潮 shio—tide

Awajishima, Tokushima, Japan. The author went from Hyogo to Tokushima. over the big bridge.

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In yesterday’s post, “橋 hashi—bridge” I wrote about the first part of our trip to Awajishima island. Our goal was the famous Naruto whirlpools at the southern end of the island.

 

In the map, you can see how Awajishima (circled in red) almost completely closes off the Inland Sea from the open waters of the Pacific. Twice a day, the rising tide filling the Inland Sea has to make its way around the island through the narrow channels of the Akashi Strait (to the north) and the Naruto Strait (to the south); twice a day the falling tide has to make its way past in the other direction.

The Naruto Strait in particular experiences one of the fastest tidal currents in the world; at 10 knots supposedly the fourth fastest after two locations in Norway (including the famous maelstrom that claimed Captain Nemo’s Nautilus) and one in Nova…

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