Watching by Gunarto Song.
Japan was the most incomparable thing I’ve ever done. First of all the people in Japan are the most friendly, helpful people I’ve come across. Just to give an example…we were in Miyojima and were looking for a post office and went into a store to ask for directions. Instead of pointing the direction or telling us where to go, she told us to follow her. She guided us down the street, leaving her shop, to the front door of the post office. This would never happen in America. I’m writing this now that I’m back on the boat, so details might be a little scarce and this post will be very long. I went on 2 SAS field trips in Japan: Cultural Tokyo and Hiroshima/Miyajima.
Day 1: I just explored Yokohama all day with a couple of people. It’s about the size of Seattle, but is a suburb of Tokyo. There are no bums in all of Tokyo because the authorities have moved them to outside of the city. I tried Sushi for the first time here and really enjoyed it. We went to a Sushi restaurant where little plates of sushi went around on a conveyer belt and you picked out whatever you want.
One day from Japan and Mother Nature decides she wants to act up.
I think I forgot to mention a few things in the last post…
First, we crossed the international date line the other day. So, in the entire voyage, we gain a total of 24 hours by setting our clocks back. We’ve gained like 8 hours so far I think. When we passed the international date line and because of the 24 hours we gain, we basically skipped over an entire day (Jan. 21st). Like the day never existed for us this year. People onboard with birthdays that day were just thrilled.
Second, as we departed Honolulu we saw whales breaching. I think they were humpback whales, but I’m not completely sure. This is the best picture I could get. Such an amazing site to witness.