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Analogue Adventures – Seto Inland Sea & Beppu 1985 – Day 6

All photos taken on May 16, 1985.

When we awoke early the following morning, we were just leaving the port of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku.

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6 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Seto Inland Sea & Beppu 1985 – Day 6

    1. I am sure those little octopi balls were delicious for those used to the seafood. But being from the prairies, we were squeamish. The hot springs were our first real introduction to a major thermal area. We have some hot springs in Banff and Jasper, but not such a variety. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan

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  1. Oh lord, the octopi story… what a moment that must have been. Great shot of Blood pond Hell, definitely one to view and not go into I’d say. How wonderful that you kept in touch with Fumi for so long, but sad to hear that is no longer the case. Life…

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    1. Next time we see fired dough balls in Japan we will approach them a bit more tentacle-y. The Hells were well presented and had almost a reverential air to them. Yes, falling into any of these hot pools would have been life altering. When we were back in 2009, we reached out to Fumi and never heard back. Shortly after we got home, she contacted us almost in tears. She had been tending to her dying brother and had missed our letter. So sad. I fear Fumi may also have passed on. She was a beautiful person. Thanks for reading Leighton. Allan

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  2. When you travel far and wide, you certainly come across the strangest foods. I’ve been to a lot of countries and even though I’m a vegetarian, I see some weird stuff passing around the table. At least the octopus you ordered was cooked! In Japan, they also like to eat a dish called ”dancing ice fish”. Basically, they bring you small, almost transparent, fish that swam in a bowl of water. The idea is that you dip them into soy sauce and then eat them alive. (yes, alive!) The fish “dance” in your mouth, which explains the name! Have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Being Western Prairie folks, we were not that adventurous. I am sure many would have loved the octopi. I have heard of some of the unique fish dishes in Asia. This would not be to our taste. We did try many things, but as you will see, it came with a penalty. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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