Friday, August 29, 2014

Trombone Happiness - Loopy?

A very cool version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" on the trombone!




Enjoy!

Hat tip to 'Zen' of http://zensekaijapan.wordpress.com/ .

Until next, sweet sailing, and happy tromboning...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life Can Be A Bear

Kumamon is Japan's most popular mascot. 

Kumamon represents Kumamoto Prefecture which is located on the island of Kyushu, just across Shimabara Bay from Nagasaki Prefecture.   When the Kyushu Shinkansen was completed a few years ago, Kumamoto Prefecture decided to create a mascot to promote tourism and trade.  Kumamon was born.  Kuma is the Japanese word for "bear", so naturally, Kumamon is a bear.

The character has become very popular throughout Japan.   He has been such a success that he brought in over US$1.25 Billion in just two years!

Here is a video song about Kumamon with English subtitles.  It was filmed at Kumamoto Castle - one of the three best castles in Japan.   Warning: possible "cute" overdose.   :)




Until next, sweet sailing.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bluesette Colored Glasses

The weather was warm, winds light and variable (confused), and the sky was gray. Never mind. We were seeing the world through Bluesette colored glasses and it looked wonderful to us.

Our "Slo Sail & Canvas" boat cover has worked beautifully - fits perfectly and keeps Bluesette dry and her topside out of the UV rays.  I will have to write them a letter of praise.  Great service too.  If you need sails or a cover check them out at slosailandcanvas.com .


There was a Seahopper on the lake as well as Y-san in his ComPac cat boat. We're not the only ones to believe that a gray day on the water beats any day ashore.


As the wind was light,  we had time and free hands to enjoy a snack of edamame (young soy beans boiled in the pod).

Edamame girl.

There was more wind on the north side of Lake Hinuma.  There are also lots of bamboo poles to navigate through which was a little tricky as the wind frequently shifted.   We call this area "stake city". 

Stake City

I didn't get much in the way of pics this day.  I misplaced the "shoe" that is used to attach the camera to the Camzilla mount, so had to hand hold it.

Last year the launching ramp was chewed up by typhoons and we made due with some steel plates laid over what was left of the base of the ramp - steel extrusions, rebar with bits of concrete.

Ye olde ramp.

Now the yacht harbor has a new launching ramp, rebuilt from scratch with a big solid base of concrete.  I don't think this one is going anywhere any time soon. 


It was past two by the time we left the harbor and the hotel restaurant was closed, so settled for convenience store soba.   Even that was fine.  We were wearing Bluesette colored glasses after all.

Until next, sweet sailing.