KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A Japanese man is about to embark on a 10,000 mile journey from Kennewick to Tokyo.
His mode of transportation is rather unique, he's traveling by kayak.
Kayaker Ryota Yamada is taking on what will be a grueling challenge traveling through rough, rocky and sometimes freezing waters through Alaska and Russia.
He says the point is to trace a history that links both Kennewick and Japan together through the migration of Kennewick Man.
"We sometimes forget in our community of the Tri-Cities, that we are known in other places throughout the world," adds Kennewick Mayor Steve Young."
Yamada, a nano technology expert says the remains of Kennewick man may be related to the pre-historic Jomon people of japan.
"I want to follow the pass over of the Jomon and Ino people," explains Yamada.
The man plans to leave later this week. He will update progress of his journey on his blog and web site www.ryotayamada.com.