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