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March 07, 2006
Kawazu (Part 4) Which Pacific is it?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

I know this is called the Far East.

But if I look at a map - this looks like the Western-most Pacific if that's what I'm looking at.

Just a matter of perspective. This beautiful little place is right on this edge of the Pacific Ocean - whatever direction you call it.


And there are islands - really atolls, I guess, galore out there.


In some ways it feels to me like La Jolla - but I have this pervasive sense of looking East. The light is somehow different.


As if there is a path in the sky. It's like this: You can't take pictures of the Pacific Ocean in the US (I'm talking the mainland, you know) in the afternoon with the sun behind you.


I could stand and wait all day for the big wave sets to come in. Like I've done in La Jolla so many times before.


But I think I'll take a hike up the coast - it's always North when you go up isn't it?


I hike for a while and look back - this is the bay that frames the little town of Kawazu.


Ahead, I can see a path that leads to the right of this tunnel. Perhaps I can make some elevation there. It would be nice to go up.


There are a few blossoms along the trail but there's not much of a climb.


I do find a point that I can squeeze between the fence to get onto - and as I reach the end I can see another glorious bay beyond and the next little town to the North.


There are ropes along the point to climb down to the sea. But I'm pretty sure that if I went down there I wouldn't be able to make it back up - it's much steeper than it looks here.


Well, there's nothing to keep an intrepid photographer from leaning way out on the point, opening the lens wide open and catching this awesome scene. Well, nothing you want to know about anyway. I promise I was safe.


I got the long lens out too, and as I, er, dangled, I saw a seagull flock bounding on the waves. It was a fairly heavy sea and they floated up and down several feet with each passing wave.


From this vantage point, the colors of the sea were especially attractive as the sea foamed from blue to aqua.


It was dazzling.


Yes, there is more beach - and the mountain beside juts out of the sea like a fjord.

There was indeed a trail which led to a stair that ascended the mountain - where there is apparently a temple. But the trail was blocked by construction work - and workers - who, not unkindly, screamed at me as I ignored the signs, crossing their arms over their chests in an 'X', saying 'Ta-me', 'Ta-me' (forbidden) over and over again. I was later to learn why.

Having been foiled for the climb, I thought I'd make my way back to the river and go upstream to see what awaited there.

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The water color is great! I can almost hear the waves breaking over all those rocks...

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