Seeing is believing.
My Uncle called me for Uber Eats service.
My uncle misses his childhood food: Jojoen Jo-Karubi (supreme short rib) and kimchi.
I also brought Almond Rinchou (Ring chou a la creme).
My Uncle is very happy.
I met his new partner: Mike
She is a Japanese cat, Mike-Neko (three types of coloured Hair Cat).
Nice meeting you; pls entertain my Uncle
When I tried to post numerous photos and videos on my diving trip to Palau, the system was jammed.
I noticed WordPress upgraded the system recently and perhaps, I might not face the problem.
Nonetheless, I’m posting other matters on my trip to Miyakojima, Okinawa on this post.
On previous post, I mainly shared about under water matters.
Now I would like to share on over (!?) water matters.
There are many more activities on the ship.
While we are resting between divings, some divers were enjoying fishing.
As a result, they caught Ika (squids)
And Gurukun (Bananafish).
Gurukun is popular Okinawan fish that we can find it easily on the menu of restaurants.
However, to serve in sashimi (raw), it has to be super fresh.
We have to eat it in 10 mins after catching it.
Therefore, this is the only way to try the taste: on the ship!
You might easily guess that both Ika and Gurukun were super delicious!
While we are moving to next point of diving spot, we met dolphins and manta.
I could catch manta’s fin by my eyes but not able to by my camera because it blended in to waves.
If you are lucky, you can also see dolphins and manta.
We had lunch on the ship over looking ocean.
This place is famous for its clearness and colour!
Lunch was nice; these are all home made cooked dishes
We also enjoyed food and activities in town.
Nice local food and local music at Bunmya.
We had Awamori (distill made of Thai rice which contains 35 – 40 percent alcohol) and local beer, Orion.
The store taught us local way of enjoying Awamori – with canned black coffee.
To our surprise, it’s so nice!!
The musician sang with Sanshi (Okinawan local guitar).
He plays a traditional music instrument, but he rocked the place!
My body started moving automatically!
The next day, Deiriguchi.
We asked other diving mates to join us for dinner and we enjoyed drinking, eating and laughing together.
Yes, we had fried Gurukun (right bottom corner) as well.
The final night, we had our dinner at Yakiniku Inkazi (BBQ Inkazi).
We tried different Awamori every night: Tyumya, Kuon, Ryukyu Ocho, etc.
Every night, despite how full we were, we returned to the Steak House Leon to end our day.
The last day, we woke up late lazily.
We even had our breakfast at our room. hahaha
Since our body was tired from 3-day diving.
We went for massage at Hogushi-Ya (Unwinding House).
After unwinding our body, we went to Steak House Leon for last visit.
I’m gonna miss this…
Then I walked the street for looking for a souvenir.
The place, Miyakojima is famous for production of salt and found a salt specialized shop, Maasuya.
I enjoyed soft cream (ice cream) with free flavored salt.
I bought souvenirs from this shop.
However, I noticed I’ve been to this shop by looking at their products but in Azabu-Juban in Tokyo.
The sales lady happily reported to me that the company has a satellite shop in Azabu-Juban.
I bought souvenirs that I could buy in neighbor. Ahhhhh
Well, good prodicts should be accepted at any markets anyway.
However, sadly I learned the satellite shop in Tokyo will close on 15 March 2020.
The last thing we did before heading to airport is to cross Irabu Ohashi (Irabu Big Bridge) which we crossed under it every morning.
It’s 3,540 m long bridge to connect Miyakojima and IrabuJima.
It’s longest bridge in Japan for free access.
In terms of length, it is fourth longest bridge in Japan after Aqua Line (4,384 m), Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi (3,911 m) and Kansai Kuko Renrakubashi (Kansai Airport Connecting Bridge: 3,750 m).
I believe I’ve done all what I could do in Miyakojima.
I would like to thank my friend to plan and reserve nice restaurants and n advance so that we won’t miss out any good food and time together.
Monday, 24 February 2020 was a Japanese national holiday in observance of replacement of New Emperor’s Birthday on Sunday, 23 February 2020.
I took few more days off to go to Miyakojima, Okinawa from 21 – 25 February 2020.
There is a direct flight from Haneda Airport to Miyakojima which takes three hours to my surprise – three hours…
I look forward to use the lounge for domestic flight and I thought we are going to have a bite there.
However, I was informed that there aren’t any food.
When I reached at Haneda Airport, I spotted Mac Donald and suddenly I had a craving for Sausage Egg Muffin, regular Mac Breakfast.
Nonetheless, we stopped at ANA Lounge.
It’s time for boarding.
This is when we realized the flight takes three hours.
The distance must be almost same as reaching to Guam…?
Another world, I could go to overseas with three hours flight.
Today, ANA briefs flight safety in Kabuki (Japanese traditional play) Style.
As you can see, we are not provided an individual screen.
We need to be creative to enjoy flight entertainment which I failed to do so by forgetting to bring my head set for iPhone X.
We are finally approaching to Miyakojima, Okinawa.
It takes two hours to the capital city of Okinawa, Naha, meaning Miyakojima is located much farther.
Once we reached Miyakojima, we checked in at Coral Island Hotel.
We unpacked and waited for other friend from Osaka to join us for dinner.
Unfortunately, this nice Okinawan and Miyakojima local food restaurant, Bocha Tatsuya doesn’t allowed to take any photos of food.
I took some photos for my memory but sorry, I should not post any to respect the restaurant.
This restaurant is must go to enjoy delicious local Miyakojima food.
Despite enjoying various Miyakojima local food, we followed the Okinawan custom – eat steak for last meal of the day.
We went to famous Steak House Leon for a steak and local beer, Orion.
Please remember we just had various dishes and we even emptied two bottles of Awamori (distill made of Thai rice which contains 30 – 45 percent alcohol) at the restaurant.
However this is what each of us had after good food. hahaha
The hotel provides us simple breakfast such as bread, egg or yogurt and drink (tea, coffee, milk and water).
I could enhance it by buying salad and yogurt myself but I’ve been having nice dinner so these are sufficient.
We engaged Aqua Story for three-day diving (3 dives x 3 days).
We passed famous Irabu Ohashi (Irabu Big Bridge) every day.
The diving spots for Miyakojima are famous for Chikei (landscape).
We dive through a hole, looking at cracks and shape of rocks and how sun light reaches at the bottom of ocean.
Sometimes we go up to surface and dive back to return.
I wanted to post this movie at the previous blog: Trip to Palau.
However, it seems the capacity is limited for one blog; therefore, I am posting it here.
I caught this at the time of exit so I wasn’t prepared.
Perhaps, the quality of movie is not good to be posted but I’m so excited to catch the Manta Train so I’ll share this anyway.
I was absent from Word Press but there are so many things that I wanted to post.
Sorry, I was too tired. hahaha
I took days off from 31 January – 5 February 2020 to go to Palau for diving.
I haven’t dived for a while so surely I was excited.
Unfortunately, the direct flight between Narita and Palau by Delta is no longer in service.
We took United to Guam and change flight.
I didn’t know it was preferred to obtain ESTA (electric VISA for the US) for transit at Guam.
We need to go through immigration to exit and re-enter at Guam.
I busily registered myself but I received a notice that it will take two days to process it.
I needed the internet access and rushed to the gate.
Hoping application would be processed by the time we reached to Guam.
I continued to register for others till losing internet connection before departure.
My seat was facing back so I could have a clear view of airplanes heading for runway
And taking off.
I purchased inflight internet access for an hour to complete registration for ESTA for friends.
I’ve done what we could do at that time.
I had Loco Moco for inflight lunch.
I thought the way serving lemon tea is cute.
Now landing to Guam.
Unfortunately, ESTA wasn’t approved by the time we landed.
However, we were informed by a flight attendant that we could queue at the line for ESTA holder for transit.
We exited and re-entered.
We had good four hours to connecting flight.
We chatted over drinks and light snacks.
United’s flight video is collaborated with Star Wars!!!
This might be showing at previous flight but I was too busy registering ESTA so I’m might have missed it. hahaha
I had sandwich for inflight meal.
It looks simple yet nice.
The person next to me placed her arm on my inflight monitor controller so I could not view anything.
When I managed to press it while she moved her arm but later she placed her arm to change the channel. Sigh
She was watching Japanese movie with English subtitle so I watched her screen.
It was less than 2 hour flight but I felt it longer…
I didn’t know that Palau is stop over for this flight and this continued to Manila.
I had to walk over two passengers to exit. Ahhhhh
Finally, we arrived at Palau and the Penthouse Hotel in Koror.
The internet connection is superb and WCTC shopping center is nicely located in few minutes walk away.
The hotel provides blue beach towel at the counter.
The next day we had a breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
For the next day, we bought breakfast at the supermarket at WCTC such as anpan (red bean bread), yogurt and orange juice for breakfast.
We departed for diving shop, Cruse Control.
Nice staffs looked after us.
I decided to take a license for NITROX this time.
We came to Palau in early February, especially new moon for spawning season for Tsunodashiuo (Moorish Idols).
If we are lucky we could see over few hundreds even thousand Moorish Idols in a group.
We dived mainly at Blue Corner where we can expect many various fish and of course Moorish Idols.
To my surprise there are many sharks swimming under a group of Moorish Idols.
I didn’t know sharks are not good at hunting.
Therefore, a shark targets Moorish Idols when they become weak at the spawning season.
Unfortunately; they swim deeper than us and light won’t reach them so it’s not clear on the photo.
However, these shadows indicate sharks and you would know there are MANY.
We were lucky that we managed to watch Moorish Idols at most of our dives.
We also watched other fish.
Can you find a fish?
And at the German Channel, we also caught Mantas!
I even watched Manta Train!
However, I noticed there is limited capacity for one post.
I will post the movie of Manta Train on the different post.
Sayonara Koror, Sayonara Moorish Idols!
These are lunch that I had on the boat.
And at the shop.
After 14 dives over 3.5 days, I joined a half day trip to Shell Island and Jelly Fish Park for snorkeling which is operated by Antelope.
Shell Island and also called Inoki Island.
Japanese retired Professional wrestler, Inoki has a property here.
It’s Shell Island because there are Shakogai (Giant Clams).
And some fish
The next is the major destination… heading for Jelly Fish Park!!!!
When I visited Palau in 2017, Jelly Fish Park was closed because of death of Jelly Fish due to global warming.
It was so much fun!
There are so many of jelly fish and these are harmless to touch!
Every night, we had nice food such as Thai, Indian and Sushi for supper.
On the last night, we and staffs of diving shop gathered to have a party at Italian restaurant.
Our departure flight was at 3:35 am, I slept through the returned flights.
I remember having breakfast only. hahaha
Usually, something will come up and I won’t be able to complete my week like this.
Nonetheless, I managed for a week and this is my ideal week.
Monday, 3 June 2019, Exercise at Tipness Roppongi
Tuesday, 4 June 2019, Exercise at Megalos 0+ Ebisu
Friday, 7 June 2019, VoltBox at Megalos Hibiya
Saturday, 8 June 2019, Spa at May’s Garden Spa
Sunday, 9 June 2019, Diving at Bommie Diving Shop, Ito (Tateyama), Chiba
It has been 11 months since my last dive.
Fishermen feed sharks and stingray to protect fish from them; therefore, there are many and I really mean MANY sharks and stingrays at the East Bouy Point.
I was hit by sharks and stingrays.
There is a cute frogfish.
I use old iPhone 5 as my camera so it’s not equip to take a small creature.
This is the best shot for a frogfish.
On the other hand, my friend recently bought a Panasonic TG-5 and took a nice photo using microscope mode. Ta~da~
There are many different designed cute seaslugs.
But my photos are not sharp and clear enough.
Shall I buy a camera so that I can take photos like these? hummmmm
It’s a season and I had a free Saturday.
I caught an early Shinkansen (bullet train) to go down Mikomoto, Izu Shimoda, Shizuoka.
It’s such a nice day!
I overheard conversation of others and learned that we can view Izu Islands from train window.
At the window, there are shapes of islands that we expect to see from the window.
Could this be Ooshima?
8:50 am sharp, I arrived Izu Shimoda Station.
Today, I could see Hammerheads!!!
At the first dive of today, I saw one but very close by.
At second dive, I saw 6-7 Hammerheads in a group, picture is not clear to identify hammerheads.
For lunch, we went to a beach house.
It was nice and peaceful between two dives as if I were at vacation.
We celebrated at Izakata (Japanese pub) at Izu Shimoda Station to celebrate watching Hammerhead Sharks today.
This time, no stay over; going back to Tokyo.
Though I managed to see Hammerhead sharks not for singular for singular but plural, but now I become more greedy…I want more clear and more more more Hammerhead sharks!!!
I woke up early at 5:30 am because we forgot to close the curtain.
I went to a morning bath; to my surprise, there are many people at 6:00 am.
Today, we plan to go to Kamogawa Sea World.
We reached at the entrance of Kamogawa Sea World. Yeah.
There are many performances by many aqua creatures.
First, watched Shachi (Killer Whales) Performance.
Great performances and splash!
Then Ashika (Sea Lion) Performance
Smile Family performed a comical play.
Then continuously watched Iruka (Dolphin) performance.
Four dolphins performed acrobatic show.
Then we took a break: lunch.
The last show: Beluga Whale Performance
They are cute!
Would I have an opportunity to swim with them?
And there are aquariums to meet many more creatures.
Yes, these are the situation that I want to swim with them!
After enjoying spending time at the Kamogawa Sea World, returned to hotel to take a bath before dinner.
Today, we went to Kerama Shoto (Islands) area by this boat.
It takes one hour to reach diving points.
The first point: Kuroshima Kita (Kuroshima North).
We enjoyed landscapes; there are many corals (hard, soft and fan), crevasses, cracks and fish in cracks.
Kasago (Rockfish/Scorpion Fish)
I took a photo of boat from ocean.
The second point Kamigu.
Again enjoyed landscapes.
Reminded me of Oolong Channel, Palau.
Small Umiushi (Sea Slug).
Nimo! Kakure Kumanomi (Crown Fish)
I had lunch on the boat.
Then last dive in Okinawa at Jizuru.
We again enjoyed the landscapes.
HoshidaKaragai (Tiger Cowrie)
And there are many fish at the crack.
There are few Umiushi.
At last, meeting a turtle.
On the way back to Tomari Port, we are lucky to watch Naha Hurley (Dragon Boat Race) 2018 from the boat.
I had a good look of it because I didn’t have to worry about people in front of me
For dinner, first, we went to Korean BBQ Roins, Naha, Okinawa.
Then we went to Hagama Zushi, too.
I enjoyed too much of Awamori (Okinawa’s strong rice distilled liquor).
I went to bed at 9 pm. hahaha