One more day

We will have to camp on the beach for st least another day as the wind has set in directly against our charted course.

Weather is nice and seas are calm. Just need the wind to switch.

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Unruly houseguest

So that’s a typhoon eh? Quite a ride, like a visitor who drops by causes havoc for two days, and then disappears leaving behind the mess created but no other trace.

The power went out as soon as the winds went over 140 kmph, and the trees began to uproot and break at 190. That was also the point at which I stopped going outside because the rain felt like a million little knives stabbing relentlessly. The wind also knocked me over. Heh

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Super Typhoonery

Not the most exciting pastime, this waiting for a typhoon to hit.

Although last night Evan and I rode bicycles to the other end of the island in the raging winds. Super slow going there and effortless hilarity coming back.

Typhoon to make land tonight at 6. Hopefully the Internet will hold in there so I can upload some photos

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Miyako again-o

We left Tokyo yesterday and landed in the island where our journey of two years ago ended due to encroaching typhoon. Aaaannndd….. There’s another typhoon gonna hit in 18 hours. We are comfortably housed to wait it out (4 days?) and I am very keen to see what the inside of a typhoon looks like.

Until then we will go play!

You can see the edge of the storm in the photos, and the wind in the sugar cane fields

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Tokyo on foot

I have the most fun in this town when we get a little lost. Obviously signage is a little hard to decode, the streets follow no coded reason and the cardinal directions are hidden behind glass and concrete. But none of this matters really because the next wrong turn you take can be your best yet! Who knows what is down the next narrow alley?

Maybe an old shrine, a devoted artisans shop or a covered mall. Perhaps we find the tokyo sword museum, a luminescent brothel or quiet rock garden….

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Meiji Shrine

The Meiji shrine, built to house the immortal soul of emperor Meiji, is an impressive expanse of tranquility in the heart of Tokyo.

The city organized to build the shrine on 240 acres after the passing of their revered and loved emperor, to venerate his two most praised attributes; peace and tranquility. The shrine was rebuilt after total obliteration by long range American bombers in WWII

The woodwork is beautiful and the gardens are all one would expect. Gilded lanterns hang beneath solid beams, all focused towards the center of the shrine. Throw a coin, make a prayer and clap twice before the inner sanctum……

Everyone here is quiet.

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Day 1

Met with the awesome chaps at A&F today. They took us out for an awesome lunch at an Italian restaurant. LNow on our way to the Meiji shrine before meeting up with them again for (I hope!) our traditional Korean BBQ.

In talking with them It sounds like we will be attempting another long crossing this trip. We will have to clear customs before leaving Japan, and the only customs house is on the second island away from Taiwan. 135 knots, not too bad (double that to get kilometers). Less than our long crossing last trip.