Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dolphin Watching

Ever since I heard the story of Izumi Ishii's change of heart (see previous post), I've been wanting to take his dolphin watching tour. Last week we decided to try it out. His tours run out of Futo Port in the Izu Peninsula. Futo is a pretty tiny place, a popular spot for diving lessons, and I believe they actually still hunt dolphin there. We boarded Ishii's small boat at noon for a two hour tour of the surrounding area. The weather was a bit cloudy and it rained a little, but the ocean was nice and smooth. Not a bad day for a cruise. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate any dolphins. I was not at all disappointed, just happy to be there supporting Mr. Ishii. The guy is a hero. We'll be back for another try soon. If you're ever in Izu, you should too.

Izumi Ishii's Website (In Japanese and English).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Izumi Ishii's Inaugural Dolphin Watching Tour

Former dolphin hunter now leads dolphin watching tours in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture. For more information check out the link below.

Dolphin Whale Nature Watching Center

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ultraman vs. Hidora Exhibition

Izu's Shaboten Park was the location for the Ultraman episode "Terror On Route 87" which was filmed in the late 60s. The bird-like statue in the episode was actually an attraction at the park, and is still standing today. Shaboten Park features a live action "Ultra Heroes" show in the summer, and this year they set up a small Ultraman vs. Hidora (the monster in the episode) exhibition. The exhibition showcases Hidora (Hydra in the English version), and includes a small prop display and an Ultraman timeline. There's also a stage set up for photographs and exclusive Ultraman items available. Ultraman geeks might find this pretty interesting.