Isles of Tokyo – Prologue

06 Oct Isles of Tokyo – Prologue

Tokyo, the most highly populated city in Japan, is a super metropolis industrialized to the extent that there are no space seem to be left for wildlife. You dance, drink, and sleep. You take tube to work, sit in front of computer for hours, and worry about stay connected to the rest of world via your mobile device.

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What’s not well known is that Tokyo stretches from north to south. Its northern border is in the mountains of Chichibu and its southern border is deep in Pacific Ocean. In this rather wider definition of Tokyo, there lies a chain of islands known as Izu Archipelago. As the name suggests, the islands lie south east of Izu Peninsula, but they are the district of Tokyo governed by same legislature as in the metropolis. 9 islands within Izu Archipelago are inhabited by men and the rest are left in wild condition.

There are 2 ferry routes. Kameria-maru bound to Kozu shima will take you through Yokohama and 5 islands in the north. Sarubia-maru bound to Hachijo jima takes you to 3 islands in the south. Between Hachijo and Aoga, you ought to take another ferry.

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This time, we were heading to Miyake and Mikura for our sole purpose is only fishing. Equipped with minimal camping gear so we could cook our own meal.

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I finished the work and headed straight to Takeshiba Passenger Terminal at Port of Tokyo around 9pm on taxi. Andy arrived with full camping gear. Hama-san, escorted by his wife, with a suitcase(!) and a toatbag, presumebly bringing more fishing tackle than camping gear. My mission now is to fulfill this journey with funs in safety while auditing the potential of 2 islands.

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Sarubia Maru left quietly yet steadily into dark ocean. Night deepened, small party started….over night with all the booze available here and there.

> Continue to Day 1Tokyo, the most highly populated city in Japan, is a super metropolis industrialized to the extent that there are no space seem to be left for wildlife. You dance, drink, and sleep. You take tube to work, sit in front of computer for hours, and worry about stay connected to the rest of world via your mobile device.

P1040701

What’s not well known is that Tokyo stretches from north to south. Its northern border is in the mountains of Chichibu and its southern border is deep in Pacific Ocean. In this rather wider definition of Tokyo, there lies a chain of islands known as Izu Archipelago. As the name suggests, the islands lie south east of Izu Peninsula, but they are the district of Tokyo governed by same legislature as in the metropolis. 9 islands within Izu Archipelago are inhabited by men and the rest are left in wild condition.

There are 2 ferry routes. Kameria-maru bound to Kozu shima will take you through Yokohama and 5 islands in the north. Sarubia-maru bound to Hachijo jima takes you to 3 islands in the south. Between Hachijo and Aoga, you ought to take another ferry.

IzuArchipelago01

This time, we were heading to Miyake and Mikura for our sole purpose is only fishing. Equipped with minimal camping gear so we could cook our own meal.

P1040695

I finished the work and headed straight to Takeshiba Passenger Terminal at Port of Tokyo around 9pm on taxi. Andy arrived with full camping gear. Hama-san, escorted by his wife, with a suitcase(!) and a toatbag, presumebly bringing more fishing tackle than camping gear. My mission now is to fulfill this journey with funs in safety while auditing the potential of 2 islands.

P1040704

Sarubia Maru left quietly yet steadily into dark ocean. Night deepened, small party started….over night with all the booze available here and there.

> Continue to Day 1