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The Project is over, at least for now. I left Kushimoto yesterday to have a last minute fun and business here in Japan before returning to Texas A&M.
The three weeks that we stayed in Kushimoto felt long while I was there, but now I feel it was very short. If I could, I would have stayed longer. I wanted to explore the town and the area. This was the first time for me to visit this region. I though there would be more free time to go out to town, but that was a mistake. Actually, it wasn't bad. I worked a lot, but I enjoyed the task that was given to me.
We finished the last day of diving! Now the time in Kushimoto is almost over. I have to wash my diving gears and packed them. We had a birthday party for the captain’s daughter. We went out to a restaurant across from the super market. After that, I took photos of the artifacts that we raised. My plastic tripod didn’t work well, and the lighting inside the room was not the best setting for artifacts photography. However, I somehow managed to take photos. These should be good for record keeping, but not good for publication. I guess I should have spent more time on setting up, but there were two reasons that I decided not to put too much time on these images. First, Akagi san said he would like to take photos of the artifacts tomorrow morning. He is an excellent photographer, and I know he can take a perfect photos. Another reason is that I was in a hurry. I was invited to go to Karaoke-Bar with the Japanese tam member. So I finished taking photos, call the Taxi, and joined my Japanese friends at the Bar HanaHana
We showed the film on Yassi Ada to our Japanese friends. We invited divers, captains, and some other people. All the diver friends enjoyed the film, and they were impressed at what INA did in 1960’s. They did not know about the scale of operation that INA had at that time. The film is old, of course, but it seem like they did not care much. They saw George and Claude much younger than they are today. I thought it was a good idea to have this party because I think they realized what Nautical Archaeology is about and they have great respect to the pioneers of this field of study. It’s difficult to explain what is Nautical Archaeology and how the project is organized. Showing a film can be powerful. I should put Japanese subtitled on this film, because not many people understood the details. But I was surprised that they got the main ideas. Well, I should mention to them that there are better/proper ways of carrying an amphora to the surface than what they showed in the film.