Dream Weaver is leaving Iwaki Sun Marina, Onahama, Fukushima, tomorrow morning for Yumenoshima Marina, Tokyo. Hiro and Doug will have some other experienced sailors with them and are expected to arrive in Tokyo this Sunday afternoon.
Thank you, Fukushima people, for welcoming the Dream Weaver with open arms.
Hiro and Doug received beautiful flowers at the ceremony. Unfortunately, they did not have a place to decorate them, so they decided to give the flowers to a local retirement home and a day-care facility. Hiro and Doug were happy to see their smiling faces.
The arrival ceremony was held on April 21. Hiro and Doug sailed dinghies with the local high-school students and children, then enjoyed delicious tonjiru stew cooked by the parents.
After lunch, there were celebratory speeches given by the Mayor of Iwaki City, Mr. Shimizu, the Parliament Member of Fukushima Prefecture, Mr. Sakamoto, the Head of Second Regional Coast Guard Headquarter, Mr. Oodachi, and the Principal of Iwaki Kaisei High-School, Mr. Matsumoto.
Kuriyama-san, a blind musician, performed his original songs, “Dream Weaver” and “Real Victory” to celebrate Hiro and Doug’s achievement.
Then, something Hiro and Doug did not expect happened. They got to meet the yellow handkerchief designer, Yumeka’s family. They got to give them the handkerchief to her father and he gave the new ones back to them.
We arrived in Iwaki Sun Marina in Onahama, Fukushima yesterday morning. We would not have been made it without your support, so thank you all! I would like to mention my sister, Rie did typing for me from our phone calls, Doug, who took pictures, Naomi did all the translation for the blog. My deepest appreciation for those three. And thanks all for reading our blog!
The very last night time before their arrival seems giving them a hard time. The current is strong and pushing them back to south and many many tankers are going like high way near the Coast of Japan. They are really trying hard now!
[ We can re-challenge anything, as long as we are alive ]
Yesterday we struggled against the current. It was pushing us at 3 to 4knots, making our speed drop down to half. We were supposed to arrive on the 19th… Sailing is not only affected by the wind but but the currents and tides. We have 70miles left. I wish we can get there quicker.
On this , I often found myself tearing up and crying as I feel the sunset. It’s not that I’m sad that I cannot see this beautiful sunset. It’s not that I’m crying because I want to go back to my childhood in Amakusa when I could see the sunset. It’s tears of happiness that I am alive today, that I could meet Doug and attempt this voyage again. If I had taken my life when I went completely blind, I would not have had the chance to live this wonderful life.
And if I had decided to call it quit after our failed attempt in 2013, I would not have had the chance to try again with Doug and experience this wonderful voyage. I am grateful of the challenges I can take on because I am alive.
Maybe there are people around you who are suffering the way that I once did. Please help them see the light in the darkness. My book, “The Light I Could See Because I Cannot See”, (only available in Japanese at the moment) explores my struggles and how I found the light. Please share this with people around you who may be suffering. I hope this can make a little bit of a difference. We will arrive in Onahama tomorrow. I will keep my senses sharp until the very end.