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I went toward the small construction, a little bit excited for fishes, and found out a sign board “Shinshin-Kisen Shimoda Office”. More excited for the word, “Kozushima Island”, “Shikinejima Island”, “Nijima Island” and “Toshima Island”, those of which are some of “Izu Seven Islands”. Yes, this is the boarding station for a passenger liner, operated every day except Wednesdays. Only once a day at 9:20. It goes through 4 islands and returns to Shimoda at 16:20 ( information as of Sep, 2010 ). Not a tour boat, but a liner that stops at each station for only 5-15 minutes for boarding. Exploring islands seems so exhilarating, isn’t it ?
By the way, Izu Seven Islands belongs to Tokyo, not Shizuoka. That means, each islands have another liner to or from Tokyo. If you are adventurous enough, and if you plan to visit Shimoda from Tokyo, the liner by way of any island you are interested in is one of the way ! Find further information from the website of “Tokai Kisen”. Good English website !＾＾
Now, the unknown island was just right there ! I saw a Black Ship passing over the island. The black ship, the tour cruiser in Shimoda Port, is called “Susquehanna”. The tour station is only 15-20 minute walk from Shimoda Station, next to “Kaikoku Shimoda Minato”. For further details, please open here “Izu Cruise”. The timetable is also shown.
Finally, I stood at the gateway to the unknown island. Later I found out its name. “Inubashirijima Island” is that. In front of the passage way were some men who rent the fishing kit with bait. No but to enjoy fishing in this fish-abundant sea !
I strolled on the pathway and talked to a fisherman. “My friend carries on a Japanese Inn and I’ve got to catch some fish for today’s dinner of customers’”. I laughed. He did as well. I knew it would be very difficult to catch fishes in this too hot weather, but in the evening, I was sure, he would.
Walking close to the island, I felt reassured because I accomplished my goal. I had not been expecting something in this island. I just wanted to stand on it. You understand me ? I passed through the tunnel to the other side, and found a white lighthouse with no one around. The sea breeze was lovely and cozy. The view was cool and sweet. I sat beside the lighthouse forgetting the time to pass.
By the way, there seems to be another island called “Karijima” next to this Inubashiri Island by the map I checked later. I had completely missed it and returnd the way I had come. Anyone, please report it to me !＾＾；
Next time, I’ll report the Perry Road.
Good day !＾＾
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