Beach Swim Dates (Summer ’19)

Minamiboso City© [The below information is an excerpt of and translated from an Iitokodori website article here.] [The information was last updated on July 29, 2019.] Conditions for beach swimming areas in Minamiboso City: ((Iwai region beach swim areas))      [Dates open]     Sat. July 20 - Mon. Aug., 19Iwai number 1 (岩井第一)Swimming: OK   Temp: 27℃ Water... Continue Reading →

Le Risa

A new restaurant whose dishes are so delicious they should be in grandma's recipe book. It has a local coffee-shop vibe with a wide selection of coffee drinks, smoothies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, mouth-watering dishes, and some of the most delicious desserts I've ever had. The chef's tomato basil pasta was (from an American perspective)... Continue Reading →

POSTPONED: Upcoming Fireworks!

*UPDATE: Tateyama Fireworks have been postponed to Friday, Aug. 10 due to the typhoon. [Info below left unchanged.] Clear your schedule for two grand firework displays in the next week. The first is this Sunday, Aug. 5 at Iwai beach and next is in Tateyama on Wed., Aug. 8. There are usually food stands around... Continue Reading →

Spotted these beautiful magenta hydrangeas on my way to work this morning! Can't wait for the Hydrangea Festival on Sunday!

Join a Giant Tug-of-War!

Show your warrior strength during the enormous tug-of-war event at this year's annual Ama Festival in July! 400 people pull a thick rope 150 meters long and weighing 1 ton! The tug-of-war is a tribute to a picture scroll of military commander Yoritomo Minamoto, who ruled between 1193-1199. Anyone is welcome to participate, including individuals,... Continue Reading →

Become an Ama Diver for a Night!

Volunteers needed for this year's annual Ama Festival in July! The city is seeking volunteers to become ama (female divers) and join in the traditional festival. The festival's main event is a night swim by nearly 100 ama divers carrying torches! While diving for shellfish used to be a common profession in the area, the... Continue Reading →

Diamond Fuji, May 6-8

Your chance to view the spectacular Diamond Fuji is here! Diamond Fuji is when the sun aligns with Mt. Fuji's summit and appears to glitter like a diamond. This phenomenon happens twice a year (in May and August) and can be viewed on different days depending on where you see it. Minamiboso is a famous... Continue Reading →

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