Ogasawara, Ye ‘Ol Land o’ Tropical Paradise

Thinking of visiting Ogasawara or staying at Pelan Village? You’ve come to the right place. This photo gallery will give you a photographic glimpse into what life is like on this gorgeous island.   Click each photo to enlarge it and read a description.   These pictures mostly sum up all the perks of visiting…

A Pelan New Year

Scroll through a photo gallery full of snaps from Pelan Village during this Japanese New Year.

Island Hyper-Freak: Fun facts about Ogasawara

Worse than goats, feral cats, large rats, and land snails, are the red coral poachers who ghost around the island in search of bounty. Coral sells for an incredibly high price, selling for as much as $1,550/gram. Its no wonder pirates will shoulder the cost of coming from as far as Korea and China to this little group of islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

A Lazy-Day Update

Stylistic note: The following blog post is written in diary form: rambling, revealing,¬†and nonsensical.   I’ve never woken up so early before in my life. When I first arrived at Pelan Village, I would wake up at 5:45 am to begin work at 6 am. (Now, I tend to sleep in a bit, since my…

On the Ogasawara Archipelago

Dear Reader, Browse through these pictures to get a sense of what life is like on the Ogasawara Archipelago. I’m currently WWOOFing at Pelan Village in Chichijima, where I wake up at 6 am every morning to farm, help build a house, and cook. In the afternoon, I head to the beach to snorkel, swim,…