Emma Frances

Swimming with Dolphins at Mikura-jima (御蔵島)

June 29, 2018

swimming with dolphins at Mikura-jima

(The kind of image I might have got if my camera hadn’t malfunctioned)

Swimming with dolphins at Mikura-jima (御蔵島) was a bucket list moment for me.

Not that I have an actual list. But if I did, I’m pretty sure swimming with dolphins would be at the top.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was small.

I love the ocean. I love cetaceans (dolphins, whales and porpoises). But I had one problem. (more…)

Miyake-jima (三宅島) – Life on the Edge of a Volcano

June 2, 2018
miyake-jima

Arriving at the harbour on Miyake-jima

Our next stop in the Izu Islands was Miyake-jima (三宅島).

The volcano here is very much active.

Oyama has erupted several times throughout the 20th century. Consequently, the island had to be (more…)

Hachijo-jima (八丈島) or How Not to Climb a Volcano

May 30, 2018
Views of Hachijo-jima from the ferry

Views of Hachijo-jima from the ferry

I must confess that my (very limited) planning of this trip went something along the lines of this:

Aogashima looks cool, let’s book a flight and see what happens! …and someone said something about dolphins?!”

Hachijo-jima (八丈島) sadly was completely overlooked.

I admit it. In my excitement, I viewed Hachijo-jima as nothing more than a stepping stone to my beloved (more…)

Aogashima (青ヶ島) – A Tiny Volcanic Island 350km South of Tokyo

May 27, 2018
Aogashima viewed from the ferry

The silhouette of Aogashima

I have always felt most at home in places where the land meets the ocean.

I am irresistibly drawn to tiny islands.

There’s something about the colliding of two worlds; a tiny (more…)