So we arrived in Yonaguni early on the Sunday morning, we had entrusted the ‘Gods of diving’ with all aspects of the trip (ie we hadn’t booked anything, just rocked up on a wing and a prayer....but an atheist prayer obviously). It appears the matrix program was happy with this and allowed all bits required to fall into place. At the airport in Yonaguni (very small, with the bloke who cleans the floor also being the guy who checks you in), we asked about accommodations and the lady manning the information desk called a mate, who collected us and took us to her guest house. It was brilliant, rustic with everything you want, friendly people and a cool vibe.
We ended up staying the week at the guest house after our original plan to go and do some camping on the island was scuppered when we were informed its not allowed (we shouldn’t of asked!). We had a great weeks diving though and my write up about the Yonaguni Monument can be seen below this blog (scroll down). I was introduced to the delights of ‘Wasabi’, which (being the novice), i chucked a spoonful gleefully into my mouth; bad mistake...firstly it tastes like a mix of battery acid and mustard (i hate mustard), secondly its kind of radioactive...not a pleasant experience & I wont be doing that again thank you very much.
After a beautiful week we headed back to Tokyo, or at least that’s what we hoped we were going to do. Typhoon ‘Habibibibibgigig’ was doing its thing in the pacific and was approaching Japan, threatening to arrive with the same kind of greeting as the ‘Enola Gay’. Fortunately for us it didn’t arrive untill 24 hours after we landed ...Yay!. However, typhoon Haggis had the last laugh, when its caused the England v France game to be cancelled, for which we had tickets....booo.
We booked into a little apartment in the Kawasaki region of Tokyo and waited to see what the Typhoon would bring. The TV was full of impending doom (much like the UK TV if we get 1mm of snow), and the streets were definitely a lot quieter than normal. It was raining heavily and the wind increased during the day, but it wasn’t anything outrageous. We went out for a walk and some shops were open including 7/11, McDonald’s & the local hairdresser. We toured around a bit but didn’t want to push to Yokohama to meet friends who had just arrived in Japan, just in case Yokohama was no longer there.
The day dragged as we waited for death to arrive; another walk saw Maccy D’s was closed (sure sign of disaster), 7/11 was closing but the hairdressers was doing a roaring trade with blond Japanese ‘men’ mincing about and curlers flying everywhere; just goes to show eh!!
About 6;30 as we sat in the apartment with the wind blowing outside when the house shook with an earthquake; this was pretty much my first earthquake, and it was a pretty small one (5 on The Richter scale), however the house was like a piece of paper when you flap it about...you can keep the big quakes...not fo me Ron!!! After a day of boredom waiting, I went to bed about 9, wondering if I’d wake up in a different time zone, but nothing...woke the next morning to a beautiful clear day!!...typhoons..they’re just full of hot air!!
Since then we have taken our first Shinkansen (bullet train), and dam they are quick. We’ve toured Kyoto which is beautiful city with lots to do. We have wandered the park in Nara, in which Deer mingle with the people and just get along...very special! We visited Ground Zero (Hypocentre), at Hiroshima (the exact point below where the Atom Bomb detonated; its a very moving place and the museum is special and important to see if in the city. In there the have the piece of stone where someone’s shadow is burnt into in when they were atomised by the flash,
points that amused me
there is now a McDonald’s within 100m of where the bomb exploded.
Whilst crossing the bridge which was the aiming point for the bomb aimer on the Enola Gay (although it dropped about 300m away,,,Maccy D’s got closer), I saw a Japanese guy walking over the bridge in a white jacket with USA in big letters over the back of it....Irony was on overtime.
The Jock’s got stuffed by Japan
Alisha Had a bird shit on her head
Had a Day visiting the Lovely famous Shrine on the island of Miyajima today, see the amazing pic below.
Head to OITA tomorrow ready for the game against the Aussies.....C’mon England!