[海・九十九里]

11 08 2008

we finally went to the beach!!!! not that we went very far, though, just to chiba (neighbouring prefecture). the area is called 九十九里 (kujukuri) and the beach we stayed in is the closest to 大網 (ooami town).

it took us about 3 hours to get there – counting JR from akihabara to chiba, from chiba to ooami  and a bus to the beach. also we had to wait for jee young and tracy that had taken the chuuo line in shinjuku instead…

the beach was surprisingly clean and EMPTY! some people had told us that chiba’s beaches were not worth the trip, that they were packed with people and filthy as kamakura. while the sea was not exactly *blue* – it was dark green, in fact – the water was ok. the ocean and tides are strong in japan, so most beaches are good for surfing mainly. if all you can do is jump and ride waves, who cares if the water is green? it’s not like you could swim peacefully from side to side – you’d soon drown if you tried… but it was great FUN!! I love it when the sea gets wild! william and I tried to play a little game: see who could stay longer floating face-up, eyes closed, waiting for the waves to strike. to prevent the other one from cheating we held hands. the problem is the tide made our bodies rotate until we hit our heads… that was the end of it.

something that really surprised me – and I should be posting this in my [things I find curious about japan] section – is that nearly all girls wore rubber-rings (just like kids do when they’re learning to swim) and their boyfriends pulled them from a string attached to the rubber-thingy!! WTF!!! could it be that women don’t learn how to swim in this country? – note: ISLAND-country. or are they so lame as to be afraid of the waves? 意味わからね。。。もうガマンできね。バカみたい、ね?these things just irritate me.

apart from that, the day was perfect – we ate there and then went looking for shells (got a plastic bag full of them in my closet now). the only drawback… we all got sun-burnt! even me, who never, EVER in my life had got sun-burnt… ありえね。。。ヤバイよ、これ痛いな!

I leave you the photos, as always :)

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