Isonoura beach is not too far from Wakayama city, where I lived during my first year in Japan. We would often take off for the beach, either by train or later on by motor scooter, to hang out.
It's a popular spot for surfers, and some of the English teachers we worked with had made friends with some young surfers. In fact, don't tell Mike, but my first kiss in Japan was with one of these young surfers. I can't remember much about him, including his name (Akita? Maybe?), but it's the guy in the dark gray sweater in the photo below. (As you might guess, it was terribly memorable!) Surfing in Japan is really tame in comparison to Hawaii or the West Coast of the United States, but these surfer boys took it very seriously!
|Dinner with the surfers (when my sister was visiting Japan)|
A Personal Note: Please be sure to collect any trash that belongs to you to help keep Japan’s beaches clean. Coming from Oregon, where beaches are heavily protected and kept in a very natural state, I am always shocked at the amount of trash people leave behind on the sand, and I hope everyone will avoid this sort of behavior.According to this photo on Isonoura Beach's Facebook page, now they have planted palm trees in the middle of the beach, so they look completely unnatural and spoil the wide sandy beaches...strange!
|With Debbie and another Wakayama teacher, Margaret|
|Picnic on the beach|
|Cath flicking something on the beach|
Catch up with my other A to Z posts here. Tomorrow, lots of India spots starting with "J"!