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I am owned by Pauline and Mark Blasky. My hull was built at the Duncan Marine Yard in Taiwan and launched in Dec of 1980. It is a William Garden design based on the Pixie Design and called by Duncan Marine a Freedom 45. They are the fourth owners and have owned me the longest. They have done extensive refitting to me including replacing my entire deck structure and rig. My masts are roughly 10% taller than original and now are made of aluminium as opposed to the original wood ones, which, though pretty, were always problematic. You can read more about me under "MORE ABOUT SARI TIMUR"

November 30, 2014

Baird Beer

It is not the purpose of this blog to promote beer or any specific product, oh hell maybe it is! One of the main reasons for wintering over in this part of Japan was to spend time with our friend Chris and his wife Satch in Numazu.  Chris is the brewer at one of Japan's better craft breweries, Baird Beer.  Anyway they have just opened a new brewery in Shuzenji area and Chris moved over to Mishimi to make the commute to work easier.  The new brewery is in a beautiful setting of what used to be a campground on the Kano River.  There are fruit trees and gardens on the grounds and we must say a very picturesque setting not to mention an impressive brewery. They still have the original Taproom in Numazu area.  We had problems finding a place to put Sari Timur in Numazu and talking with people we met on the rally from Numazu it would be very difficult if not impossible to bring a boat the size of Sari Timur for an entire winter.  This fact plus the fact Chris moved out of Numazu kind of made the decision to stay in sleepy Tannowa more attractive.

In November other friends of ours Bill and Martha flew in from San Diego so we did some road tripping.  There are some posts already from some of those road trips.  But the finale came with a weekend in the Mishimi/Numazu area.  Here are some pictures

The New Brewery

Martha, Chris, Bill, Pauline, Mark, and Dion all except Martha have lived in Grand Haven

Another Pic facing the bar.  

This is where they make beer

This is where they store it while it is aging

This is where they test it on the public

The milling machine.  Sure beats doing it by hand







November 18, 2014

Back on the Boat

We have a nice fire going.  It is very cold outside, but our new stove is heating us up nicely, it is also windy out.  I do hope we have fixed the down drafting problem.  We just returned from Koya-San, will write about that and try and fill in many missing posts and pictures over the next few days.  We do have a friend from Singapore who is currently up in Kyoto.  She leaves on the 26th.  We hope to catch up with her before she leaves.  Hopefully she will come here but if not we may make a long day trip back up to Kyoto.  So give us a little time to get our act together.

November 15, 2014

Last Night in Numazu

Tonight will be our last night in Numazu.  What better way to spend it than in the Tap Room with old friends from Grand Haven and new friends from the Setouchi Rally.  We also have some more pics and posts from the last two weeks but we will have to wait till we get back to a computer to download pictures.  We head back to the boat tomorrow but it is just to check everything and pack again for a trip up to Koya-San to spend a night with the monks.  We hope all the wind a couple of days back didn't take the leaves off the trees at Koya-San as we think the colors should be great up there.

Morning After Update:  Wow, we had a great time at the Tap Room.  Started with one of the best ramens in Japan.  It was at a place called Shofuku and is a few minutes walk from the TR.  We expected to meet up with only 3 people last night but our party ended up being triple that.  We ended up taking over the back corner of the pub room and everyone had a good time.  I think even the staff enjoyed it!  We all agreed to meet up again for New Year's Eve.  Now we just need to find a hotel room!  We will be bringing some friends from Guam on that one.

Anyway anyone cruising or traveling this part of Japan ought to make sure you make this area.  The scenery is fantastic and don't forget the beer.

The Rally Members from Numazu Area at the Taproom

November 13, 2014

Mt. Fuji

Just want to share a great picture of Mt. Fuji.  We have been traveling and sampling beer.  This trip to Gotemba included an all you can drink lunch of good food and craft beer after a walk with views like this.  Pretty Not Bad!



Maybe this is a tribute to Smeagol

Thousands of Statues

Us with Fuji-San in the Background


November 9, 2014

Noritake Museum, Nagoya

We visited the Noritake Museum today.  We have known about Noritake bone china but didn't know about the history and definitely didn't know the museum exists.

The Noritake Museum displays a collection of "Old Noritake" with historical and artistic value, including colorful, exquisite design book.  Most of the pieces are handcrafted and hand painted by very skilled craftspeople.

We have been visiting different pottery places in the last few days so this visit is very interesting.

Photography was not allowed so no photos.

November 6, 2014

Kyoto

We are currently in Kyoto, traveling and siteseeing with friends.  Kyoto is one of the must see places in Japan and is very close to Osaka.  We have just spent two full days here and scratched the surface of what there is to see.  One gets a bit temples out so, after a couple of days of shrines and temples we are moving on.  But will be back in a couple of weeks to visit more friends, and back around Christmas again with another group of friends.  Right now the colors are just beginning to change and accommodation was a problem so we ended up staying in Otsu, overlooking beautiful Lake Biwa.  We have also met a world renowned pottery expert and purchased a beer mug from him.  I never realized the sultety of buying a custom beer mug but I am very happy with mine.  Thanks Rob for your help and patience.

We will post some pictures later as we are traveling without a way to get the photos from camera to blog at present.  This afternoon we head back to the boat for a short visit and swap out some clean clothes for dirty ones.  Then it is off to Osaka central to a check out a couple of craft brewers.  Did we mention we are traveling with a couple of beer specialists!  Pretty not bad way to travel but not sure if my kidneys will hold out!

This was just a street corner in Kyoto but love the colours and activity.  The persimmons look great as well!  One of my favorite photos



Ginkakuji Temple
The Silver Temple







More Craft Beer at the Bunglelow

Nice Colours




A weary Visitor

Crossing the Water

Neat Reflections


Near the Philosophers Walk The colours are just changing

Sanjusangen-do
We Walked all Over Kyoto to Find this Temple only to find out it was back near the Station

But definitely worth the visit No Pics inside.  We will come back

Lake Biwa from our Hotel