Saturday, September 03, 2005


crew, originally uploaded by vibromama.

Getting the kayaks on the ferryboat has always proved interesting. Kayaking is (incredibly) still such a rare sport in this rich island nation that the word “shii-kayakku”, though now officially Japanese, has not yet registered in the common vocabulary and even “kanuu”, which we guess means any kind of small boat, not only a canoe, often produces blank stares on the faces of the ferry personnel. This time the commotion culminated as the entire dock crew gathered to box up the boats. When we explained we wouldn’t be needing our car because we’ll be paddling halfway back from Okinawa, they exclaimed: “Yuu aa kureijii!”.


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