Tokyobling's Blog

Enoshima Sunset

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on February 27, 2014

The last of the sunlight as it washes over Enoshima’s Nishihama beach. Despite the late hour the beach was crowded, no doubt to see the exceptionally visible Mount Fuji. I seem to have knack for finding lost toy dinosaurs. This mecha dinosaur must surely be the offspring of this magnificent beast? There was a young lady doing ballet near the water, and as I walked out onto the breakwater pier a couple of kids came scrambling up from the rocks. A good ending to a perfect day.

This western beach near Enoshima island is even more popular than the eastern beach I blogged about earlier. Not least because it is connected to the grand Enoshima Aquarium, a must see for most people and especially for families.

enoshima_fujisan_1443

enoshima_fujisan_1489

enoshima_sunset_1235

enoshima_sunset_1242

enoshima_sunset_1391

enoshima_sunset_1525

enoshima_sunset_1531

enoshima_sunset_1539

enoshima_sunset_1547

enoshima_sunset_1550

enoshima_sunset_1566

enoshima_sunset_1598

Enoshima – Higashihama Sunset

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on February 22, 2014

Some of the best beaches around Tokyo are to be found near Enoshima to the south west of Tokyo. Considering that they are within an hour on the train from the biggest city in the world they are remarkably clean. There are two beaches near the island, the Nishihama and the Higashihama. In the 1964 the beach was used a venue for the yachting and visiting the beach became very popular. These days about a million people a year visit the beach.

I wasn’t the only one enjoying the spectacular sunset by taking a few photos, even one of the surfers had his camera out!

enoshima_higashihama_beach_sunset_0960

enoshima_nishihama_0965

enoshima_nishihama_1073

enoshima_nishihama_1088

enoshima_nishihama_1173

enoshima_nishihama_1187

enoshima_nishihama_1190

enoshima_nishihama_web_1144

Busena Marine Park – Okinawa

Posted in Animals, Nature, Opinion, Places by tokyobling on December 19, 2013

About near the north-middle of Okinawa, on the main island’s western coast lies the Busena Cape (Busenamisaki) stretching out into the ocean and sheltering a large coral reef in its shallow bay. I visited there in 2011 and took these photos of the 760m long white beach. These days the cape has a resort park, with the obligatory resort hotels and tourist attractions. Many of these are left over from the 2000 G8 Summit meeting. I wonder if any of the visiting world leaders got to see any of the natural beauty of this little piece of paradise? Tellingly, the only of the eight leaders who attended who is still in the same position is Russia’s Putin. Also tellingly, the most interesting part of the summit was the hockey game between a Canadian and a local Okinawan team. Ice Hockey in Okinawa? Who would have imagined it. If you are ever lucky enough to get handed a 2000 yen note, that was issued first in 2000, you can see the commemorative back side featuring Shuri castle from Okinawa.

One of the main tourist attractions of the cape is the glass bottom boat tours. Having never seen a coral reef before it was interesting, but for people who are braver than me I guess that the real action is underneath the surface, diving and snorkeling. Like in all the oceans of the world, the coral reefs of Okinawa is most likely heading towards extinction. There are volunteer and government programs to restore the reefs but without tackling the larger problem of ocean acidification it is unlikely that we will be able to show our grandchildren any corals apart from the ones grown in aquariums. Okinawa also regularly suffer from overpopulation of starfish that feed on corals and there are local volunteer diving teams that spend weeks every year removing starfish or even killing them to save the coral. As always in these problems, without addressing the causes the symptoms are unlikely to go away.

Still, to uneducated visitors like me, this part of Okinawa looks like a little piece of paradise. You can find the homepage of the Busena Marinepark here.

Oh, and this is the 1800th post online (not including deleted posts). Time flies!

okinawa_beach_5162

okinawa_ocean_5144

okinawa_ocean_5149

okinawa_ocean_5150

okinawa_ocean_5173

okinawa_ocean_5180

okinawa_ocean_5192

okinawa_ocean_5194

okinawa_ocean_5215

okinawa_ocean_5231

okinawa_ocean_5241

Yuigahama Beach Sunset – Kamakura

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on December 7, 2013

A couple of weeks ago when I visited Kamakura I took these photos of the Yuigahama beach at sunset, after a short rainstorm. The clouds were clearing up and the moon was there, one of my favorite times in one of my favorite places. There were still a few surfers out in the ocean, they must be a hardy bunch!

Yuigahama beach faces south, so it is tricky to photograph during the day. I have so far made many visits to beaches facing south, east and west but I have never spent any longer amount of time on a beach facing north! That is one of the things on my to do list in life. The north coast of Japan is still a big blank for me.

In the autumn or early winter the worst of the summer storms have passed, few people visit the beach and it is cleaner than during spring or summer. I still found one unopened package of Onikoroshi, a supermarket brand of Japanese sake. I am almost addicted to beach combing and whenever I visit this beach I bring a small garbage bag to collect garbage, plastic, pieces of glass and anything that does not belong to the beach. I wish everyone was as manic as me, the beach would be spotless in no time! One short stroll along the beach usually results in a well filled garbage bag that I put in the trash cans near the stairs leading down to the beach. The only thing I never collect is forgotten children’s toys. I always have a secret wish that the child who forgot it will come back and find it again. I wonder if that ever happens in real life?

yuigahama_beach_6185

yuigahama_beach_6149

yuigahama_beach_6135

yuigahama_beach_6129

yuigahama_beach_6142

yuigahama_flotsam_6189

yuigahama_beach_6199

yuigahama_moon_6203

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,532 other followers

%d bloggers like this: