News Jbl Extends Japan Expedition



JBL extends Japan expedition
14th November 2018

By Sandra Pearce

Due to popular demand, JBL is expanding its program for the JBL Expedition.

A spokesman said: “On arriving in Tokyo, there’ll be a city tour and then we’ll head on to Nikko, where we will visit some cultural sights and go snorkelling in a clear mountain stream. In the Niigata Prefecture, the team will visit the region's famous koi breeders, with whom JBL has good connections. The koi breeders will be on hand to answer the team’s questions and we are also planning to carry out water tests in the tanks of the pricey koi.

“After a ride on the high-speed train Shinkansen back to Tokyo, the whole team will fly to the Ryukyu Island Ishigaki, leading us 2,000km to the south, which is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. We have marine water tests and behavioral observations at a cleaning station for manta rays on the program for the snorkelers and divers alike. Our stay here has been extended to three days.

“While 16 participants go diving and snorkeling, the other half of the 32-person team will be on the neighboring island, Iriomote. A crystal clear river that leads from the mangroves deep into the jungle will serve as the focus of our research as we document the transition from seawater to brackish water and finally to freshwater.

“Here, too, our stay will be extended for three days to allow us to search for rare animals such as the palm thief and to have more time to observe mudskippers, puffer fish, moonyfish and a large number of lizards, snakes and spiders in the pristine rainforest. After three days the teams will swap islands.”

The expedition now runs from October 17-30, 2019, and costs about €4,500. There are only four places left, and applications close on November 15, 2018.

Many photos and details of the JBL Japan Expedition 2019 can be found here: