Saturday, November 01, 2014

Meet Shiraishi Island's new character!

Recently the island held a contest to come up with an island character to use for promotional purposes. We had over 50 entries and many very professional ones. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! We had so many good entries, as a matter of fact, that rather than choosing just one, the island decided to create an amalgamation of all the ideas, which resulted in this seagull!

A few points to note: The straw hat represents that used in the Shiraishi Bon Dance, a designated national treasure in Japan. The overcoat has two blue spots in the shape of Shiraishi Island. At the bottom is shows waves of the Seto Inland Sea.


Hanging from the belt are fish and mulberries, two products the island is known for. The star is a "starfish" from the sea and the cat with the fish in it's mouth represents the many beautiful stray cats that grace our island--especially near the port!


 The hem of the kimono has a drawing of the Bussharito Buddhist stupa on the island, which is said to hold some of Buddha's ashes. Lastly, the seagull's sandals (Of course even birds wear sandals in Japan!) have crab pincers in the front.


We hope you enjoy our new character! We are now soliciting entries for a name, so if you have any ideas, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day trips from Shiraishi Island, #japan

We don't have much autumn color here on the island but October is an excellent time to get in some hiking, running, or just lazing on the deck of the Shiraishi International Villa. It's also a great season for bicycling and if you've ever had a yen to bicycle around some of the Inland Sea islands, now is a great time to do it. As a matter of fact, we recommend heading over to Kitagi Island next door for a day trip (see downloadable map at link location). Another great day trip, but for walking, is Manabe Island. Ferries leave every few hours.

 Bicycle path on Kitagi Island (about 20km around the island)

By using Shiraishi Island as a base, and doing day trips to surrounding islands, you can save money and time. We hope to see you this autumn at the Shiraishi International Villa!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Shiraishi Pilgrimage open for the trail running season!

The Shiraishi Pilgrimage autumn trail running season has started! We generally take a hiatus from cleaning the route over the summer since it's too hot to run it anyway, but after a successful weekend of trail cleaning, the route is now ready for a great Fall/Winter. Thanks to volunteers who came out to help clean the trail, now the first part of the pilgrimage path (through shrine No. 17) is open for hiking or running. Thank you everyone for a fun weekend: BBQ and keg on the beach, overnight at the International Villa and trail cleaning the next morning.

More clean-ups will follow, each time doing another section. Here are some photos of the trail. 

The beginning of the pilgrimage path. 


One of the shrines along the path.

For the history and some background on the pilgrimage, as well as detailed directions on the course, see the following blog entries:

Blog entry No. 2: Numbers 80-83
Blog entry No. 3: Myoken Shrine
Blog entry No. 4: Numbers 1-9

My next post will be detailed directions to No.s 10-17, the section we just cleared.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Himoningen--Art on Shiraishi Island (Sept. 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28) 11:30 -17:30

If you're coming to Shiraishi Island this weekend, don't miss the himoningen (string people) exhibit by Tokyo artist Syuta. One of his exhibits is the recreation the Shiraishi Bon Dance with string people.

Don't miss his work--it's located inside Matsuura House, at the ferry port. As you get off the ferry, look to your left and you'll see colorful banners and curtains showing you the way. 

Shiraishi Island needs your character ideas! Just 5 days left to get your submission in!



Shiraishi Island needs your character ideas! Click here for more info. Submissions due Sept 24!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September on Shiraishi Island


 If you missed this article on Shiraishi Beach activities in RocketNews24, you can read it here

The summer is winding down on Shiraishi and there are just two more days the Moooo! Bar will be open: Sept. 7th and 15th. The 15th is Drink the Bar Dry day, and all alcoholic drinks will be discounted. Also, there's the annual 50 percent off sale in the Moooo! Shop for all your bovine beach needs.

But remember--you can visit Shiraishi Island anytime of the year! And we have no pesky rules for using the beach, so you can swim year-round, have BBQ's and mainly, have the island as your own private paradise.

Thanks for a great summer, and we hope to see you this Fall on the island! Major moo-moos to all.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Saturday, Aug 23 Live Band and Fireworks night on the beach! #shiraishijima #japan


 This Saturday night is the last event of the summer on Shiraishi Island. Every year several local bands come out and play on the beach with the background of the Seto Inland Sea. Following that, is "Japan's smallest fireworks festival." But don't be too misled by the moniker. It may be the smallest fireworks festival but it is pretty powerful! Through contributions from regular customers and local residents, the fireworks are procured and set off from the wooden pier in front of San-chan's. They're so close you can almost reach out and touch them in the sky. Very impressive for a little island like ours.

Accommodation is all booked but there is still room for camping on the beach.

This is one of the biggest nights of the year on the island. Come see for yourself! Facebook page here!
 
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