Sunday, July 29, 2007

Farewell party

Last night the local (and some not-so-local) falconers got together to have a farewell dinner for me. Not exactly the steak and potatoes affair that it would be in the States. Lots of raw fish, eel, raw beef mixed with raw egg (!?!), and a lot of stuff that I don't even know what animal it came from. I'm gonna miss that kind of stuff. Japan has a tendancy to make foreigners feel pretty alienated. It's awfully hard to feel part of the group when you're so obviously not. But hanging out with this group of falconers has made me feel more at home in Japan than just about anything else I've done here. It's been a great three years. Thanks guys.
Of course we talked a lot about what everyone will be flying this year and I told everyone that there's a good chance, what with all the red tape I'll have to wade through when I get to Colorado, that I won't be able to fly anything this year. They all thought it was rather wacky that I could be out shooting stuff with a high powered rifle within a week of landing in the States but it will more than likely take me months to be able to fly a bird again. I think they have a point! It'll be interesting to see how things work out on the falconry front when I get home. Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Starting again...

The Falconers of the Kansai Hawking Club

We'll try this blogging thing one more time...

There's nothing going on in my falconry world at the moment. My 3 years as a falconer in Japan are over and I'm packing up and getting ready to move back to the U.S. next week. I'll be trying to get re-licenced and see if flying a bird is even a possibility this season and if all goes as hoped I'd like to fly a merlin this fall but for now I'll just be happy if re-licencing goes okay. Wish me luck and hopefully I can post more often from here on out! Watch this space...