As Japan works its way into summer, the beaches begin to come alive. The surfers dust off their boards and train their bodies back into shape for the upcoming typhoon swells.
As an avid ocean lover, I was itching to get back into the water and jumped at the opportunity when Chiako, a local Keio student, offered to take me. Water temperatures are delayed by about 2 - 3 months, so although it was hot outside, the water was still very cold. You definitely still need a full wetsuit to stay warm. Luckily, Chiako had everything prepared and all that was needed were positive vibes and good company.
We arrived in Kamakura around 10 am, got ready, and were in the water by 11 am. The sky was blue, the sun was strong, and the waves....were non-existent. Normally, this would have been a little disheartening, but I was so happy to be in the water and with such good people that I couldn't help but smile and enjoy the time we spent waiting for waves.
I definitely hope that Chiako comes to Hawaii someday so I can return the favor and show her how the surf is in Hawaii!
Today's Kotowaza is:
Winter will eventually become spring.
Or in this case, summer!
Endure hardships, for there will come a time when they become happiness.