Setonaikai islands, Kagawa prefecture (1)

Hello and welcome back!! Forgive for always being slow but well as you already know, I will always come back with something no matter what XD

Today I will be writing about Tamaki Hiroshi san’s journey to three islands in the setonaikai (Seto inland sea) → Megijima, Ogijima and Teshima (Kagawa Prefecture).

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There are actually 3000 islands in the Seto inland sea, including the tiny inhabitant islands.

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In order to get to the islands, Tamaki san needs to get on a ferry at the port of Takamatsu in Kagawa prefecture.

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As he enters the port, Tamaki san says that it’s a well-made and lively port. It’s probably because there are many islands in setonaikai and many visitors use this port to access them.

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He greets the people working at the port and then gets on the ferry.

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(Looking at the ferry from outside, he says that it looks cute XD )

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OK! Heading to Megijima, Tamaki san starts his journey in Setonaikai.

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During his 20 minutes stay on the ferry…

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Tamaki san has a chat with the other travelers and asks a man about Megijima.

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The man says that it’s an island with a legend, the Oni (Demon) island. 100 years ago, they “made” a legend about the demon living in this island.

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Tamaki san laughs while saying that a legend is something that must be transferred to the next generation by word of mouth.

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But actually “Making” it 100 years ago is another interesting thing XD

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There’s even a statue of a cute demon saying welcome to the travelers who enter the island riding on the ferry.

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But somehow… his face is heading toward the island and not the ferry!!

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Tamaki san of course notices that as he always sticks to the tiniest details and asks questions about them XD So he says: “Why is it facing Megijima… it should be facing the opposite direction, right?”

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But then he starts thinking and wonders if there’s a reason XD

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Then when they pass it and he looks at it from a distance, he says: “But it looks pretty good from here… Somehow looks like the Statue of Liberty in New York!!” XD

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hahahahahaha always says the best things!!

Getting off the ferry and starting his journey in Megijima, Tamaki san finds an amazing stone wall which he says it reminds him of Okinawa.

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He enters the narrow road to take a look around.

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Seems like he is interested in the stone wall XD

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Then as they are shooting, an old man appears from the other side and Tamaki san greets him with a hello and explains to him that they are shooting a TV show.

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The old man is surprised and still has no idea what’s going on.

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Tamaki san gets closer to him and as he stands beside him,

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the old man looks at his face and says: “You’re one good looking man!!” 

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ahahahaha!!! Tamaki san shakes his head as he always do and denies it… but the old man doesn’t give up and continues: “You have a beautiful face!”

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hehehehe this time Tamaki san becomes a little bit embarrassed and laughs in a very cute way !! (You can hear the staff laughing behind the camera!)

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He wants to change the subject as soon as he can so he asks the old man if he was born and raised in Megijima, but he says that he has lived here for 27 years and he is actually from Takamatsu. Then Tamaki san asks him about the stone walls and the reason why they have built such strong walls here.

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The old man explains that the walls are made to avoid the strong winds and the waves.

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Seems like they have very strong winds blowing here in the island during the winter time.

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Then he keeps talking and taking about the winds and the walls and what would have happened if the walls were not built…

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Tamaki san of course keeps listening to him but then the old man stops, looks at him and says: “Maybe I shouldn’t be talking too much, right?”

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hehehehehe he is adorbale!!! Tamaki san immediately says: “No it’s alright. You just talked to us about some very useful info!”  and then laughs kindly.

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Leaving the old man, Tamaki san starts walking again and finds a field of corn with an old lady working on it.

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He greets the lady and asks her if she works here all by herself, and she says yes!

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“Must be tough!!” Tamaki san says!! and the lady says that there are more than 4500 of them she has to take care of!!

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Then the lady shows him the baby corns she is holding in her hand and tells him that they can be eaten raw.

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He is surprised and then asks him: “Where are these baby corns?” (On the plants he means) and the lady gets inside the field to show him where the baby corns grow on the plants.

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Then Tamaki san joins her in the field after getting the lady’s permission.

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The lady explains to him while showing him the plants.

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It’s hard to pull the baby corns out without damaging them. It’s a tough job after all.

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Then she pulls one tiny corn out and hands it to Tamaki san.

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He holds it in his hand for the camera, so that  we can see it clearly.

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The baby corn is inside…

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Then the lady peels off the skin for him…

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and it becomes a real baby corn you usually get to see!!

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Tamaki san goes for a bite…

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It’s sweet he says and it has a very nice texture in your mouth which makes it even tastier.

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The lady tells him about the tough process of getting the corns ready for sale and Tamaki san once again says that it must be really tough!!

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Then she also says that she used to do the same kind of job in Takamatsu until she was 69 but then she moved here more than 10 years ago… and now she is 81…

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Tamaki san is surprised and asks: “81?” and they both laugh!! He is amazed to see how she can do such a tough job like this despite being 81!!

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As he thanks her and is about to leave, the lady asks him where he is planning to go after this, and he just tells her that they are planning to have a walk around and decide where to go as they move around. 

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Then he asks her if she has any recommendations for them and she tells him that they better go to the Kaigan street and go all the way to beach.

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Tamaki san thanks her once more, bows, says goodbye and starts walking again holding the baby corns he received from her in his hands.

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Next he goes to the beach.

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Walking on the beach, he finds two kids playing on the sands with their mother.

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He gets close to them and says hi and asks if he can have a short chat with them and of course the lady says it’ alright.

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The two kids seem to be a little bit uncomfortable at first…

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Then he asks them what they are doing and when he looks at the sands and see what they have drawn on the ground, he says: “Playing hopscotch?” And while the kids are still silent, their mother says yes XD

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Then Tamaki san asks her (Matsuuchi san) if she is from Megijima and she says yes. And then they talk about how quiet and nice this place is.

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Then Tamaki san says that it must be safe for the kids to play around here since you get to see them wherever they go and also says that it’s nice to have so many places you can use as your playground.

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Their mother agrees and says that it’s like they have so many relatives around and they always look after the kids. Tamaki san says: “I bet they are all very kind people.” 

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Then Tamaki san asks Matsuuchi san how many kids there are on this island and surprisingly she replies: “Just my two kids!” O_O They even have a great school on the island but since there are no students, it’s closed, and her children should go all the way to Takamatsu to go to school!

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The little girl (Akari chan) is now 7 and in her sceond year of elementary school and the young man (Hinata kun)is 5.

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Tamaki san points at Takamatsu at the other side of the waters and says that it’s clearly visible from here…

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But even being this close, going there by the ferry everyday must be tough for the kid.

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Then Matsuuchi san says that  it’s a great day and the air is really clean and the weather is perfect. Tamaki san agrees saying that it feels wonderful and it’s a perfect day for walking around…

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Then she points at the top of a  mountain in the distance and says that there is an even better place up there… an observation deck on top of the mountain…

Tamaki san is interested and says: “Maybe I’ll go take a look around!”

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Then he looks at the two kids and says:

“Let’s all go together? Will you come with me?!”

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hehehehehe

The two kids look at him with confused impressions on their faces…

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but Hinata kun says: “OK!” And Akari chan moves her head down which means OK!

And Tamaki san says: “Take me there then!!” XD hahahahaha young guides for free!!!

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Hinata kun says: “OK… It’s too far!” and starts running with her sister accompanying him!

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Then Tamaki san looks at their mother and asks: “Do you have time?” hehehe you should have asked that before hiring the young guides!!! But Matsuuchi san laughs and says it’s fine.

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So they get on the bus!

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No one else is riding…

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so it’s more like a private vehicle for them!

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As they reach to the hillside and get off the bus…

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The two kids start climbing the stairs in a blink of an eye!

Both Tamaki san and their mother say that they are too fast!

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and both laugh out loud XD

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As they are walking, Akari chan points at a cave and says:
“Look there’s a cave here!” of course she is showing it to Tamaki san since it’s his first time here.

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There are lots of statues of demon inside the cave, made by the children living on the island.

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The shapes are very interesting.

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Well they don’t get inside because the goal is the observation deck!

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The deck is placed right on top of the cave.

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And here they are!

Finally there…

“We’re here… the goal!”

says Tamaki san while climbing the last step to the observation deck.

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What a great view!!

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The four of them stand there enjoying the landscape.

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Tamaki san says: “Look! Many birds flying over there!”

And Akari chan says: “That’s true… We are standing even higher than the birds!”

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Then as they are enjoying the peaceful view, somehow…

Akari chan says:
“Have you ever fallen down from here?”

O__O Why is she wondering about such thing?!?!

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Her mother is surprised and kinda scared maybe, then she says: “No! I have not…” But Tamaki san keeps looking at her with a smile and says with a very calm tone: “That’s not good… thinking about something like that, it’s probably impossible…”

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And Akari chan who is probably seriously thinking about giving it a try XD says: “eeee!” then her mother says: “It’s impossible… you will get hurt if you do that!” 

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And then Tamaki san says: “Right! I was actually thinking about jumping down too… right before we reach the top… but well I gave up…”  hehehehe!

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I think he will become a cool father one day, being able to keep calm even if his children say crazy stuff and letting them do as they want to try new things… but jumping from a mountain is scary even for a cool dad!! XD

Back to the port…

it’s time to say goodbye to the kids and their mother.

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Tamaki san high fives both Hinata kun and Akari chan,

thanks their mother again… and walks away while waving his hand for them in the air…

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Even after getting on the ferry,

they keep waving for each other…

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And Tamaki san looks at them with a warm smile and says goodbye to Megijima…

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heading to the next destination:

Ogijima

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Looking at the houses on the island… Tamaki san says that all the houses are facing the ocean… so they probably have a great view of the sea from their windows!!

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Tamaki san gets off the ferry in Ogijima and continues his journey…

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But if you don’t mind, I would like to leave that for the next part of the report… Sorry m(_ _)m

Stay tuned cause more and more good stories are about to follow!!

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See you soon… ( ´・ω・`)ノ~バイバイ

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End of part 1


 

2 thoughts on “Setonaikai islands, Kagawa prefecture (1)

  1. Thank you for the wonderful reports. I just went to these two islands last month (because Tamaki san was there of course). I really enjoyed the trip to the lovely islands.

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    • Wow! That’s super cool!! I’m also dreaming of going there on a trip but I have no idea when I can actually make it happen 😀 thank you so much for your comment snd also for sharing your experience! It must be a wonderful place!!

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