Monday, 26 March 2012
26.03.2012 - 26.03.2012
A chilly sea day with a forecast maximum of 10 °C, long-johns and thermal vests just to step outside. Inside the temperature remains quite comfortable. Clocks were put forward an hour overnight as we are now heading in a North Easterly direction through the East China Sea.
Jenny filled out the immigration and customs forms required for entry to Japan. We are given detailed instructions on how they should be completed and then they are collected by the cabin-steward. They will no doubt be matched up with our passports and returned to us in time for disembarkation at our first Japanese port.
After breakfast I attended William Roberts' lecture on the Korean war and the ongoing Armistice with many personal insights from his tour of duty in the 'Peace Village'. Heather followed on this with an overview of the Kim Dynasty and the various family members. She touched on the many farcical events and statements by the all powerful military regime to perpetuate the cult image of Kim Jong-Un.
Lunch and then Lindsay's talk on the visit to Osaka, coupled with Heather's personal recommendations it looks as if Nara may well be the best option. There's no way we can do everything in even one port, let alone all of them.
Formal night so we dress up and go to another great dinner. Declined the 'entertainment' options as we weren't impressed with one and had also seen the other, Busan tomorrow, another whirlwind day with only two sea days in the next six.
There is a blackout on satellite communications while we are in Japan, not sure when that stats and ends so will post entries as and when I can.