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皆既日食 in チリ

English version

こんにちは、Fe@NJです。

「チリ、皆既日食観測の旅」(3泊7日)(2019/6/29~7/5)のツアーに参加しました。一生の思い出になる素晴らしい天体ショーに感激しました!

第一章 プロローグ・・・プレミアム エコノミーの旅

南米チリ(Chile)への飛行時間は、成田→ダラス(Dallas)(アメリカ)が約12時間(ボーイング777型機)、ダラス→サンティアゴ(Santiago)(チリ)が約8時間(ボーイング787型機)。更に、バスで、サンティアゴから宿泊地のコキンボ(Coquimbo)まで、北へ約6時間。今回は、片道だけで1日半の長旅、かつ、時差・気候差(チリは冬!)の克服も必要で、命・パスポートの次に、体力・体調が極めて重要であると感じた。

上記の観点より、今回は全フライトで、初めて「プレミアム エコノミー」クラスを選択。
「エコノミー」との違いを、示してみよう(ボーイング787型機の場合)。
なお、両者の航空運賃の差は約30万円である。

①プレミアム エコノミー

座席の横の配列:2-3-2
座席の幅:47cm (18.5in)
座席の前後間隔:97cm (38in)
優先搭乗:第4グループ

②エコノミー

座席の横の配列:3-3-3
座席の幅:46cm (18.1in)
座席の前後間隔:79cm (31in)
優先搭乗:第5グループ以下

「プレミアム エコノミー」は、「エコノミー」と比べると、肩回り・膝周りに+αの余裕があるのが嬉しい。
が、あくまでもプレミアムな「エコノミー」であり、準「ビジネス」クラスとは言えない。

 

第二章 サンティアゴ市内(2019/6/30)
③騎馬警官
サンティアゴ旧市街の「アルマス広場」(Plaza de Armas)にて。
ヨーロッパ風の街並みによく似合う。

④市場の風景
チリ ペソ($)建ての値段 × 0.6
≒ 円貨換算額

日本は、遠いながらも、大量の水産物の輸出先で、日本・チリは互いに友好国である。
チリでは、三菱・スズキの乗用車をしばしば見かける。

⑤食事は一人前が三人前?
チリ到着日のランチ。
この魚料理だが、一人前が、日本ならば三人前に相当する分量である。

 

第三章 日食観測地へ移動

⑥パン アメリカン ハイウェイ(Pan-American Highway)
チリ国道5号線(Chile Highway/Ruta 5)が、南北アメリカ大陸を縦断する「パン アメリカン ハイウェイ」の一部となっている。
前述の通り、北へバスで、サンティアゴから宿泊地(6/30から3泊)のコキンボまで、延々と約6時間。更に、日食観測地のカチユヨ(Cachiyuyo)まで約2時間の旅程だ。

⑦チリ式ヒーターの思い出(?)

ホテルの暖房だがヒーター1台(画像中央)で、貸別荘タイプの平屋・2LDK全体をカバーする。ガスを出して、マッチで点火する。ヒーターの後ろのスペースにガスボンベがある。暖房としては完全に能力不足。夜間、外は氷点近い。ブルブル震えて寝た。ちなみに、バスの車内やレストランも、暖房はとても弱く感じた。

 

第四章 素晴らしき皆既日食(2019/7/2)

⑧日食観測当日
皆既日食当日。早朝6時にホテルを出発し、カチユヨへ。

観測地は、ハイウェイ沿い、レストランの奥のホテルを取り壊した跡の平地。一方で、羊、山羊、鶏、馬、等が多数飼育されている。これらの一部はレストランの食材である。
天候は快晴、観測には最高のコンディションだ。

⑨皆既日食まで残り約5分!

【撮影データ】
⑨~⑪共通
コンパクト デジカメで撮影
f/6.3
1/250秒
ISO-1600

⑩のみ、日食観測用のフィルターを使用

皆既日食へ!(16:39)
ダイヤモンドリングが美しい!

⑪クライマックス!!
皆既の時間は僅か1分半。あっという間だ。

⑫皆既日食の空
空を見上げると、皆既日食を発生させる「月の本影」の端が良く解る。

 

第五章 エピローグ

⑬ポケモンで国際交流
チリでは、中南米限定の「ヘラクロス」(Heracross)が出現する。野生のものがしょっちゅう出てくるわけではないので、「近くにいるポケモン」の機能を積極的に活用するか、現地のポケモン トレーナーと「交換」でゲットしよう。
交換の際、こちらからは日本限定の「カモネギ」(Farfetch’d)を渡すと大変喜ばれる。

他の地域限定ポケモンだが、「イルミーゼ」(Illumise)・「ペラップ」(Chatot)も獲れた。

 

本ツアーの主催者・参加者の皆様には大変お世話になりました。この場にて、改めて御礼申し上げます。

それでは、またお会いしましょう♪

Total Eclipse in Chile

Japanese version

Hi, this is Fe@NJ, who has passed Second Grade of Timetable Test in Japan.

We participated in a tour of “Chile, a trip with a total eclipse observation” (seven days and three nights) (June 29 to July 5, 2019). I was really impressed by the wonderful celestial show that will be a lifetime memory!

<<Chapter One>> Prologue / Boarded Premium Economy

The flight time to Chile in South America (Chile) is approximately 12 hours (Boeing 777 aircraft) from Tokyo – Narita (Japan) to Dallas (US), and, in Addition, approximately 8 hours from Dallas to Santiago (Chile) (Boeing 787 aircraft). Furthermore, about 6 hours are required by northbound bus from Santiago to Coquimbo where we stay. Thus, considering not only the long, one and a half day, trip on one way basis but also overcoming both time and climate difference (in winter, Chile!), it is my understanding that physical fitness and condition are extremely important next to life and passport.

From the above-mentioned view, we selected the Premium Economy class for the first time in the entire flight this time.
Let me show the difference from the Economy (in the case of Boeing 787).
Note that the premium of the airfare was around 300,000 yen per person.

①Premium Economy

Abreast:2-3-2
Seat width:18.5in (47cm)
Seat pitch:38in (97cm)
Priority boarding:Group 4

②Economy

Abreast:3-3-3
Seat width:18.1in (46cm)
Seat pitch:31n (79m)
Priority boarding:Group 5 and under

Premium Economy’s wider shoulder and knee rooms are welcome compared to Economy’s. However, it is not the semi Business class, since it is the premium Ecónomy class.

 

<<Chapter Two>> The City Center of Santiago (June 30, 2019)

③Equestrian police officers
It looks good with European-style cityscapes on Plaza de Armas, in the old town of Santiago.

④Market landscape
1 USD ≒ 680 CLP (Chilean Pesos)

Although Japan is far away, it is the export destination for a large amount of marine products, and Japan and Chile are mutually friendly countries.
In Chile, we often find Mitsubishi and Suzuki passenger cars.

⑤One dish for three?
It is the lunch on the day of arrival in Chile.
This fish dish, but one serving is equivalent to three servings in Japan.

 

<<Chapter Three>> Move to the Eclipse Observation Site

⑥Pan-American Highway
Chile National Route / Ruta 5 is a part of the “Pan
-American Highway” which runs across the Americas.
As mentioned, it takes about 6 hours from Santiago to Coquimbo of accommodation, three nights from June 30, by northbound bus. Furthermore, it is another 2-hour drive to Cachiyuyo of the eclipse observation site.

⑦The memories of Chilean heater (?)
It is noted that one heater (center of the image) covers the entire flat villa with two bedrooms. Turn the gas plug and rub the match to ignite. There is a gas cylinder in the space behind the heater. At night, as it was near freezing, as well as insufficient heating capacity. I slept with shaking.

Incidentally, the heating in the bus and the restaurants felt very weak.

 

<<Chapter Four>> Brilliant Total Eclipse (July 2, 2019)

⑧The X Day
On the X day, we left the hotel at 6 o’clock in the early morning and headed for Cachiyuyo.

The observation site is along the highway, a flat ground of the ruined hotel in the back of the restaurant. On the other hand, sheep, goats, chickens, horses, etc. are reared in large numbers. Some of these are the ingredients of the restaurant.
The weather is fine, the best condition for the observation.

⑨Five Minutes to the Total Eclipse!

【Shooting Data by Compact Digital Camera】
⑨~⑪: f/6.3, 1/250 sec., ISO-1600
⑩: Equipped with a filter for eclipse observation

⑩Entering the total Eclipse! (16:39)
The beautiful “Diamond Ring”

⑪Climax!!
The duration of the total eclipse is instantaneously only one and a half minutes.

⑫The sky during the eclipse
Looking up at the sky, you can find the end of the moon’s umbra (shadow) that causes a total eclipse.

 

<<Chapter Five>> Epilogue

⑬Let’s international exchange with Pokémon
In Chile, it should be noted that you can catch Heracross’s, limited within Central and South America. Wild species do not always come out, so actively use the function of “nearby” or get it by “exchange” with local Pokémon trainers. At the time of the exchange, you will be greatly pleased if you pass Farfetch’d (Kamonegi in Japanese), which is limited to Japan. Other regional limited Pokémon’s, but also Illumise’s and Chatot’s were caught.

 

Now, special thanks again for the organizers and participants of this tour.

Regards and see you next time♪♪

From Tokyo to Hakone by rail plus Spa and Pokémon

Japanese Version

Hi, this is
Fe@NJ, who has passed Second Grade of Timetable Test in Japan.
We delighted taking the observation deck seat in the front of Romancecar“, Odakyu‘s limited express train from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-yumoto Station, the gateway of Hakone Town, which has various volcanic topographies and is located approximately 50 miles west in Tokyo.  Then, we changed to Hakone Tozan Train.  There are not only the steepest hills, at 80 (per mill) among adhesion railways in Japan but also the switchbacks.  Finally, we vacationed in Miyanoshita, prospered from the old days, in luxury with spa and Pokémon.

#1

①At Odakyu’s Shinjuku Station:  Crews on upper deck while passengers on main deck.

 

#2

②The excellent view from the observation deck seat of “Romancecar

#3

③Romancecar Box Lunch on sale:  The box can be reused.
At Hakone-yumoto Station, changing to Hakone Tozan Train, featured the steep hills at 80‰, and also switchbacks in the shape of a letter Z.

 

 

 

#4

④A switchback: A train comes from the right back way to the front, changes its direction and goes up the left slope.

#5

⑤A train bound for Gora enters Miyanoshiata Station.

#6

⑥A view of spa resort near Miyanoshita Station along ex-Route 1:  A classic Fujiya Hotel since 1878 ahead

#7

➆Whereas the hotel which we stayed is in left in a post office, now therefore?

#8

⑧We enjoyed the free access to Pokéstop at post office.  It is noted that most of post offices in Japan are accompanied with Pokéstops or gyms.  During vacation, we are usually worried about the shortage of Monsterballs, Berries and so on, notwithstanding, there is no problem.

Thank you and have a nice trip in Japan!


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