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On my way to Cat Island (Tashirojima)!

I will hold off on complaining about my dying computer, and instead wrestle with it to bring you blog posts every day that I can! 😀 Yay!

I was in Ishinomaki the last time that I wrote here, and that’s where I’m going to pick up! My exploration of the ruins had left a sour taste in my mouth. That, combined with the really awful cold, rainy weather (It was still summer!), left me feeling really depressed.

But there was one good thing looming on the horizon, and that was Cat Island! Tashirojima is the official name, and to get to it, you have to take a ferry right from the tsunami zone, and it takes about 40 minutes to get there.

True to the weather trend, it was overcast, chilly, and a bit drizzly. The seas were quite choppy, but the lady manning the ferry port (who spoke english! Sort of.) assured me that we would be able to get out there and back without any kind of cancellation on the ferry’s part.

That sounded good, so off we went!

My traveling companion and I had a cute ferry with a mermaid on it! Color me happy! 🙂

The men tending to the ferry were a bit gruff, but more-or-less friendly. I guess it’s the same for seamen worldwide. What is it that makes men who work on the sea like that? In any case, we boarded the mermaid boat and set off for parts unknown. 🙂

I am a big fan of the ocean! I love the way that it hides so many wondrous things beneath its surface. You can never tell what is lurking just beneath you, under the glassy surface. I love it!

I also love mermaids, and believe in them wholeheartedly, by the way. 🙂

Choppity chop-chop go the waves. 🙂

In Tokyo, the weather had been in the mid-90s with beating sun and stifling humidity when we left. I didn’t expect it to be so cold up North in Ishinomaki. It wasn’t that far North. So, I did the best that I could with the thin sweater that I had brought “just in case.” It’s hard to travel sometimes, lol. I was frozen to the bone in this pic, but resolved to do my best!

I had a fair amount of time to play with my new iPhone 5. 🙂 Trust me, the only way that I could afford it is because you don’t have to pay it off all at once on my contract. 😛 I love it, though! It’s much better than my iPhone 4 was, and having a working home button makes all the difference! Apple Maps was not helpful at all, though.

Here are some pictures of the interior of the ferry. I just like boats. =^-^=

And.. we’ve arrived!

We disembarked, on our way to find out why this place is known as “Cat Island..”

The next part is here: http://www.jamieism.com/1469/japan-travel/touchdown-on-tashirojima-aka-cat-island

 

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.

2 Comments

  • Hendric

    Hi Jaime!

    Awesome post. I’m thinking of heading to Tashirojima myself but can’t seem to find much information from the net and was hoping you could advise me on the best way to head there from Tokyo!

    Also wondering about the situation there after the tsunami as well?

    Thanks!

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      When I went, it was far after the tsunami, so there aren’t any problems. I would only go during the summer, though. ^^

      My friend Jasmine has a really great guide to getting there on her homepage. I suggest that you check it out! ^^
      http://zoomingjapan.com/travel/tashirojima-cat-island/

      To get to the Ishinomaki area itself, you can take a train, shinkansen, drive, or bus. I took an overnight bus because it was cheapest, but it is a little bit tiring! Good luck! I hope that you get there and have a good look around! When it’s warm, it’s a really nice place, and the cat hotels are open in the summer. 🙂

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