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Iwojima Island

Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2009 at 10:29am in

Last Thursday was Sports Day so we had no classes. In the afternoon I went to meet Misaki, my speaking partner, and we had a meeting. She gave me some souvenirs from her hometown when she went for Golden Week and then she looked at my Osaka pictures. When our meeting was over, I went to meet George and Nate at Dejima harbor so we could go to Iwojima.

We had some food and then got on the 3:30 boat over to the island. It came with a free onsen trip and was only ¥1,000 round trip!

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On the boat.

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I’m on a boat.

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Famous Nagasaki bridge. It’s the same as the one in Tokyo, but a little bit smaller in size.

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Still on a boat.

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Iwojima!!

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“Welcome to Peaceful Iwojima.”

When we got to the island, the weather was perfect. We checked our maps and George looked at his guidebook for information on the island. Apparently, Iwojima is also known for its wild peacocks and is based around an active volcano. We started to walk towards the beach.

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Nate enjoying the ocean breeze.

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Iwojima is mostly abandoned. All of these buildings are filled with sand and no one lives in them.

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An abandoned hut.

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We found the beach!

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It was very sunny.

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An old resort hotel. It’s completely abandoned now, the building and pool all filled with sand. No one bothered to take it off the map or take down the signs pointing to it, though…

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Waves.

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Standing in the sand.

Nate decided to go swimming, although he had no suit. George decided to join him:

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I wrote my name into the sand.

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Nate followed by writing the only verb in Japanese he could think of: “To eat.” Very meaningful.

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Our sand robot.

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Rocks and sea.

We wandered around and looked at various sites…

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A great view.

And eventually started to head back to the docks for our free onsen.

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The onsen area at night.

It was a lot of fun, we did a lot of exploring. I had a great day in Iwojima.

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