Friday, September 30, 2011

A Trip to Sado: The Taraibune, or Tub Boat

The taraibune is used to fish for crustaceans and seaweed in shallow water.  The rectangular section in the boat's center has a transparent bottom, allowing the fisherman (or woman) to survey the bottom with ease.  The photos were taken in Ogi, Sado.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Soba Run

Shioya Soba,  located in a renovated 150-year-old dry-goods shop in Tsugawa, Niigata.  Lovely building, pleasant atmospehere, excellent soba.