Despite the fact that modern kayaking would never had been, if it wasn't for the Inuit and their genious watercraft, there are still not too many paddling communities in the world who seriously honor the Greenlandic traditions.
Japan was a very pleasant surprise for me. To my understanding, kayaking is not a great sport in Japan. Still there is a great community of people dedicated to the art of kayak building, paddle making and Greenlandic kayaking skills.
I was fortunate to be among them for a few days at a Qajaq Japan meeting arranged by the great Greenland kayak enthusiast, Eiichi Ito.
We had hoped for calm weather for practicing qajaq rolling, but unfortunately we had a strong onshore breeze that instead offered some good practice for kayak manouvering :)
I'm overwhelmed and can't think of anything to say, but "Thank you Japan!!" - or - "Arigato!!"