Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
We arrived at Tenjikan, after leaving Tomo at Hotel Mae, to find a sign reading, "A Tsunami is Coming." Wow. We went around the parking lot asking people. There were people in the surf. Cam checked NHK on his keitai. It was the earthquake in Peru. The tsunami was estimated at 20cm and had already past. It felt bad laughing at the sign, knowing that a death toll would come rolling in later. But I can now say I surfed a tsunami. In the background you can see the crazy observation building carved into a large rock. The seat on top are for watching the rocket launches as this is the home base for the Japan Space Agency.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The Tanegashima photos are up. You can see the Tsunami warning sign, a crab, three barebecues, 900 pictures of Fumiko who always seems to cover her face and then say, "Take it again." So that it ends up looking like I wanted to take so many pictures of her. No offense, but no. You can see the overhead waves at Tenjikan and the double overhead at Hotel Mae. Although the double overhead just shows up as a bunch of whitewater.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
The next day the typhoon showed up. So did Angela. The three of us stayed in James's (actually Chad's) tiny apartment all day watching movies, eating chips and drinking tea-Angela is from Manchester-. That night we got beer and Damian and Cam stopped by. We drank and played guitar and pretended we were in college. I did a 30 minute version of 'The Aristocrats' involving a small girl holding a rose while being rammed inside the corpse of a gorilla. I think I firghtened people.
The day after the typhoon was strangely rainy and we headed south to surf at Miyaura. The swells were big, somewhat powerfull, and not very rideable.
Last night was my welcome back party. We went to Yamato's new restaurant and drank beer. Lots of beer. Yamato gave me a hug and was very nice. I didn't want to go to Kobi's afterwards but we had to meet some people. I hate that place. I really hate the vibe. I went home feeling bitter and got a flat tire for my effort.
Today is the fireworks. I am not going with Shiho. Of course. At least she mailed to confirm we would not be going. I am going with Cam and Yukiko and that should be just fine.
Miyazaki is Miyazai and it is wonderful. I advise everyone to make friends and keep them. Friends are rad. I think we have talked about Kumar at least 900 times in three days. We all really miss him a lot. It sucks that he won't be there to yell, "Tamaya!" at the fireworks tonight. I will do one for him, but it won't be as charming or well recieved.
I surfed today but the waves were small. I got sun on my back. I need to surf in the morning and get sun on my front. Must get in shape for Tanegashima. I'll try to get it together and post Miyazaki pictures soon. Just letting everyone know I am alive. (If typing this on a 7 year old Gateway computer counts as 'alive'.)
attempting to silence the voices in my head.