Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Hawaii of Japan

I’ve never been to Hawaii but this is kind of what I imagine it would be like. Dense vegetation, warm water, sandy beaches.

Except this isn’t Hawaii. This is Japan. This is where I live. I discovered this beach on the weekend. It’s an hour and 15-minute train ride up, down and through the mountains from my town. The beach was almost deserted except for a few hip, young Japanese surfers.

I was surprised to see so few people here. This place is about as close to paradise as it gets. But I suppose the southern part of Shikoku Island is pretty remote and hard to get to from the big cities. Which is fine by me. Ohki Beach is one of the biggest perks of rural living so far.

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