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Old 12-03-2011, 09:25   #1
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Greetings from Japan

as i said, greetings,
i live in kagoshima, southern japan, and i dive and kayak often from the local beaches.
i am not sure where i should post my inquiry, so i shall post it here. i am looking to buy one or two books about sailing, with two objectives. the first is practical, in that i would like to know how sailing in general works. the second is an indulgence of curiosity; i would like the books that i buy to explain how the 15th to 18th century ships got in and out of the harbour, how such enormous ships sailed into the wind and where the galley was in relation to the water stores. in short, i want to learn about the history and the modern practice of sailing, and i would like to keep it to as few books as possible.
(so that the wife stays happy)
i am a papercraft genius, so if you want a paper model of any ship, perhaps i can help you.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:49   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, kaki-chan.

We hope that you and yours are safe and well, following the recent tragic events.
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Hi and welcome.

We have a word in our language for that which you call paper craft.

We call it Origami.

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hajimemashite, kaki-chan! Welcome to the cruisers forum. While I grew up in the Kansai I did make it to Kyushu a couple of times and liked it there. Enjoy your stay aboard this forum.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
How were you effected by the tsunami? Are you ok?
Kind regards,
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Kagoshima is on my list of places to visit when we head off from Hong Kong in another couple of years. Hope you are still there then.
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Hello, and weclome on board.

Do you have libraries in Japan? If so, they are good places to start looking for books - and most libraries I have seen have a decent range of books. Failing that, if you need to order online, go straight to the RYA website, and order their books - I suggest Day Skipper (easy) and Yachtmaster (supposed to be hard) levels. The DK series of 'how to' books also have a very good sailing book.
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Re: Greetings from Japan

thankyou all for the warm welcome.
Kagoshima is far from the scene of the disaster(s) and we are fine. my wife's sister has come back to kagoshima though, just in case the nuclear reactor goes really bad.
the libraries here dont have any books in english, and although i do read some japanese, it takes time to look up words that i dont know, particularly in technical subjects.
ill take a look at the books recommended to me, and come back to the website from time to time.
thanks again.
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Internet's also good too...
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Well, hello from Hiroshima!
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Hello, and welcome. There are many good books on sailing (unfortunately.) The second part of your inquiry may be a lot harder to accommodate. I'd suggest the Internet and surfing a LOT as well, because some of that info is subjective opinion, and other aspects just may not have been recorded. Might I also suggest you make inquiry with the captains of some of the tall ships and reproductions? They'd have most all of the same problems and concerns today.

Hope you continue to be far from harm; Be well!
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