Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What about boats?

Japan is a leader in shipping.  As an island nation, Japan has always traded, over or under the table, with its neighbors.  The nation also heavily uses the resources of the ocean like fish, sea vegetables, and shellfish.  Deep sea fishing boats go far offshore.  Many of the boats, though, are coastwise fishing vessels, like these.  The design of these boats hasn't changed much -- though construction materials, engines and electronics have -- in a very long time.

Pleasure boaters are often sports fishers, but that doesn't mean the Japanese don't like sailing.  They field highly competitive international racing boats, and are very competent sailors.  They also start young.  The photo below shows a sailing class in Beppu, on the island of Kyushu, not all that far from where Azuki and Shota lived.

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