The good kind of kite this time 'round! I believe this photo is from around Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) in May of last year. Japan has a day for pretty much everyone, though how intensely they're celebrated varies wildly. There's a Girl's Day (Ohina Matsuri) on March 3rd. Families with daughters set out a … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Flying Kites II
There's an awful lot of fishing equipment at the edge of the beach. It's not really "on" the beach, but rather on a concrete landing raised above the beach. It's out of the way, but still accessible for a wee peek with curious toddlers and the like. Fairly perfect, actually. While exploring the other day, … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Anchor Away
There are fun kites—the kind you fly on a windy day, and then there are these kites—scavenging nightmares that will steal the food right out of your hands (or mouths!). And believe you me, they really don't care if they accidentally take a bit of flesh off you, too. If you eat outdoors anywhere near … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Flying Kites
Once wakame season really gets underway, it's no longer soft enough to eat fresh as shabushabu. I already posted a photo of the first dry, wakame hanging on clothes pins and blowing in the wind. After, it's laid out in rows and left to dry a bit more. To keep it from flying away in … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Wakame, Phase Three
A working beach means ropes, nets, boats and anchors—and barnacles. Lots and lots of barnacles. The inn is located across the street from one of the working areas of Yuigahama Beach. It's still open for water sports and play—and it's actually pretty good, since when summer merrymakers crowd the beach, they tend to stay over … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Barnacles
A photo of warmer times to get us through the chill of February. Yuigahama Beach is usually a fairly gentle beach, but it does get surfable waves. If you decide to give it a try, expect crowds, and the occasional local party-pooper telling you the area you're in is for locals only. Bah! Surf away!
Tattoo culture in Japan is *quite* a bit different than it is in many Western countries. And though times may be a-changin', with young'uns getting inked with seemingly increasing frequency, tattoes are still mostly considered to be a yakuza thing. Of course, that's a vast generalization—plenty of non-yakuza have them, too, particularly those whose work … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Inked
Hoppy (ホッピー), an almost non-alcoholic beer-like drink, is advertised on a red lantern at a bar just down the street from the inn. Red lanterns signify drinking establishments in Japan, giving nights in the city a warm red glow.
Wakame season began a few weeks ago, as mentioned in a previous post. But, as the season progresses, we eat less fresh wakame and more dried. First, of course, you have to dry it, though. So, our little stretch of beach finds itself covered in clothes lines full of wakame. Before hanging, the wakame is … Continue reading Photo of the day: Wakame in the Wind