‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Dicaprio. 2021.06.03
That first day at the beach was not the best as we had spent the majority of the time walking about in the sun and the swimming area that we had used at the end of the day was not ideal. To improve matters for the outing that was being planned for the next day, my mates decided that a car could be rented so we could drive to more coastal areas. There we expected to see beaches that were advertised on posters and glorified on Airbnb hosts’ websites. My young and energetic non-peers were hoping to enjoy some sea adventure sports as well since surfing the day before had been a bust. We awoke early the next day, filled with excitement and the hope that that the romantic vision we had concocted of an island paradise would be fulfilled. Orix Car Rental was about five minutes walk and with minimal Japanese, my mate completed the rental process. Our hour’s long drive to the location was mostly pleasant and comfortable. I say mostly because I was the driver and one thing you must know is that driving in Japan is tricky. First of all, the language barrier is an obvious hiccup and then the layout of the roads is complicated. We were not disappointed when we pulled into the parking lot of the beach. It was like something out of that movie, The Beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio. If you have never seen that movie but like beautiful snippets of nature, I recommend you watch it. The first order of business was to see if water sport equipment rentals were available. Unfortunately, there was still a typhoon warning so nothing was available to the public. My friends glumly looked out at the sportsmen and women who were using their personal kites and boards to enjoy the amazing sun and sea. Within half an hour of arriving at the spot, we were in the sea. My friends were impressed by my ‘ability’ to open my eyes underwater for a long period of time. They claimed that the sting of the salt was too much to bear and wore goggles to protect their eyes. I had never thought of it as anything special. Since we were children we had been going to the beach and one of the most enjoyable things was to explore underwater with naked eyes. We swam for a couple of hours and then decided it was time to dry off and have a lunch break. Where would we be able to find food, we wondered. Let the hunt begin!
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