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Published: June 28th 2006
The last adventurous weekend I had was to the San-In Tottori Beach Party in Tottori (the prefecture above Hiroshima Prefecture). This beach party has been going on for 6 years and always manages to draw a large crowd of both foreigners and Japanese. This year there were approximately 200 people who came to party!
The adventure began on Friday evening right after work when Casey, Nikki, Jenn and I climbed into Nikki's TINY car for the 4 hour drive north. Although our intentions were to arrive before dark so that we would have some light while setting up our borrowed tents, we somehow turned the 4 hour drive into 6+ hours! Although I could have sworn we were following the right roads (according to the map), the highway somehow took us on these silly little "trails" that basically seemed to go through fields... and in circles at times! Needless to say we had a few laughs!
Upon arrival to the beach party we found that we literally would be camping ON the beach, along with 50 or so other tents. So, after cracking our first drink, we began the task of setting up mystery tents that
we had never even seen before.... in the pitch dark! (Although we were pretty proud of our construction skills, we awoke the next morning and realized that the fly had been put on backwards, and somehow we hadn't even noticed that we had basically climbed under a wall in order to enter the tent the night before.) The rest of our Friday evening consisted of numerous drinks, dancing, and campfires. A great start to a fun weekend!
Saturday morning, after an hour or so of nursing hangovers, the ladies and I climbed back into Nikki's little car and headed out to the "famous" (everything in Japan seems to be famous!) Tottori sand dunes. If you are ever in the Tottori area of Japan, these sand dunes are definitely worth the trek to. Maybe it was due to the fact that I went to them with no expectations, but I was actually quite impressed with their size! The unfortunate thing is, so is everyone else, and this has turned the dunes into a commercialized tourist destination, complete with camel rides and gift shops. After a rather quick trek across the bigger dunes to the Japan Sea we decided it
was time to return to the party for some well-deserved naps!
Saturday night was much like the night before with drinking, dancing, and campfires. My highlite of the night just might have been the perfectly toasted marshmellows which were cooked and distributed by Jane... they were delicious!
Although we would have liked to stay Sunday and get in some more beach hours, we knew we had a long drive ahead of us (although this time we taking a different highway!) and so packed up and headed out well before lunch.
All in all it was a pretty good weekend! No rain, oishii drinks, and great conversations! Nothing beats getting a group of friends together for a weekend on the beach!
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