Japan Sea coast
In the middle of Kanto plain, to the north of Tokyo, it's the place where
I was born and raised. That's why I always longed for Pacific Ocean reflecting
in the summer sunshine. I visited almost every cape, bay or city on the
Pacific Ocean coast of Japan's main island in my youth.
Meanwhile, my image for Japan Sea coast was quite sober compare to the
colorful image of bikinis and sun tan oil on Pacific beach. Black-tailed
gulls are squeaking over the swell. A heart-broken woman is gazing the
stormy sea through the train window. Who made up the lonely image on Japan
However at some point in my history, the coast line of Japan Sea turned
into the favorite. Maybe after I got my car. I noticed that all the negative
image on the Japan Sea had been just stereotype.
Then the turn over by Japan Sea coast began. Eventually I visited from
the Cape of Tappi on the North east end to the dunes of Tottori in the
Most of the things which you can see on Pacific coast are also on Japan
Sea coast. Sandy beaches, blue ocean, fishing ports, modern cities, antique
cites, dunes, and so on. There were no mega industrial complex like Pacific
coast. So you can drive on real seaside road and may feel the ocean so
close. Once my car was hit by splash of high wave. At Oga peninsula, Akita
prefecture, it was in typhoon approaching September. Meanwhile the things
you can experienced only on Japan Sea coast, it's a setting sun into the
Summer has come. I come to Japan Sea coast beach in Nigata this year too.
After swim, I drive on sea side. The sea is all calm to the sun set horizon.
Is the sea in August such mild? From time to time, I go through a small
town. The houses have black roof tiles and wood board walls. I like the
solid feel of the group of traditional woody houses. How many times I
stopped my car to be attracted by the scene.
When I was kid, I used to live in the old woody house like this. Although it's much smaller than this.
Old woody houses in Ukraine are also impressive to me. The wall board pattern
was quite different from the Japanese. I think each style roots in each
cultural climate. So this style, the combination the wide boards and vertical
beams must be Japanese style. Watching well maintained houses, I thought
there still be craftsmen to care about here in Nigata .
"Konnichi-wa(Hello)" An old lady on the bike passes by.
"Drive safely! We are looking forward to see you in next summer too"
B&B's hosts bow the guest in the car with Tokyo licence plate.
"OK, Let's go!" Grandpa, mom and daughter take a dog for a walk.
Sea gulls are squeaking over the beach and cicadas are singing in the woods.
Japanese summer scene.
So how's winter scene here? One day in November, snow clouds covers the
town and change the all scene to monotone? I want to see the first day
of winter. After all, my taste change to the grown-up. I noticed.
" Japan Sea and a wooden house" Nigata, Japan 2015