April 29, 2016
Ah, Oshima Island. Such fond memories of things that went so wrong, and went so right.
This was our first trip since moving to Japan outside of metropolitan Tokyo, and though Oshima is still a part of Tokyo, it’s an island many hours away. And, with it being our first trip, we had many things planned. We had an itinerary. Here for an hour. Drive to this place. Here for two hours. Drive to that place. Charge batteries at this location. BAM! We were on it.
But our plans went totally out the window. And when they went out the window, they must have left it open, because bees came through and made themselves comfortable. But that was just a metaphor, because the bee infestation wasn’t because of an open window. There were tons of bees in the room, and the window was closed when we got in, which means that they must have a nest somewhere inside that room, and there wasn’t any way in blue hell we were going to stay there and wake up in the middle of the night like Wicker Man. So we left.
And that’s when we found Suguru. SUGURUUUU! He saved the trip. SUGURRRRUUUU!! He runs Island Star House, which is just an amazing, amazing guest house. It’s huge and spacious, has friendly outdoor kitties, and is run by Suguru, who is a cool artsy guy that designs coasters, among other things. He’s super friendly and very talkative, which was really great for us, because the heavens opened up and poured torrential rain down on the island. We couldn’t really do much else but hang out and talk. The rain was bad. SO BAD! It rained throughout the night, and the thunder was so bad that it literally woke us up yelling. We thought the volcano erupted.
And so the rain washed away most of our itinerary. But we got to hang out and talk with Suguru for a long time, and that made the trip so much more pleasant. We tried explaining to him what a hipster is, which surprisingly isn’t a concept in Japan. Nobody we spoke with understands it, or was able to offer an equivalent term. Maybe we’re not talking to cool enough people. But Suguru’s cool, and admitted he was a hipster, though he called it Hip-Star. Yes, Suguru. You are a Hip Star :D
So is your friend, Tomos, who you suggested we go check out when the rain cleared up. Tomos was just as fun, but with tons of energy and infinite passion for Taiyaki. We didn’t get to stay at his guest house, but we did get a look at it, and holy smokes is it gorgeous! But we can only talk about Tomos’ food, which we ate a lot of and absolutely loved. God: I could imagine staying at that place and waking up to the smell of Taiyaki. AHHHH!
That night we stayed up way too late hanging out with Tomos and Suguru, and talked about life on Oshima Island and how it differs from central Tokyo, how laid back it is in Oshima. Then we talked about survival guides and self sustaining and earthships. We drank a bit too much. We slept well that night.
Altogether, we loved it in Oshima. The hotel we went to sucked, but we’re going to remember Oshima more for the people we met. Suguru. Tomos. Fujico. Daisuke. The awesome guy with the huge garden and tons of bunnies and mad drumming skills. We had a blast. I hope we could share that fun with you in this video.
And I hope you go to Oshima if you have the chance. We didn’t even get to do a tenth of what Oshima has to offer. We just ate and hung out with people: story of our lives! But if you want to go, you can find out more about Oshima here. And if you’d like to see other stuff we did, like eat REALLY BAD FISH, you can check out the blooper and extra scenes below!