NOTE: In March of 2011 a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck east of Sendai, creating a tsunami that wiped out most of the city and caused severe damage to the nuclear power facility, the radiation eventually travelling along the Japanese current to the northwest coast of North America.
In 2003 we travelled to Sendai and took a 50-minute ferry ‘tour’ to Matsushima past many of the 260 unique landforms and islets between Sendai and Matsushima.
Tied up at the ferry dock was a fantastical rooster boat. However, we were directed to board this gorgeous peacock boat.Detail of the peacock head. Seagulls perched on the peacock tail.There were a variety of islets highlighted on the tour itinerary that I’ve included at the bottom of this post.
Comorants resting on a balanced rock. I assumed that this probably hadn’t survived the tsunami, but from the handout brochure below I saw that it is called Niou-jima Island, and from Google I learned that it is still there. I wanted to be in a much smaller boat to explore these hidden areas and islands, many of which contain shrines.
What can I say? I have ferry boat envy.A sea stack in the background, along with several sea arches in the foreground.A weathered islet.
The seaside village of Matsushima was spared the worst of the 2011 tsunami because the many islets that protected it.The 50-minute trip showed us many of the islands in between Sendai and Matsushima. The islands have their own names, each relating to a Japanese legend. As the above photos are all scanned I don’t have any sense of order and can not tell you which is which. (Click to enlarge.)
More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On the Water.