I haven't updated in a week or so because I've been on holidays (and my laptop broke - it wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that I stood on it, does it????). For the record, I lurvve holidays - even when there is a typhoon approaching. If you haven't heard yet typhoon number 16 (also called Typhoon Chaba on CNN - who is responsible for naming them I ask you???) is wreaking havoc in southern Japan, and blowing sand in my face in Shimoda.
We were supposed to get on a ferry to camp in the island paradise, Shikinejima, but the scary typhoon-savaged seas convinced us to stay on dry land. So Darin, myself, Martine, Claire and Jess head off to Shimoda - the favourite beach getaway for foreigners in Tokyo. It is about a 3 to 4 hours by train from Tokyo and it is located on the tip of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka.
Here is a picture of the group walking along Kisami Ohama beach - absolutely perfect....um except for the fact that we weren't allowed to swim due to strong currents and big waves. This was torture as the water temperature was perfect for swimming. Damn.
I wish I had more photos but for some reason our camera battery ran out after about 16 shots. Damn. Got in a little knitting, but the company was just too entertaining to bother with knitting, and the food too delicious. One of the things that I miss about home is a good breakfast with friends on the weekend. Luckily Kisami is filled with cafes that cater to foreigners like myself and for two mornings in a row we stuffed our faces with bacon, hot coffee, scrambled eggs and hot toast sitting outside on wooden decks. Heaven.