Friday, February 14, 2014

Everybody's Gone Surfin'

Surfin' Japan!

Through October, we'd been trying to get together with our "Viking" crew member Martin for an afternoon on lake Hinuma, but weather (mostly in the form of typhoons) had thrown a monkey wrench into the works each time.   We even had two, count 'em two, typhoons just hours apart.  Then it seemed that all was well and we scheduled the following Monday.  Well, all was well with the weather, but I didn't know that the the first storm had wrecked the launching ramp at Hinuma Yacht Harbor and as the second one was on the way there was no point in trying to repair the damage.  As a result, they closed the yacht harbor for a week following the second typhoon to fix everything.

Once again things were arranged for a Monday (the 4th of November).  This time, the weather turned sour with high winds forecast and we had to cancel. 

K and I were expecting to go sailing on Sunday the 3rd of November, and K had notified the harbor.   But checking the weather that morning it was evident that there would be practically NO wind.  Awe (Hawaiian for ouch)!  What a bummer.  Well, we've gone out in such conditions before....    but then I reflected that we hadn't taken Momo the Wonder Dog to a park in long while, so maybe rather that drift around Hinuma, we should spend the day with Momo-chan.  Good call.  Perhaps the god of K-9s was working on Momo's behalf. 

So we went to Kashimanada Seaside Park, which is about 20 minutes or so from home in K's car. We've been there before, but it had been a while since we've taken Momo to this park  - 2009 in fact! The sky was a little hazy, but otherwise the weather was perfect. We stopped at a 7-11 store (7-i in Japan) across from the park and picked up lunch (I found a nice robust salad, some no-oil dressing, and some tofu with shouyu and ginger).

The park itself is very large and well designed with a wide undulating grass field where families can play and high school bands sometimes rehearse. There is commercial area with a farmers market, a huge playroom for kids and a building for putting on events like nature talks. A large mound with a spiral ramp to the top gives an excellent view of the area.  A bricked pathway leads from there down a slope to the beach-side area of grass with animal shaped sculptures, benches, boardwalks, and another lookout. There is even a "UFO" flying saucer climbing structure (see my "Alien Encounter" post from 2006 on Pacific Islander; or Momo's own post "Beach Blanket Momo" the same year.).

Pandabonium's beach slide album on Photobucket

Lots of pine trees line the boardwalks and cover the hillsides. Some damage occurred during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, but mostly was limited to the concrete lining along the beach which has had to be reinforced here and there. Everything else is still pretty much intact thanks to the steep rise of the land.

Pandabonium's surfin album on Photobucket

Momo had a great time as did we.  There were lots of surfers out as well as other couples with dogs and/or children.   I don't know why we don't go there more often.  It is always fun.

This song came out in the summer of 1992 and was a hit in Japan.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Martin J Frid said...

Surfing Japan, 1992, LOL. Great find. Glad I was not in that video...

Pandabonium said...

Martin - revealing what a wild and crazy guy you were?

Looks like California. Maybe you ARE in the background somewhere...