Saturday, May 31, 2008

古墳 kofun old tombs
















After the final land survey we came across these 1500 year old tombs behind the local temple in Itoi. I had no idea they were there. They're from the tomb building era that lasted up until 6-700AD. Would love to poke around here with a metal detector.










Friday, May 30, 2008

land survey- chisekichousa



Got this great aerial shot of field #1 from the mountain in Itoi. It looks fairly nice and orderly from this altitude using the zoom. Had to climb a pine tree to get the shot. The guys in the survey party thought I was nuts, acting like a tourist.

Today was a chisekichousa- or land survey for my mother in laws mountain land. Most older people around her village have a plot or two of nearly 'useless' land up in the steep mountains surrounding the valley. Today we, the land owners and survey team staked borders and agreed on borders. It was very interesting and I marked everything with my GPS. Most of mom's land is extremely rugged, steep, remote. I did find a couple of promising campsites and mushroom huntin sites, though. All in all it's only a few acres of long narrow strips running up the mountainside.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Canoe sailing

Canoe sailing my Aquamuse 141 . Light winds today, but a few good runs.
video

Sunday, May 4, 2008

canoe sailing

canoe sailing is greatthis little craft can do 10 knots!
sailing on the lake
rig down on the river
too windy to sail