On one of my first ever weekends here on the JET Program, a number of us went to a summer festival at the beach in Tsuda. I hadn’t been out that way since, so at the suggestion that we take an afternoon out there I was excited to bring my three years full circle.
The view out over the calm water. I’ll miss seeing mountains and islands out in the ocean.
We stocked up on some vittles at the store and then went on over there at about noon. The place isn’t but 40 minutes from the center of town, but it sits well away from where I usually drive. The shore area is made beautiful by the old pine trees that have been growing here for ages. This area is a national park and is also considered one of Japan’s top 100 views. Don’t expect to be blown away or anything, but the trees growing right up to the sand looks pretty cool.
Some of the pines
We set up camp on the rather coarse sand, but were spared a bit of the discomfort thanks to Thomas’ tarp and canopy. The beach really was pretty rough on our feet, which made me yearn all the more for the fine sands of my native Michigan shores. We as men were able to endure through it and enjoyed some spin disk and throw ball.
Obviously being at the beach meant that we had to swim, and though we didn’t have any have any waves to ride and churn us, we were instead drawn the the beautiful calm of the water. On two occasions I went way out past what my mother would be comfortable with – around 500 meters off shore- where I just floated and chatted with John. There is always a slight thrill when in a dangerous situation and in this case it was the volume of water below us and just how helpless we’d be if there were a problem. Relying on my own [proven] ability to swim, I defied the depths for 30 minutes or so before returned to shore with a robust sense of satisfaction. One of the highlights from our time out there was a storm that appeared out of the blue. The mountain visible above was erased and then a stiff rain began to fall on us. There was no wind to add any waves and danger, so we just spent enjoyed the unique opportunity to float far offshore in this kind of weather.
We lazed about on the beach, and before long we were all hot and sweaty again. The whole group made a mass exodus to the water where we tried hurling each other into the air before a few of us set out on another long swim. We didn’t go out quite as far this time, on account of Ryan encountering some jellyfish sting. I floated out there for a bit before heading in and assisting with packing everything up. We drove home shortly thereafter, stopping at a McDonald’s for some sustenance. T’was a great day indeed.