Sunday, October 31, 2010

Catch of the Day

A typhoon swept through Ibaraki on October 9th and 10th making for a sail-less weekend. Happily, Monday was a national holiday - Health and Sports Day - and the weather was fine. The air was crystal clear with unlimited visibility. However, when we arrived at lake Hinuma, the air was calm.

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Not wanting to repeat our recent experience of drifting around the lake, we elected to get Bluesette ready to sail and have an early lunch while waiting for a breeze. The first order of business was to bail out the large pond of water that had collected in the boat and raise the sails for them to dry out (we no longer keep them in the bottom of the boat). Often, if the weather is fine, the sun heats up the nearby ocean water and creates some nice localized wind by early afternoon, so we were hopeful.

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At Mama's we found the daughter in charge again with her sister helping out. Her sister's daughter was there too - a fifth grader who sat quietly at a table doing homework.

We had, would you believe, chicken. Nicely seared, lean chunks. It came with garlic rice, tofu with bonito shavings and shoyu on top, pickled veggies, and miso soup. Salad bar too, of course, and "mini-Mama" (as Don Snabalus called her in an earlier comment) surprised us with a dessert of panna cotta.

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Meanwhile, the sun had done its job and though the wind was not strong, there was enough for a pleasant sail. The haze (striped mullet) were jumping and Kimie spent several minutes with the camera trying to catch them on video with no luck. After one long session of this, she gave up and put down the camera only to have fish start jumping close by all around the boat as if on cue.

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The storm had washed a lot of trash into the lake and so we made a game of going after the bottles and other odd bits. We collected quite a "catch". This picture doesn't quite show all it. It really p's me off that some people are so careless with rubbish. On the lake, however, it is only after a storm that it is noticeable. We picked up mostly beverage containers of various materials, but also a small ball, a big chunk of styrofoam, aerisol cans of pesticide and air conditioner cleaning solvent. After this picture I also caught an empty glass bottle which had contained Avon skin cream. At least the few things we scooped up will be recycled or disposed of properly.

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Catch of the Day

After washing down Bluesette, Kimie called me over to the standpipe by the faucet. Peering down I saw this little fellow:

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I filled the pipe with water to get him/her to come out. It glared at me. I suppose it was hiding in there waiting for dinner to drop in and I spoiled the plan. Sorry froggy. It's not that easy being brown.

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Just another beautiful day at Hinuma.

Until next, sweet sailing.




13 comments:

HappySurfer said...

Hi Panda-B! What a lovely day! Blue skies are what we are lacking over here these days what with the monsoon season, the rain and all. We even had a mini twister the other day.

Baydog said...

PB: The water bottle in the bilge has a label on it that reads "Pocari Sweat"? Explain if you can!

Pandabonium said...

Hi Happy. We've only been getting such days intermittently, but they've sure been nice. I hope your weather settles down.

Baydog - Pocari Sweat is sold as a "sports drink"/soda all over Japan and now other Asian countries. It's been around for 30 years. Japanese people like English names on things even if they don't understand the connotations. The company has an English language website here: http://pocarisweat.info/

Cheers!

O Docker said...

Did filling the standpipe with water make it easier for the frog to grip it?

Pandabonium said...

O Docker - Maybe so. Perhaps it was doing it a favor. Though I think it just swam up to the top. (It did say "grip it, grip it, grip it" or something like that).

Don Snabulus said...

Mini-mama doesn't miss a beat. Beautifully presented food is a pleasure to eat (though with the realization that art is being dismantled for sustenance).

It was nice that you cleaned out your corner of the lake. You set a good example for other sailors.

Arkonbey said...

I've just finished dinner, but the photo of your meal made me want to have it in front of me right now so I could eat it.

Also, your litter trawling is very admirable. It busts my illusion of Japanese being more conscientious than Americans :-(

Here's a thought, though. I've noticed that the cans and bottles on American roads are almost exclusively "low-class" beverages (Bud Light, Labatt Blue, Mountain Dew) rather than "high-class" beverages (mircro-brew beers and small-batch sodas). Is the same true in Japan?

Baydog said...

Don't forget Pocari Sweat! Now that's high class.

Pandabonium said...

Baydog - absolutely. We want only the best rubbish in our lake. cue Jonathan Winters.... "we men in garbahzh".

Zen said...

Sky - Nice!
Food - oshisou!
Trash - :-(
Oksan's smile - Great!!!

Pandabonium said...

Zen - thanks for your comments.

bowsprite said...

beautiful beautiful photos! and adventures! thank you!!! c!

Pandabonium said...

bowsprite - thank you for the visit and complements!