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I’m back with another episode of
Tamaki Hiroshi’s Journeys in Japan!
A new documentary series is being aired
from BS Asahi in Japan right now.
玉木宏の秘境ふれあい紀行～Postal Code Journey～
Every Thursday at 23:00
I write an English report for each episode of the series here on my blog, for his non-Japanese fans who cannot watch the show on TV, or understand Japanese very well. My only wish is to let everyone know more and more about him ^^
This time I will be writing about his trip to Nishinoshima.
This episode was first aired in Japan on October 9th, 2014
Nishinoshima, is a very special place for Tamaki san.
It’s the place where his grandparents have lived for years,
and his father was born and raised.
It’s a very small but gorgeous town placed in Oki District, Shimane Prefecture.
Even now, Tamaki san visits the place almost every year.
OK! Let’s start the journey ヽ(・∀・)ノ
Tamaki san arrives in the island and gets off the ferry,
And approaches a group of 3 who are of course residents of the place.
The amazing thing about this trip is…
no one here is surprised or excited to see him!
Well… you can feel it… he’s one of them here XD
He asks if he can talk to them and then gets closer.
The baby attracted him if you ask me XD
I don’t think he can get the baby’s attention!!
He says “Hello!”
…but the baby is more interested in the Camera or the Microphone XD
Then Tamaki san asks his name but the baby just gives him a look and then looks back at the Microphone again XD
Then Tamaki san asks him “Can I ask you something?
…Where can I find the unexplored regions?” XD and everyone laughs!
As they are walking on the road in town,
suddenly Tamaki san decides to take a shortcut.
With a very pure and childish look on his face…
A shortcut only he knows about… He’s our private guide today ♡
He walks down the stairs…
And gets close to the river…
There’s a lady standing there whom I think lives nearby maybe in the house next to the riverside… Surprised to see them all climbing down the stairs XD
Tamaki san laughs and apologizes for the disturbance!
The lady says that she can’t see the yakouchu.
They will shine when it’s dark but right now it’s hard to find anything.
Then Tamaki san says that his grandfather used to tell him that this place is a natural aquarium!
And he leaves the lady for now and guides us to a very special place!
What I really like here is how he says
“We’ll go to sotohama and come back here again…”
He feels so at home here!
Then he starts walking by the riverside…
To the place where the river joins the sea…
He climbs up the stairs…
and here comes the beach… sotohamakaisuiyokujo (外浜海水浴場)
He says that you can’t find places like this one very often, this is one of the unexplored beautiful spots he keeps dear in his heart since his childhood.
“Being able to get into the water while watching such a beautiful landscape, I used to think of it as something normal when I was a kid… But as I grew older and got to see many things in my life, now I realize the value of a place like this!”
He walks down the stairs again and starts walking by the riverside one more time…
Then he stops where you can see in the photo…
…and tells us abut how he lies down here on the ground at night, and watches the starry sky when he comes to Oki!
～**If you used to listen to his radio show “Naked”,
then you might remember the place!**～
“Here… the stars are amazing!” he says!!
Then as he gets closer to the sea….
He shows us the reason why his grandfather said the place is a natural aquarium XD
You can clearly see the fish swimming in the water ♡
And our Nature friendly traveler XD takes of his sandals and steps into the beach!
And walks into the water with no hesitation…
“It’s really soft! Nothing’s hurting my feet!!” he says…
And also adds “It makes you feel at ease… a wonderful place…”
He explains, as he lived in Tokyo for many years, Summer has started to become a fun period of time during the year for him…
As he grows older each year…
deep inside he can feel it…
that a part of him is always seeking for a place like this!
As he leaves the beach…
he takes us to another place…
Highly Recommended by Tamaki Hiroshi XD
“It’s PERFECT!” he says XD
An old shop he used to visit often as a kid!
He asks the lady in charge after saying hello,
“Is the Soft cream available?”
And the lady tells him that it will be ready in 5 minutes!
So he goes inside…
and sits down while waiting for the ice cream XD
He’s the only customer with one order of ice cream!
So he’s worried about the left over amount of the ice cream the shop will have just because of this one oreder XD
But here comes the shop lady with this amazing smile on her face and the ice cream in her hand!
Hands over the ice cream and says it will be 200 yen… and Tamaki san hands over the money and thanks her…
Compared to Tokyo,
the price is pretty cheap I guess ^^
As he is eating the ice cream with a beautiful sparkle of joy in his eyes …
He starts to talk about his childhood…
“When I was a kid… I used to borrow the bicycle at my grandfather’s house…”
And suddenly the shop lady comes back with 800 yen change in her hand and hands it over to him. (I REALLY wanted to hear the rest of the story… ^^;)
Then as she wants to leave…
Tamaki san calls for her
“Okaasan, can we talk to you a little bit?”
hahahaha and her reaction is so cute
But she comes back inside and sits down with him…
Then he asks her how old is the shop and she answers
“40 years I think.”
And then she says “You come here to visit every year…”
– Yes I do!
– Good job! Great you don’t forget about the place…
Tamaki san really visits the place often.And since his grandmother has passed away, he goes there to visit her grave every year ^^
And okaasan here says that she always hears the gossip when he comes back… people talking about Tamaki Hiroshi swimming in the sea nearby XD
hehehehe seems like he gets in the water and goes deep down, and when he comes back to surface, he always finds many people standing there XD coming to meet him XD
I bet they all like him…
maybe proud of him XD
And as he’s about to say goodbye to her and leave the shop, okaasan asks him if he will stay over and when he says “Yes, of course!”
she asks him to say Hi (Probably to his relatives she means) And he says “Sure! I will.”
Feels so warm… wonderful!
Let’s move on!!
Next is another spot Tamaki san LOVES!
As he moves toward the place…
…he keeps warning us:
“It gets awesome from here on…”
hehehehe “Awesome” he repeats again XD
And as he walks into the field… “Here it is!” he says.
And we open our eyes to a beautiful panorama view of the sea…
Awesome… is not enough!!
He says that he has taken many photos of his childhood here…
and adds: “Every time I come to Oki,
if the weather is good enough,
I will climb up here… and spend…
hmm, how much time I wonder…
there are lots of times I spend
many hours doing absolutely nothing here!”
He says that he likes the place no matter how many times he visits! And he finds the view incredibly fantastic!
The light shining down over the clouds and the reflection on the water!
Next he goes to
A huge cliff with a wonderful view!
Seems like it is used as a grazing field for both Cows and Horses. Somehow a very natural and beautiful view!
As he guides us to his favorite spots,
he climbs up and up and up again!
And as he reached the spot…
he turns back his face toward the camera,
and with pride in his eyes and his voice
“Here is the place!” he says.
And he walks down and gets close to the fence while warning us: “For people who are afraid of high places, it may be frighting!”
and without saying a single word…
Tamaki san starts taking photos
and gets lost in the moment…
Then talking to us about the history of the place…
how much time did it take for this place to turn into its current shape?
Thinking about the background of this landscape…
makes you keep staring at it all the time!
“…More than thinking about something particular, getting overwhelmed by the power which is produced by this nature… your mind will be clear, free! And you don’t think about your personal problems anymore… you will be healed, for some reason become calm and feel at ease…” he says.
This is the power a spot like this will give you!!
Getting back to the port…
while walking by the sea…
Tamaki san finds something nostalgic! A boat which used to belong to his family with the name Hougyokumaru!
Seems like they gave it away to someone else and it belongs to that person right now.
Here he encounters two old ladies, pretty busy doing some fishing on the port!
The old lady seems to have caught a fish but she has no idea what kind of a fish it is!
As they talk a little bit,
Tamaki san finds two more fishes lying on the ground!
Poor things!! Seems like the ladies are just not interested in them XD
I really wish I could say:
“At least let them go back into the water for God’s sake!!!”
Finally one of them catches a big fish
and puts it inside the bucket of water XD
But at the same time,
the other lady tosses out the other tiny fish >_<
And the poor fish lands right beside the bucket!!
Not inside of course (~_~;
Tamaki san is looking and he laughs
while trying to hide his laughter,
“Is it OK not to put this one inside?!
But seems like the ladies are onlyinterested in catching “Aji”
I feel so sorry for this one…
Then Tamaki san sits down,
and carefully picks up the poor fish with his hand…
Suddenly one of the ladies asks:
“Are you from this area?!”
“No, I’m not. My father was born here!”
And puts the fish in the water
with the kindest smile ever XD
Thank you Tamaki san ♡
And he leaves the two ladies
with a very funny smile on his face XD
Even for Tamaki san who used to play around in this town all the time when he was a kid, there are places he’s never been to!
Like the restaurant he finds here…
Somehow the restaurant is only open for 2 hours XD
OK! Let’s get in before they close XD
Tamaki san enters the restaurant and asks the owner if it’s OK to get inside!
Since he has a large team of people accompanying him!
And I think the lady is pretty excited about having him in the shop, so she asks him to get in XD
She turns into the other lady and whispers
“It’s Tamaki hiroshi!!”
But well… since I can hear her…
I guess he did too XD
He chooses a table and sits down!
And as he does… he notices the “sazae don” poster in the background XD
And makes a joke about the way the poster is made…
Then as the lady is here to bring him some water and take his order,
he says “You only open for two hours?!”
The lady laughs and says yes!
And at night they open the shop only if they have reservations made!
Then he orders “sazae don”!!
Here the director asks him if it’s easy to find sazae here in Oki
… and he says that it’s almost everywhere to be found!
If you look carefully in the cracks of the stones, you can see them!
And if you try scratching them by something,
you can pick them up easily!
OK! Here comes his order… Sazae don!
And he opens the lid…
He thanks the lady and asks her about the black leaves inside
“Is this konbu?”
But she says it’s another kind of seaweed called arame…
popular in Oki!
He starts eating…
and likes it ^^
Saying it’s fresh and healthy.
Then Tamaki san asks the lady if she has always lived here in this town. And she answers with yes, but after graduating from High school, she went to Nagoya to continue her studies in the university.
Nagoya XD Tamaki san’s home town!
Then she talks about the Mita elementary school where she (And Tamaki san’s father) finished her elementary studies.
And she asks Tamaki san if he knows the place and he tells her that he’s seen the school from outside, but has never entered the building!
hehehehe then she asks with some hesitation in her voice
“Don’t you like to go there?”
And Tamaki san immediately replies “I’d love to go!”
And as you can see…
The next destination is decided!!
Tamaki san will go to mita elementary school, with a special tour guide accompanying him! XD
the lady will drive us there riding on her mini bus ヽ(・∀・)ノ
But that will be on the second part of the report ♪
So please stay tuned!
Hopefully, I will finish writing it really soon ☆
End of part 1
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In case you were interested,
this is the song which is used for the ending theme of the show.
It’s a beautiful song!! Please give it a try if you had time ^^