August 12, 2016
It’s our first time going to the beaches in Japan. And, for my first impression, this might have been the wrong time to go. Wrong time for me, that is. It might be perfect for you. We went on Tuesday, when everyone was still at work, but University students were off, so we saw nothing but really young and attractive and superfit people. Like, genuine bodybuilding dudes in thongs, and I think that within any field of vision the collective body fat of all people was under 50% tops. Just six packs and abs everywhere. None of them probably ate any Kakigori over the past 3 years. Heck with that! We’re old and married, and have grown softer over the years. But this random supermodel day was supposedly just fluke timing. Next week is Obon, and lots of people have time off, so that’s when you’re going to see softer bodied parents with crying children.
We went to Kamakura, which is a straight subway ride from Shibuya station. After getting to Kamakura station, we took an old-timey subway (the train was so old and cute!) to Yuigahama, and from there we only had to walk for a few minutes before we got to the beach. We could have gone to the beaches of Zushi, but we were told that Kamakura had more huts, so we went there instead. The whole ride there from Kichijoji took an hour and a half, and – I gotta be honest – is a lot better of an experience than what I remember as a kid. Driving for a couple of hours to get to Wasaga beach, sitting through traffic, trying to find a place to park, packing lots of food that got cold by the end of the day. Doing it this way is a lot better. Taking a subway to a beach with tons of food, drinks, and toys around? Hells yeah!
We didn’t take that many pictures this time around, since we did more filming than anything, but we’ve got a few that we’d like to share. Check em out!
Oh, and hey, did you like that Eat Your Sushi towel? We’ve got some made, and if you’d like to buy some, our store is back up! We’re in the process of adding more to the store, but for now, you can get the towels while the getting is good. Pick up an Eatyoursushi towel here, and some stickers as well! Just a heads up: this will be our first time shipping out of Japan, so things might go a little more slowly than how quickly we shipped in Korea. Back then we had a whole routine and schedule for it. We’ve got to get the engine started here a bit, so we’re sorry if things go a bit slowly.
We used the Eat Your Sushi towel to cover our tattoos. The beach had a no tattoo rule. Supposedly there was a Yakuza related stabbing, and so now there’s no tattoos, music, or alcohol allowed on the beach (though you can buy alcohol at the huts, which doesn’t make sense). Well, since the mayor instilled these rules, supposedly tourism dropped by 50%, which sucks! The beaches are awesome, but the rules are not. And though there weren’t lots of tattoos, we did see a bunch of tattoos on people, so the rules weren’t strictly followed by everyone. We walked around with our towels over our shoulders most of the time, and sometimes our tattoo would peak through, and we heard the people working at the huts talk about how they liked our tattoos, so it seems like the people working at the beaches don’t care much for the rule themselves, either.
Anyhow, we had a fantastic time here, and didn’t get as burned as we thought we would! We left the day a little redder than before, but the next day we felt alright. Ah, thank you Japan for your gentle and forgiving sun. Thank you Kamakura for the lovely beach, and thank you university students for motivating us to hit the gym.
We’ve also got some bloopers from this video, so if you feel like watching a little bit more, check it out below!