Kashikojima Cruise

After getting off at Kashikojima station, you can walk less than 5 minutes to a dock.

From that dock you can join an array of short cruises around the islands.

The one I used was modeled after one of Columbus’ famous ships.

It was approximately 50 minutes long and included a tour of a pear diving museum and shop.

The area is known for pearls, boasting the Mikimoto company, and a history of Ama. Ama are the female pearl divers that were kniwn for being able to hold their breath for a long time and swiming bare-breasted.

The cruise itself was alright and best enjoyed on one of the outdoor decks, as the ship wasn’t air conditioned.

You can also purchase light snacks and drinks, though like the one in Osaka, leave a lot to be desired. However, the old woman attending the shop was exceptionally sweet.

Since it was obscenly hot that day, I spent most of the trip on the covered aft deck, with a few other people. I was also one of the few people who thought to bring a fan.

I did enjoy the short museum tour amd demonstration though. They explained how cultured pearls are made and even seeded an oyster in front of us. It’s a little bit cruel really.

After that, we boarded the boat to return to the boarding point nearest to the station.

We passed a few islands, but the return trip wasn’t very eventful. Once we disembarked, most of the little shops were already closed.

So, I went back to the station, bought a few snacks, and got on a train headed back to Nagoya.


Nakamura Koen


Since I bought my bike, I’ve been able to go to so many more places. It cuts travel time down considerably and motivates my lazy self to exercise a bit.

One day, I decided that I would pick a direction, and bike straight for about fourty five minutes. I didn’t go straight. I didnt bike for just fourty five minutes. I didn’t pass go or collect two hundred dollars. But I did find a somewhat famous park.

Fujisan and Lake Biwa


If you ever have a chance to visit Yamanashi, I would recommend that you do. The area has a lot to see, things to do, and foods to eat. Also, if wine is your thing, I’m told that it is one of the things Yamanashi is known for. As I am unable to drink, I will never know for sure, so I am relying on the opinions of others.


A Fun Weekend


Friday afternoon, I got out of work a little bit early, and went for a hike with my Auntie. She picked me up from work and drove us to a farm on the outskirts of Sleepy Hallow. We walked for about 2 hours (until well after the sun went down) before heading home for the night. It was all really fun.

Saturday, I went down to the city with Mom, to do a bit of shopping. We ate lunch out and then visited a bunch of stores in search of heavy sweaters and snow boots. We found the boots, but unfortunately not the sweaters. It seems that the offerings in women’s wear this year are a bit… lacking.

Today, I continued my Christmas shopping. I was able to find a few things I think Mom would like, and something that I was looking at for Brother, but I am having a hard time of it this year. I have no idea what to get anyone… everything makes me wonder, “does XX really need this?” or “Will XX ever have a chance to actually use this?” or “Is there something XX can use more?”

I am loath to buy anyone on my list some stupid little gift set or the like. Most of my friends are men, who have no use for scented shower gels or jewelry. The three ladies on my list don’t care for that sort of thing either. To be honest, video games used to be my go-to gift in the past, but none of us have time or energy to play them much anymore. That leaves clothes, food, or money.