Greetings from Japan

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by IwakuniDiver, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. IwakuniDiver

    IwakuniDiver Nassau Grouper

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    Hey everyone,
    I finally got that darn confirmation email so now I can intruduce myself.

    My name is Scott, I am an IT Support Manager in Iwakunui, Japan. I have been around the water and boating my entire life (originally from Seattle, WA) and I finally got off my duff and got my NAUI OWD certification last summer.

    Since then I have been diving constantly with my wife and friends and before the summer was over I had my Advanced, and Rescue Certifications. By mid next summer, I'm hoping to have my Master Diver Cert.

    I just got back from a trip to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, where I went on a couple night dives for Manta Rays but unfortunately, the water was too rough to go the main area so we didn't see any rays. But, we were still able to get in some incredible dives.

    I look forward to talking with all of you further and if any of you are interested or have questions about diving Japanese waters, let me know.

    Scott
     
  2. Fish_Whisperer

    Fish_Whisperer Orca

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  3. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi Scott. Welcome to the board. Iwakunui...hmmmmmmm...I'd have to get a map out to see where that is! Wait up - another teacher just told me it's in Yamaguchi Prefecture - is that right? If it is you aren't that far from where I live in Fukuoka Prefecture. We go diving sometimes in Omi-shima in the north of Yamaguchi. There is a Japanese club area on SB - check the Zen Divers link in my signature. I'd be curious to hear where you go diving as new sites are always worth a visit!
     
  4. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Loggerhead Turtle

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    A warm welcome, Scott, from the chilly, orca infested waters of Puget Sound! I spent a tour in Iwakuni with the Marines and have a deep appreciation for the area and the culture. I tried to leave it pretty much as I found it...

    Sea ya!
     
  5. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hey Scott
    Yeah, I'm with Kim, never heard of Iwakuni.
    Welcome to the board.

    If you ever want to check out some of the many dive sites down here in the Izu peninsula, let us know. In fact, I'm off work until the second week in April, so if you are a drysuit diver, I can show you around.

    Dive on...
     
  6. IwakuniDiver

    IwakuniDiver Nassau Grouper

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    Iwakuni is about 45km South of Hiroshima on the coast. It's a fairly small town with not much here but a Marine Corps Air Station, where I work as a civilian. I'm former Navy and my first duty station was Sasebo on board the USS Belleau Wood back in '93 so I'm pretty familiar with Fukuoka.

    Around here we pretty much dive around Oshima Island and whenever we can, we go to Susa, on the Sea of Japan side where the water is much clearer.

    I'll have to round up some of my dive buddies here and we'll definitely get together this year. I'm been anxious to dive Kyushu.
     
  7. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's a pity you weren't diving when you were in Sasebo! There are some good sites there - I went down there with Jagfish a couple of weeks ago. Another place that I found last summer but is a bit of a trek to get to is Amakusa (an island just south of Kumamoto). I've only been there once so far but the diving was the best I've seen in mainland Japan - comparable to Okinawa. There are a couple of SB members who live in Kumamoto and we met up to go there. There's not really much in Fukuoka though - just a couple of spots that are used for training but otherwise not so interesting. They are very shallow too. Check out some of the threads in the Zen divers forum. There is some dive site info in the Local Knowledge thread - plus stuff about Amakusa etc in another one.
    http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=63320
    http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=118720

    I also did a story on Jagfish and my Sasebo trip, although that is more about my first drysuit experience than the site itself.
    http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=123389
     
  8. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hey Scott and Kim
    We'll have to do a trip to Oshima sometime. I dive there a bit as well. We take a ferry from Atami, Yokohama or Tokyo. It can be as little as one hour with that hydrofoil boat...
     
  9. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That's a different place to where I mentioned. Omi-shima is a penisular island on the north coast of Yamaguchi. Maybe Scott is talking about the same place as you though - I've never been there though, it's probably a long way away from me.
     
  10. IwakuniDiver

    IwakuniDiver Nassau Grouper

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    Kim,
    You're much closer to me than Jag is. Also, the diving at the Oshima Island near me really isn't worth the trip from where you and Jag will be coming from.

    There are a bunch of great placea in Susa that my buddies and I go to. They have boat dives there for about 7500Y per person and there are some cliffs that we go to there as well. Course, the local fisherman got a little mad at us last time we were there and are telling the local government that we're scaring all the fish away and are trying to get us banned from the cliffs.

    Jagfish,
    I don't think that we're talking about the same Oshima. It takes the Shinkansen over 3hrs to get to Hiroshima from Yokohama and Oshima Island is south of Iwakuni.

    I'll see if I can dig up an online map of my local area to show you all.
     
  11. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You're right. The Oshima I'm talking about is here...
     
  12. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Considering that 'shima' basically means 'island' there are probably loads of different ones all over Japan! :D
     
  13. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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  14. Hoosier

    Hoosier Orca

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    Are you talking about East Sea, aren't you? I have never heard "Sea of Japan." Does it existed?;)
     
  15. IwakuniDiver

    IwakuniDiver Nassau Grouper

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    The Sea of Japan refers to the body of water that is between Japan and Korea. Although it is internationally recognized as the Sea of Japan, South Korea has disputed this name for many years.

    Seems that Korea has called it The East Sea or "Dong Hae" and since since Japan and Korea never agree on anything, that pretty much sums it up.

    I call it the Sea of Japan becuase that's what it's called here in Japan and it's what I was taught to call it in Geography Class.

    Same body of water though.
     
  16. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Glad you've joined us...

    Sorry if you had a challenge getting registered. :blush:

    :cowboy: don
     
  17. Hoosier

    Hoosier Orca

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    Just out of curiosity, where did you take your Geography class?
     
  18. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Easy there, Tex...

    I'll confirm that's what it's called here, The Sea of Japan or The Japan Sea. I've never heard it talked about before I got here, so maybe English speakers in other countries refer to it as something different. This name we are using might be a direct translation of how it is referred to in Japanese.
     
  19. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's also how the BBC refers to it on the world news - I thought CNN did as well. It's amusing really, I've never heard the Koreans try to refer to the water on their west coast as the West Sea...I wonder why? :D

    It's a common theme around the world though. We (the English) refer to the water between the UK and the Continent as the 'English Channel' - the French of course hate that and just call it the 'Channel' or 'La Manche'!
     
  20. murphdivers286

    murphdivers286 Single Diver

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