Yesterday my labmate [eirI] and I rode our motorcycles over to
[nijihsiN] to meet up with [eomoT] and some friends, we were headed to
the beach at [onieM] hama. Sweated our asses in the sun getting there,
but once we got on the beach there was a nice breeze.
Its actually an artificial beach created on the landfill in front of
the [akuokuF] Tower. This beach is usually packed on weekend days, but
since its Obon this weekend (the 'festival of the dead' holidays), not
so many people.
Not too far from the Dome where the pro baseball team plays. The water
was pretty warm, although hardly no waves since we're in a bay.
The guy on the right is [eirI], my labmate. he was rocking a super
farmers tan, cause he had to work outdoors last weekend. Thats
[eomoT]'s posterior and Akiko pumping up the floatation device.
Luckily there are a few of these tents placed along the beach to let you stay out of the intense sun.
In the back you can see a little beachside hut thing, it was a small
restaurant. I walked by on my way to the showers later on, and was
surprised to be greeted by
who i haven't seen in a few months. Apparently her relative or
something works there so she was hanging out helping. (another case of
randomly bumping into people in this not-so-big city).
There we are. who is the whitest of all? (hint, same guy who is the hairiest?)
The girl 2nd to the right, making the incredibly horrible face ruined a few pictures i took of the girls.
There's a little pier w/ restaurants, shops and even a wedding chapel.
Every few hours the bell would ring (hypothetically meaning someone got
Of course a nice sunset shot or two just for Lumberjack.
And then it was time for Hanabi.
All up and down the beach there were groups of people who stayed after
sunset to set off fireworks. most of which were just sparklers and lame
stuff, a few had roman candles and other cooler ones. generally it
seems like Japanese fireworks are less into making a lot of noise and
blowing things up than American or Chinese fireworks. :-P
There were security guards who kept riding up and down the beach,
easily visible w/their flashing light vests who didn't do anything
despite fireworks being prohibited on the beach.
I got two nice night time shots of the tower. Thats the moon behind it
from the water side, and from the land side they have a design on there
right now. Its apparently the japanese version of the Milky Way.
And what were we greeted with when we left? a solid stream of
SMAP FANS! apparently there's a four night show at the Dome by super-boy-band
Smap. Actually when we went downtown later on we could still see tons
of people (almost all women) walking around w/ Smap shirts and bags.
Anyway, I gotta head out soon. I got some pictures from the clubbing we
did after that and I wanted to write up the conversation i had w/ a few
of the guys i met at the beach about video game consoles. Turns out one
of the guys who joined us later on works for Nintendo at their HQ in
kyoto. Stay Tuned.
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