We are back home safely in Amakusa. "Nani yorimo bujidesu" is a Japanese expression that our friend Kenji likes to always say which means "Nothing is more important than returning home safely".
During our 2 week holiday in Okinawa we were hit with no fewer than 3 typhoons. There really wasn't an ideal day for kayak touring. Despite not being able to accomplish our intended route, we did have a great time. We were charmed by the many kind friends we made on our trip. Locals and travellers really seem to be intrigued and curious with our way of travelling.
As before, we were especially enchanted with Iriomote Island's wild coastline, jungles and mangroves. Every day we went snorkeling. Strong wind and waves roughed up the sea surface, but we were able to anchor our kayaks, leave the misery of the surface, dive down and enter the crystal clear underwater world.
It was just so great to be in such a clean environment, living outside for an extended length of time. It was wonderful to live with the rise and fall of the tides, the winds, the rains and the storms. We return to Amakusa feeling more alive and cleansed. Check back shortly for an indepth trip report!