In Japan, the Kizuna Enei Oudan Project 2015 is underway.
The Kizuna Enei Oudan Project includes 3 channel swims. The first is Niigata on the Japanese mainland to Sado Island across the Sado Channel, the second is between Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Channel, and the third is a one-way crossing of the English Channel.
The team includes Tetsuya Matsukawa (松川徹也), Kohei Kawamoto (河本耕平), Koichi Sato (佐藤康ー), Yoshio Seto (佐藤義雄), Rei Ishiyama (石山黎), Yuta Kaiba (買場悠太), Eriko Shiraishi (白石えり子), Senri Fujizuka (藤塚千里), Takeshi Saito (斉藤たけし), Kazushi Sekiguchi (関口和史), Isuke Tatsuyoshida (辰喜太輔) and Chieri Fujizuka (藤塚千英美) [pictured below].
While the 33.7 km English Channel and 19.5 km Tsugaru Channel are well-known, the Sado Channel is a tough 40 km crossing on the western seaboard of Japan. Sado Island is a remote island where Japanese political exiles were sent for nearly 1,000 years beginning in the 8th century.
The island was the place of the harshest exile throughout a millennium where many anti-government intellectuals were banished and never returned. Similar to the locations of many other prison island swims around the world, the remote island prison has now been transformed itself into a tourist destination and channel swimming goal.
Team Kizuna completed a two-way 80 km crossing of the Sado Channel between July 21st and 22nd 2012, a one-way crossing of the Sado Channel on August 3rd 2013, and a one-way crossing of the Tsugaru Channel on August 23rd 2013. They plan to attempt the last stage by crossing the English Channel sometime between July 10th and 15th 2015.
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