Sea kayaking in Japan, 1981
Scribe: Laurie Ford
|Kids launching Cec's boat.
||Primary class collecting seaweed.
In 1981 five paddlers from Tasmania took sea kayaks to Japan for eight
weeks, and spent about five and a half weeks paddling from Kobe, west through
the Inland Sea to Hiroshima, and then through the Shimonoseki Straits and
out to the Goto Retto Islands, approximately 600 miles all up (map).
From memory I think there are something like 3,000 islands in the Inland
Sea, which made it a very interesting place to paddle in. You wouldn't
believe how friendly the people were, and their whole culture was an eye
opener for me - their homes, their villages, even their cities. Because
we didn't speak any Japanese at all it made going into a restaurant a little
difficult, but many of them actually had very life-like plastic imitations
of a lot of their dishes in their front windows. Many's the time we would
drag the waitress outside by the hand and point to something that took
our fancy, not really knowing what it was - but it looked edible to us.
The canoeing conditions were pretty flat to say the least, and the weather
incredibly warm and pleasant, till the 'wet' season arrived mid trip. This
trip has been written up in some detail and is available over several issues
of The Sea Canoeist. Sorry it is a large file, but here it is - part
1 - part2.
Copyright Laurie Ford
This page last updated on February 12, 2001.