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  • Started on November 19, 2017
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Setting out to sea

In the previous blog, I mentioned that although the survey hadn’t brought to the wreckage material, we did manage to narrow down the search area for our last day of diving. And on our last day, 9th September, we were ready to give it our all.

Submitted on 12 September 2018 - Number of comments: 0
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Eelgrass_jungle

Yoshida-san at the doorstep of an eelgrass-jungle.

Digging

Still hitting rock.

sea_urchins

A fresh batch of sea urchins, a treat for which you'll have to pay quite a sum in Japanese restaurants. Back on the shore, Yoshida-san served us some fresh ones.

A tiny piece of wood

Submitted on 10 September 2018 - Number of comments: 0
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Pre_dive_discussion

Pre-dive discussion. Mr. Jinbu of the Hakodate Newspaper, third from the left, watches closely.

Swimming_in_circles

The plan visualised.

Seaweed_and_fish

The seaweed jungle and its inhabitants

Fanning

Fanning away the sand by hand

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Mr. Hayashibara (centre, ARIUA/TUMSAT) joined our team on day 2

Nature’s schedule, Nature’s rules

Submitted on 09 September 2018 - Number of comments: 0
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Dai_San

Our research vessel for the coming days, the Dai-San Ebisu Maru.

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Mr. Niida, fisherman and our captain-for-hire, and prof. Iwabuchi (Tokyo Unversity of Marine Science and Technology).

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Mr. Takahashi (centre l) and Mr. Yoshida (r) discussing the plan for the dive

Almost_Ready

Mr. Takahashi (ARIUA) almost ready for the first dive

Yoshida_san_underwater

Mr. Yoshida took the first plunge

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Mr. Yoshida underwater, using a rope to search in a circle around a buoy. Unfortunately the area was mostly covered with sandy sediments and pebbles.

Blowing_bubbles

Blowing bubbles

Sea_urchins

Sea urchins and rocks. Mr. Yoshida normally makes a living from fishing up sea urchins and other underwater creatures.

Makeshift_ladder

Makeshift ladder, installed by Mr. Niida and Mr. Yoshida because there's no ladder on this high-sided boat

Evaluation

Evaluation of the first dive, from left to right: Mr. Yoshida (Yoshida Sensui), Mr. Takahashi (ARIUA), Mr. Iwabuchi (TUMSAT)

From 7 September to 9 September, the Maritime Programme and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) will revisit their collaboration to continue the search for the Kanrin Maru shipwreck near Kikonai in Hokkaido, Japan. This time, the search is continued in the form of a dive survey.

A renewed collaboration

Submitted on 31 August 2018 - Number of comments: 0
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A large model of the Kanrin Maru on top of Cape Saraki in Kikonai (Hokkaido), with flowers imported from the Netherlands in bloom (source: 1000nen-hokkaido.com).

Looking back, our trip to Hokkaido in November 2017 has been a great way to see how the story of a Dutch-made vessel has become so firmly rooted in the hearts and minds of the Japanese people we met along the way.

Submitted on 02 March 2018 - Number of comments: 0
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The Kanrin Maru model monument; the guardian of the Kanrin Maru heritage at Saraki Misaki.

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Kikonai and Saraki Misaki (where the Kanrin Maru wrecked in 1871)

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