Friday, October 22, 2010

Journey to big waters (aka: the beach)

My host dad works part time as a kayak tour person (at least that’s what I think he said) but he’s pretty famous for what he does. He’s in a lot of kayaking/camping magazines and stuff like that. He doesn’t work a lot during the fall/winter seasons though, it’s mostly during the summer (he actually spends the WHOLE summer at the beach kayaking sometimes). Since me and Vicky had been dropping a lot of hints (well maybe we weren’t all that subtle…), he decided to take us with him on one of his excursions J We woke up early one morning and basically started driving. When my Otosan (host dad) was younger, he used to live in Okinawa so he has a lot of Okinawan CDs (which we listened to the whole drive up). Some songs are really catchy, some are funny, and some have ear bleeding qualities about them. Like in one song these ladies with really really (realllyyyyy) high nasally voices keep repeating “Iya…SASASASASASA” and just when you think it’s finally over, again, “Iya…SASASASASASA”. My favorite song is the one about goats though. Yes, goats. Supposedly Okinawa is known for its many goats (?) so there’s a song where this shady guy says “Okinawa dokodemo hija ‘MEMMEMEM’’. It literally means “Okinawa anywhere goats ‘MEMEMEMEM’” The “mem” part is the guy trying to sound like a goat. And then there’s a crazy guy in the back screaming “Memmemme!” in a high pitched raspy voice. The first time I heard it, honestly I was frightened. But now that I have gotten used to it I enjoy listening/singing along. I do quite a good “MEMMEMMEM” if I do say so myself.

The beach itself was really pretty. It felt like we were on a tropical island :O While Otosan was working, me and Vicky walked around the neighborhood. We found a little island with a lot of houses, an abandoned haunted looking building, this crazy Egyptian guy, and a temple. Japan surprises you sometimes like that. On the island with a lot of houses Vicky had to go to the bathroom so we went looking for one. However, all we found was a bunch of narrow streets and alleyways. When we got to the Ojisan (old man) we asked him where a public bathroom was and he chuckled and said there wasn’t any on the island, just houses. But he kindly let Vicky use his bathroom J When he opened the front door to his house his wife looked at us like “What the heck are these foreigners doing in my house?” but then she warmed up to us xD When Vicky was finished we went looking some more around the neighborhood and found this cat lady. But all her cats were sneezing for some reason…Then we found this guy dressed in all black and he started whispering something to us. We decided something wasn’t right on this island and before the townspeople could offer us as sacrifices at the temple we decided to go back to the mainland. Where we preceded to make a sand castle J

Overall it was a pretty fun day, and all the scenery was like out of a Hayao Miyazaki movie. That’s something I’ve noticed about Japan though. I used to think that the scenes in Manga and Anime were just imagination, but it’s really just the real Japan. Aside from the fantasy manga, the scenery and different places in Japan aren’t glamorized or made into something else; for the most part they’re copied down exactly how they are.

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