Nautical Weekend

Dock from Kyodai boat house in Biwako

Yesterday, I spent the day monkeying around on a boat and learning all sorts of strange new words: ラダー, ジャイブする, タクする

Today, there’s an ojiisan (loudly) demonstrating the use of Japanese semaphore flags to a dozen people standing in the middle of the small backstreet behind my house (many, many kilometers away from the closest navigable body of water)…