From ice diving to shark diving to tropical reef diving, Japan has it all. Tim Rock gives an overview of how to explore Japan’s many different underwater environments.
Snorkelling with bottlenose dolphins at Ogasawara © Tim Rock
Diving Japan – Dive Happy Episode 20 Show Notes
- The 50 Best Dive Sites In Japan: The Ultimate Guide to the Essential Sites – available on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Blurb
- Noriyuki Otani is Tim’s co-author of 50 Best Dives In Japan – see Noriyuki’s website and Facebook page
- Bonnie Waycott’s blog posts about ice diving in Japan – Bonnie contributed the book’s information and photos about ice diving in northern Japan
- Tim’s website – DoubleBlue.com
- Dive Zone Tokyo – the Tokyo-based English-speaking dive group that can help with Japan diving
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Diving Japan – Dive Happy Episode 20 Transcript
[00:00:06] CM: Hello and welcome to the Dive Happy Podcast. Diving in Japan is not the first place you think of when you think about diving in Asia, but there is a ton of fascinating dive sites across the country, all the way from the north to the south. I’m welcoming back Tim Rock, who is the co-author of 50 Best Dives in Japan, which is a great primer for discovering Japan’s remarkable marine life.
[00:00:33] CM: Tim, welcome back.
[00:00:34] TR: Good to be back, Chris.
[00:00:36] CM: Thanks. When I read your book, which is a wonderful, 200-page plus, photographically illustrated primer on all these things, I must admit I was really taken aback at just how much diving there is in Japan. I mean, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised because like the UK, Japan is a small-ish island nation with a huge amount of coastline. But I always assumed that essentially Japan’s diving was restricted to Okinawa and Yonaguni, and that was it. That’s all I knew about it, so this is a real eye-opener.
In fact, there’s so much stuff that we’ll obviously not really cover all of it. So I thought I would just pick out like a few places and then let you riff off that. The first thing that struck me was the fact that you can go diving really near Tokyo at Chiba where the Shark City is located. That just blew my mind.
[00:01:39] TR: It actually blows a lot of people’s minds but it’s extremely popular on the weekends. There are some people that have made businesses. Our friend, Yoko [inaudible 00:01:49], as a matter of fact takes people down. They get on the train on Saturday morning, go down, rent their tanks. They have like a little pushcart and they push them down the sidewalk and find a spot on the beach and they set up for a couple dives with suit on and head on in. The variety is especially wonderful for macro. The variety and diversity just may be a two-hour train ride out of Tokyo really kind of blows everybody’s mind.
[00:02:19] CM: Wow! In the book, you talk quite a lot about there was a particular gentleman there who does a lot of essentially looking after injured marine life, and it all sounds pretty grassroots and rough and ready but very effective about attending injured animals.
[00:02:37] TR: Yes. From his love of the marine animals, he’s established a wonderful shark and ray dive. Also, he has an area where people find like an injured mola mola or even like a whale shark. He’s got kind of a rope and I guess you’d call it a cage. But, I mean, it’s just a huge area in its open ocean. They can stand there, and he’s researched what kind of food that they need to eat. He takes donations. Also, if a diver dives there, you actually have to pay a stipend that helps pay for the food because what they eat isn’t cheap apparently.
[00:03:15] CM: And a lot of it.
[00:03:17] TR: I mean, yeah. I think the molas eat like a specialized kind of shrimp or something like that. But, yeah, that’s Asama Marine Park there where they call it [inaudible 00:03:25] Land. The guy, Mr. Arakawa, just decided to do this on his own, and he’s kind of made it kind of an underwater attraction. He’s got like a little dome bubble and he’s got an underground Shinto shrine I believe or underwater Shinto shrine.
There’s that one big fish that looks like a Napoleon Wrasse with bad teeth. They’re called bulgy heads. This one has been named Yoriko, and it’s been around for about 30 years and almost as long as the guy has been in business, and so people come just to take a picture of his little pet bulgy head too. That’s not really that little actually. It’s pretty good size. It’s about the size of a Napoleon Wrasse too. But the diving around there is actually pretty good. Aside from that, you can find things like seahorses and sea pens with lots of really nice little macro critters in them.
Then if you want to experience something that would be kind of like an Asian version of the Cayman Stingray City, the shark dive that he has set up, which he calls Shark City, he goes down in the same way that they do it with the stingrays. They pull out a little food, and then all these sharks come in and surround him, and he really has a blast doing it. Most of them, I think they’re called beagle sharks. They’re not really dangerous. They’re a little bit like a nurse shark or something, but there’s a lot of them and then they’re joined by a whole lot of different types of rays. So gets as crazy as like a Cayman dive where all the rays are swimming around you and all the sharks. It’s just a real burst of energy when you are making this dive.
[00:05:06] CM: Yeah. I mean, you talked about in in the book. He’s been doing this for decades and he did it originally to sort of stir all the sharks away from getting caught in the fishermen’s nets?
[00:05:16] TR: Yeah. The idea wasn’t so much to start a shark attraction but just kind of a shark sanctuary and it’s blossomed into something that divers love. It’s not really that deep. It’s about 60 some feet. You can take a beginner diver down there with a guide or an instructor. It goes down to only like 78 feet, so it’s 20 to 24 meters. It’s really an on eye-opener for somebody that’s never seen a shark, and then all of a sudden 40 of them show up. It’ll make their day real quick.
[00:05:53] CM: The thing that’s so immediately in my mind, how is the temperature of the water there off Chiba?
[00:05:58] TR: Everywhere there is kind of dictated by a current that runs up and down the coast. In the wintertime, of course, it’s going to be cooler. But this Kurishio Current here, the black current, it starts way south past Taiwan and it moves up the entire coast of Japan almost up into the Bonin Islands. But it’s especially well-known to move up through Okinawa out into Izu area and it really effects the Izu diving the most. The water can get really pleasant in the summertime, quite warm actually. With it, it brings all kinds of nutrients, and it just depends on the season.
Sometimes, it even brings the fish from south of Taiwan, so you get the kind of fish that you would see around Indonesia or Malaysia sometimes following this current all the way up. But they don’t always stay and last that long. They’ve gotten up as far as places like Osezaki, which is kind of central east. The beauty of it is that some of them have some of the critters who have stayed and adapted, and so the macro photography is surprisingly very good in these areas.
[00:07:09] CM: Wow! But, Tim, I think you’ve held out on me there. You still haven’t actually told me like what kind of temperature I could expect in the summer. Does that mean it’s going to be 25°C or something?
[00:07:19] TR: It can be. It can get up to –
[00:07:21] TR: If you’re lucky.
[00:07:24] TR: Well, no, actually. I’ve gone up to Makura Islands where the dolphins are, and the water has been 28. It’s not bad in the summer time. Wintertime is definitely wet suit. You’re talking – It depends in how cold you get but, at least, 5 to 7 mill in the wintertime, of course.
[00:07:41] CM: For example there, Shark City dive, I mean, that really struck me like you said about it’s a two-hour ride. So you could basically like rock up to Tokyo, find a dive shop or a dive guide to take you, and then like head down to Chiba while you’re there sort of thing. Is this a sort of thing that’s fairly popular for foreign tourists to do?
[00:07:59] TR: It is. There’s like an English-speaking guy named Ben Wouters, and he has a friend who’s a very good photographer and who also worked with him, a guy named Oleg Dyachkin. They own a thing called Dive Zone Tokyo. Ben arranges that kind of thing and speaks English, so you don’t have to worry about misinterpretations, the lost in translation thing. He specializes in doing weekend trips like that and he can also put together longer trips if you’re into it. They do some really interesting things aside from going down along the east coast south of Tokyo. They actually have the world’s largest salamander. It’s up in the mountains in Central Japan, and these things are huge in, and he can arrange for a trip up to a mountain stream if you want to go there too. Salamanders don’t do a lot but you’ll be totally surprised by the size of these things.
[00:08:58] CM: Holy moly! I was just thinking like obviously if you’re a tourist in Japan, don’t speak any Japanese, meeting up with someone like Ben and having them organize a trip for you would be obviously great. You get to do some diving, but the whole experience of just being with someone who speaks Japanese, who knows the territory sort thing I think would just make for a really memorable adventure and way of experiencing Japan like on your way to the these different places and stuff like that.
[00:09:25] TR: Yeah. That’s kind of why we put the book out because there’s a lot of information about a lot of the dive sites in Japanese, in the country. But for people who were planning a trip to Japan or wondering what it’s like outside of someplace like Naha, where there are some English-speaking dive shops down in Okinawa area, what they can expect. That is the reason that I hooked up with my co-author, Noriyuki Otani, and his wife speak a lot better English than I speak Japanese. Noriyuki is a very good and enthusiastic photographer. He comes down to MantaFest in Yap about every other year. He takes part in the MantaFest Photo School and out photo competition. I believe his wife won first place for her video of manta rays a couple years ago.
We’ve talked a lot about diving in Japan, and he’s always wanted me to come up to an area called Mie Prefecture area called the Owase and he lives fairly close to this place. He’s pretty much religiously goes there for macro photography like every other weekend when he’s not visiting Yap, so he’s there a lot. He sent me photos and I said, “Well, you know.” I said, “I’ve been to the Bonin Islands quite a bit and a little bit Izu area. I did quite a few trips for outdoor Japan through most of Okinawa.” I said, “But I haven’t heard of your area at all. Also, there’s still a lot of areas in Central that I haven’t heard of.” I said, “Why don’t we do a book? You’ll do the parts that you know really well and I’ll do the parts that I know really well and for a few things like the ice diving.”
[00:11:12] CM: Yes, the ice diving. Oh, my God!
[00:11:14] TR: Which I’m a Micronesian wimp. I like the warm water. We were very fortunate to run into a blogger who lived in Japan for eight years and went and tried a lot of different types of diving in a lot of different places. She’s a British lady named Bonnie Waycott and she’s back in the UK now but she have a really nice blog site that explained a lot of the places that both he and I were interested in. So we enlisted Bonnie to make about six or seven contributions to the book, including the ice diving. That’s where you see those little sea angel things that are so –
[00:11:56] CM: Yeah, remarkable.
[00:11:57] TR: Everyone is so fascinated with and apparently you have to go under ice to see those. We were really happy that Bonnie had done that a few times, and so she was able to kick our book off with some of the ice diving. Then she had also been with a guy named Eiji Yanagihara. He does a lot of diving in the Oki Islands, which is on the west coast, a lot of west coast diving even though that’s where the pearl divers are from, the very famous –
[00:12:29] CM: The Ama.
[00:12:29] TR: The Ama ladies have made that area famous, but it’s not famous actually for scuba diving. But there are some beautiful places there where you can kayak and scuba dive, and the Oki Islands were some of them. They’re off the coast in about central west to Main Island, Japan. We were very happy to get his contribution. The Dive Zone Tokyo guys helped us out and also the Mikomoto Hammers guys. There’s an island there that’s super currenty in the Izu area and the schools of hammerheads come in.
Basically, every dive is a drift dive, so they kind of throw in where they think you’re going to see hammerheads and you drift along. If you see them, depending on what the terrain is, you either hook into a rock and hoped that the hammerheads come close or you drift out and try to get close to the school itself and not diving for everyone. It’s pretty well diving I think in there and I think the dives are fairly short too, probably 25 or 30 minutes per dive for that. They were able to fill us in on how they do it. Even though Yonaguni down in Southern Okinawa is famous for its hammerheads, these really are not that far from Tokyo. You would take the train down to an area that’s about three hours out of the city and then go up to this little island and, bingo, there’s hammerheads. What is off Japan’s central east coast around what’s considered pretty well populated areas is very accessible.
[00:14:01] CM: Again, I mean, that’s remark – I mean, because Japan has such an incredible transport network that it’s so easy to get around the country. You say like three hours on the bullet train, in the Shinkansen, and then you’re there. I mean, which is obviously compared to, say, traveling around somewhere like the Philippines or Indonesia, everything is so much more accessible in that sense.
[00:14:22] TR: That’s true. We even found that in some of the remote areas like [inaudible 00:14:27], which is just this big cone that comes up out of the water. That’s the place scuba diving isn’t allowed but they have a school of big bottlenose dolphins. This current runs right by this island, so it brings a lot of fish with it. They’re like really big fat bottlenose dolphins. They’re very well-fed, and the school number is about 200, and they’ve been studied by this International Dolphin Association that also has work going on in the Bahamas and some other places in the world.
Three times a day, their boats to go out and they will take you out for an hour and a half to two hours to snorkel with this bottlenose group, and that’s really kind of a special deal because they’re very consistent. If you’ve never seen dolphins before, you can catch a ferry out of Tokyo right around midnight. At 6:00 AM, there’s – You’re approaching this big volcano-looking island. Even though there’s only about 300 people on the island, everything is well paved. There’s some public buses that take you around. There’s little parks. There’s like a hiking forest right outside of town, and it has some of the oldest trees, oldest forest area in all of Japan. Aside from their marine life aspect, you get to really see what a nice little fishing village in Japan would look like and spend a fairly peaceful weekend where you can take a hike to the forest after you go snorkeling.
Then in the Bonin Islands, there is ships out there. They call it the Galapagos of Japan. They have different kinds of whales. There are sperm whales and humpback whales. They have spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Whale watching is a big deal there, and it’s legal to swim with dolphins there as well, and they also have good scuba diving and good shipwrecks. We really weren’t sure what we were going to find there, because I think the permanent village is only about 700 people, and then there’s two or three smaller other villages that they had daily bus trips out to beaches and bus trips to the other villages, which have little art colonies in them.
So, yeah, Japan not only on the mainland is very predictable and well-developed. But even if you go out to some of these other places, if you go out like to some small island in the South Pacific, you’re kind of screwed usually as far as major logistics go. But in Japan, you can do almost everything just with the public transport, so it’s quite reasonable.
[00:16:57] CM: It’s, again, the overland stuff is kind of almost as interesting as the underwater stuff. It’s that it’s a great experience. Obviously, you’re seeing rural Japan outside of the megacities, and there’s obviously going to be a lot of greenery and a lot of beauty around just this part of the everyday life sort of things. I think that in itself is just going to make for a really pleasant and interesting trip and quite peaceful except – Unless you’re chasing after hammerheads. It’s a good place to go and relax after you’ve been chasing after hammerheads.
It’s also interesting what you’re saying about obviously there are lots of macro but then all of this big stuff as well, so lots of chances to go whale watching if you pick the right spot and you’re there at the right season.
[00:17:40] TR: Some people think that Japan is like a big whaling nation, but they don’t catch their own whales. They found out that people like to see whales, and so you can go up to Ogasawara. There’s two ships a week that go up there. It’s a 25-hour trip, so it’s not something you do over the weekend usually. Most people if they’re from Tokyo, those day, either the four days of the three days depending on what works out. But if you have some time, we spent like two weeks up there, spent some time with the whales and sometimes with the dolphins and sometime diving. We get ragged-tooth sharks. They have loggerhead turtles and a lot of different kind of turtles. There’s just a lot of history. It’s a different kind of place.
The people there actually have roots from Hawaii and came over during the time when whaling was really popular in the Pacific, and so they actually have like a local dance. It’s like a hula, and so it’s a really interesting meld of Japanese and the Polynesian culture. Not only that. It’s really beautiful. It’s just all these stark islands with lots of remote beaches and just a beautiful place to visit.
[00:18:51] CM: Well, speaking of which is Yonaguni, which you brought up earlier. Yonaguni for me has exercised this real fascination on my imagination because it’s – Yonaguni is right at the end of the chain of islands of Japan, right? It’s like the final island.
[00:19:06] TR: It’s the southernmost in Okinawa, southernmost inhabited island. I believe there’s one or two a little farther south that China and Japan are discussing.
[00:19:18] CM: Of course, Yonaguni is most famous dive-wise when you mentioned the hammerheads who were there in season. But, of course, the underwater monument, the thing that no one can work out if it’s man-made or if it’s naturally or caused by natural erosion. You’ve actually dived on it. What would you recommend? Is it as impressive on areas as it seems from the photos?
[00:19:41] TR: It’s a excellent dive no matter what it is, because you don’t really appreciate how huge this structure is until you actually let the air out of the BC and go down. There is a guy that has a dive shop there. His name is Aratake-san. If you talk to him, he’s the guy that discovered it, and there’s actually a couple other monuments further up the coast too that he believes are all part of this lost culture that developed these. But he can show you where an arch was created and where there were stairs leading down to a place that was like a temple for turtles. He’s got it mapped out very well and it all makes a lot of sense. Then when you get down there and you dive and you look at it, it very much looks like it could be man-made. But how big it is, how just the breadth of the thing. I mean, it takes an entire dive just to swim around and across it.
[00:20:42] CM: Wow! It’s huge.
[00:20:43] TR: It starts at various levels. The shallowest area is only about three meters, 10 feet or so, and you can be standing on that platform there and watching these huge waves crash in overhead. If you look at the cover of the book, that’s where that was taken. It goes down deep. It goes down 40 meters or so, so it’s really something to see and explore. The one thing that I’d like to see, and this is, of course, one of those strokes of luck, but the guy who is said to go there regularly year after year say they’ve actually seen the school of hammerheads come in and swim over the monument. That would be a double bonus there. That would be just perfect.
[00:21:29] CM: Yeah, because the shots you got in the book, I mean, it just really captures the sense of scale. Obviously, you got dives in there. But as you were talking about that that all the waves are rolling over head and yet it seems generally very calm on the monument itself, it’s almost like a huge great shelter.
[00:21:47] TR: It’s so big. I mean, even if there were current sweeping across there, there were other areas that you could get down, take these stairs that Mr. Aratake believes it were actually carved to get down into some areas that are like sheltered. You could still explore the thing, whether it’s currenty or not. We miraculously – The place that’s supposed to be set aside for the turtle gods, there’s a turtle sitting right where the turtle god place was. Maybe it is true. Who knows? I’m not sure.
[00:22:24] CM: Is it given that Yonaguni is at the need of the chain or is it still quite easy to get there? Or does that involve lots of ferry hopping between islands?
[00:22:33] TR: No. I was able to fly down directly from Naha, so it’s not that difficult, no.
[00:22:38] CM: Awesome. Does it get busy?
[00:22:41] TR: It’s really a fun island. Actually, I rented a bicycle. It’s very hilly. It has a herd of wild horses and also has quite a bit of cattle roaming around. It has a coastal road that takes you all on this beautiful cliff line. There’s like a beach there that I saw like two surfers just in total heaven because they had the entire waves and break to themselves, probably a half mile long beach. Just seeing the horses run around and all the old monuments and stuff like that. They have a special kind of way of burying people where they have these very large tombs. There’s a lot of history there.
There’s a couple nice little ports for people to get in and out of little harbors. The main town has some really good restaurants too. Aratake has a nice little dive pension that you can stay in and that has the Orion beer flowing and very good food. You can sit there and debate whether it’s man-made or natural and really have a lot of fun.
[00:23:47] CM: Awesome. I’m further back up the chain then to Okinawa itself. I mean, the other – The famous places there, the Manta Scramble and the Ishikawa Islands. Does that live up to its reputation?
[00:24:00] TR: It does and it’s had few challenges over the years, because like a lot of other places, it’s gone through a few El Niños and warmings, and so the corals in some of the sites are a little beat up I guess you’d say. Also, Okinawa is no stranger to typhoons. They handle things very well. I just happened to be out in the Kerama Islands when a typhoon was a couple days off of and scheduled to bowl over where we were at. They had a guy in a truck driving around going, “Okay, time to get off the island,” every day. I told the people at the pension that I was staying at, I said, “Well, I’m from Guam and I don’t mind staying in the hotel is we just shutter up the windows.” They said, “No, we’re all leaving. There’ll be nobody to cook food. There’ll be nobody here. We’re all getting out of here.” I went, “Okay.” So sure enough, the ferry made an extra trip and picked up all the tourists and quite a few of the residents, and we all went back to Naha. They’re very safe and serious about preparing for the typhoons.
But I was mentioning that because some of the reefs down of Ishigaki had to face some of those problems. But that has not stopped especially the amount of fish that are there. I’ve seen like schools of macro feeding. There’s a lot of really nice marine life. It’s great for macro. You find ghost pipefish and frogfish and a lot of the prized photo subjects that you go to Indonesia or the Philippines for are down in Ishigaki. The Manta Scramble thing is kind of funny because there – It’s like a lot of valleys with a lot of big coral heads, almost seamount type of coral heads and large. At the top of these coral heads or just off to the side are cleaning stations, and so the mantas will go from one and then maybe swim what would be for a diver may be a three to five-minute swim over to another cleaning station and start circling there and staying there for a while. The mantas – You may yet drop in like the first time I went to Manta Scramble. There is a manta right under me, so we went over and we kind of get out of the way where we could watch it. We’re going, “Well, that’s working.”
Then he swam off and our dive guide went, “Come on, come on, come on.” So we swam across a big open blue value to another one of these big seamounts. Sure enough, the manta is up at the top of that swimming around. So we were there for a while. There’s a lot of these, and so even the manta gets started with that, and he swims over to the other sides. It is a scramble. I can see why they call it that. We kind of followed into two or three cleaning stations and we were out of air. We started to see other things. I think we saw four, five mantas on the first dive that we were on. There’s a second manta spot that we also had a pretty good look at too.
[00:27:03] CM: Yeah. I mean, and obviously Okinawa is a big island and it’s a big area and a big prefect. If you’re a tourist and you arrive at Okinawa Airport, you’re going to have to pick an area to go and base yourself in. What would you recommend as where to begin? I mean, would you sort of pick – Obviously, if someone had bought your fine book, it would help them decide where to go. But, I mean, what are the two or three places you should maybe try and go to within one trip? Would that be the best way to do it or would it be better just to sit in one set of islands for four or five days and just enjoy all of what’s there?
[00:27:36] TR: Well, I guess it depends on how much gear you’re hauling around but Ishigaki is a really pretty island. It kind of reminds me of Saipan in the Northern Marianas. It has a big dragon back, so you can drive to some really nice secluded bays and watch when surfers are doing their thing or kite surfers and others. A lot of other things to do on Ishigaki. You can go up by like a mangrove river in a kayak. There’s a lot of water sports. The town itself is very well set up for any kind of visitor. So if you wanted like a really good experience the first time out, you could either stay in Naha and do some coastal diving there with some of the dive shops. There’s actually a lot of walk-in dives on the main island. Or you could just go into Naha probably overnight and in the morning fly down to Ishigaki and spend a few days
Now, the beauty of staying in Naha is you could do some dives there, and they’ve got a couple places that are pretty famous and really easy to get to. If you’re not a super experienced diver, you could go to a couple of the places there that are really well set up for divers. They’re almost like a diving park I’d say, as opposed to – It’s called Maeda Blue Cave and then there’s a place called Sunabe Seawall. Both those places are just walk-in and very easy dives, usually protected. If you want to see something that’s a little more remote, it’s only a one-hour fast ferry trip out to the Kerama Islands. There’s three or four islands there that are set up for people to stay out.
Zamami and Akajima, those two – Akajima especially is set up for divers and Zamami is very famous for its humpback whales, and so you can go there in whale season. If you’re really brave, you can go diving and see whales because the water is a little bit colder then. But if you talk to the dive shops in Zamami, the seasons bring a lot of different kind fish in. There’s like a two-month period where you might see ornate ghost pipefish, and there’s another season where you will see more turtles than normal. A lot of this stuff you should talk to your dive shop. It might require you bringing a five or a seven-millimeter suit, but the diving there is year-round. The beautiful white sand beaches, they’re very nice and small, little, almost one-lane coastal highway around these small islands. That’s really beautiful.
If you go in the summertime, very easy. A lot of people go out there, take the one-hour ferry from Naha, and just camp on the beach and go snorkeling with the sea turtles, so you don’t even have to bring your dive gear if you don’t want to.
[00:30:19] CM: Awesome. Tim, there is obviously so much to dive in Japan. I mean, I’ve always wanted to go to Yonaguni. But now, like after you told me about all of this, I was sort of like, “Okay, this is probably about a six-week trip.”
[00:30:33] TR: Yeah.
[00:30:35] CM: Because it is. I mean, it’s just with some planning and obviously talking to people like Ben in Tokyo. It strikes me that it could turn into a real dive safari but also like a cultural safari as well, because you’ll be going through so many different environments in Japan above the water and below the water. It sounds like that would be a real adventure to me.
[00:30:54] TR: Well, it’s the real beauty of Japan. I mean, it has so much diversity that’s underwater and then, of course, the history and cultural diversity on top of the water. Plus as you know, the food is really good in Japan. You can easily make nice long extended trips there and not be disappointed at all.
[00:31:16] CM: Yeah, for sure. Tim, thank you so much talking to us about diving in Japan.
[00:31:22] TR: Chris, it’s been my pleasure and I hope some people will thumb through the book and kind of use it as their bucket list or something like that. We’ve been – Noriyuki and I have been very happy to produce the book, and I think people be surprised at the variety of places and things to see in Japan.
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