. 1.5 hours ride on Shinkansen to Tokyo. Toku picking us up and driving us home. Exhausted. Sleep.


Summer time is around the corner in Tokyo, and that means time to eat cold somen (noodles).


We usually have it for breakfast with okra, myoga, leak, shiso, ginger, sesame seeds and a bouillon made of water, katsuobushi, mirin and thin soy sauce.

All natural without any chemicals. Just love, which is all you need ;-)


Boat to Na Pali Coast

On Friday we made an impulsive decision to take a boat trip to the Na Pali coast. We picked the Blue Dolphins cruisers since we’ve been in contact with Naiya and Roy before, and they helped us get booked for a morning trip were Roy was captain.

So today we woke up early, got to. Port Allen and got on the boat. First we made a brief stop to snorkel. The water was clear and I did some dives to the bottom 6-10 meters below but had really big problems with my ears. Very painful. So I got out of the water and rested on the boat. Unfortunately for me was that as soon as I was out of the water a big sea turtle showed up. Chie could have a close look but I saw just a bunch of snorkelers from the boat :-(

Halfway to the Na Pali coast we were joined by a large pod of spinner dolphins. The cruised along in front of the boat for a while and then left us. We all enjoyed their company a lot.


On our way back from the Na Pali coast we saw something rare. A Hawaiian Monk Seal at the surface, eating an octopus. It is rare because there are only 1100 of them (one of the most endangered species on earth) and only about 35 of them around Kauai. And they are nocturnal. But not this one, or at least not today. We spent around 10 minutes watching him eat, and then we had to continue our trip back to Port Allen.


Afterwards we went back to Kiahuna where we ended the day by relaxing on the beach and playing in the waves.