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ISSUE 07
VOLUME XVI
JULY

  SMOOTH WHITE SANDS AND MORE!   PHOTOS OF THE MONTH
  MONTHLY ARCHIVES   EVENTS CALENDAR
EVENTS CALENDAR    
   

 

Atami Kaijo Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display)
August 5th, 8th, 18th, 21st and 26th
Atami, Shizuoka

FIA Obon Holidays
August 11-20
Enjoy Your Vacation!

Pikachu Outbreak 2017 (Pokemon Go Event)
August 9-15th
Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Mishima Summer Festival
August 15th-17th
Mishima City, Shizuoka

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SMOOTH WHITE SANDS AND MORE! by marc c.
   

Thanks to everyone who came to Shirahama for the beach party. We had a really great time; definitely not one we'll forget soon!

Friday night, three of us camped ocean-side in a secluded area. We cooked burgers and sausages over the fire while keeping cool with some chilled beverages.

Saturday, the sun woke us up from our tents just before 4:30am. I swam in crystal clear water, gazing eastwards as the first sliver of the sun peaked out over the ocean horizon. One could say it was magical.

Soon after, we packed up the tents and drove 20 minutes to the beach. The planned 8am kanpai was, in reality, a 6:20am kanpai. The day was spent surfing, swimming and sleeping on the beach. We brought our own 2 surfboards and rented 2 more, so that everybody could try surfing on each kind of board.

In the evening, 8 of us checked into an old character home completely filled with mysterious artifacts - just 10 minutes walk from the beach. It was dead quiet up in the beach jungle, though. Just us and the cicadas.

After some baths, we all walked back down to the beach for fireworks, festival food stands, music, dancing and more. This year, the feature fireworks were "underwater fireworks." You'd
have to be there to see them. They were literally ground shaking.

Some of us watched the sunrise the next morning from the quiet house, while others slept. One group headed to Shimoda town for a day of sea-kayaking and cliff jumping. The other headed to a slightly more remote surfing beach for yet another day of beach activities. We played with crabs, went to an international cafe, at scallops and drank ice cold beer.

Coming back home was the biggest challenge. Hands on the steering wheel, still imagining the balance of the surfboard. The shade of the car blocking the last rays of the day. Carefully watching the road instead of people watching. Listening to the hum of tires instead of ocean waves.

I guess I have to go back next weekend.


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH

Rainy season Flowers!
by dave d.

Torii on Mt. Fuji
during sunset.
by ryan s.

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