The last summer session (August 22nd)

The above picture was taken just before 6 am this morning.  I was surprised that I was able to take this picture without any surfers.

(August 21st)

Like I mentioned in a previous post, days that I can see Mt. Fuji before going to beach seem to be good surfing days.  It’s a little blurry but here’s a picture of Mt. Fuji at 4:45 am today: The big question is – Would the waves be as nice as yesterday’s?

Eight is enough? (August 20th)

Recently the winds have been strong, so we decided to meet a little bit earlier than usual.  When I stepped out of the apartment, I glanced to see if I could see Mt. Fuji.  Surprisingly, I could see it. For some reason, I think it is good luck to be able to see Mt. Fuji […]

Lucky number seven – (August 19th)

Today was my seventh time to surf at Yoshida – not bad considering that I was quite busy with work during the first part of the official beach season.  (FYI, the official season is from the last weekend of June until the last weekend of August). Typhoon 11 has completely passed by Shizuoka now, so […]

Typhoon Number 11 (August 17)

It has been quite some time since a typhoon passed close enough to make some waves in the Shizuoka area.  Here’s what the wave forecast looked like for east Japan this morning: Even without knowing exactly where we live, you can see that most of eastern Japan was expecting some larger than average waves.

Return to Tatadohama (August 15th)

We decided to go to Tatadohama.  It is in the middle of the Ubon holidays, so we didn’t know what the traffic and the crowds would be like.  We left our house at around 11:30 pm and arrived at around 2:30 am.  As expected, the parking lot was almost full – we got the last […]

May 21st – the day after the typhoon passed

On a usual Wednesday, there are 5 or 6 cars parked at the beach when I arrive at around 7 am.  When I arrived at around 6:30 this morning, the narrow farmer’s road leading to Kashima was lined with cars.  Here’s what the lineup looked like. Lots of surfers – there must have been at […]

May 7th…

The wave forecast didn’t look too promising, but I decided to head to the beach anyways. It was pretty windy as well. When I arrived at the beach at around 7 am, there were only 4 surfers in the water. Not a promising sign. As they say, a day at the beach beats a day […]

Surf’s Up…kinda.

On Saturday, we made our second visit of the year to… We left at around 3 am, but decided to take the route along the ocean instead of driving through the mountains. It is an extra 20 kilometers but it certainly is an easier drive – especially in the early hours of the morning. The […]

April 12th.

Last night I was quite tired and didn’t feel too motivated to make the long drive to the beach.  Although classes don’t start until next week, I was tired after spending all day making handouts for the first week of classes.  The weather report predicted overcast weather and a 30% chance of rain and on […]