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December 31, 2008

Bye bye 2008

It is almost 5pm and the sun is setting on 2008 in Japan in spectacular fashion. The sky is orange-red, providing a vivid contrast with the dark outline of the mountains across the bay.

I thought about going out to get a picture for the blog, but I have about one million Zushi Beach sunset shots and one more probably won't matter. More importantly, it is really cold and I spent most of the day outside, so I think I have earned some quality indoor relaxation.

I went surfing this morning...that was really great. When I got to Shichirigahama, I did not know whether I would go in or not. Despite there being few rideable waves, it was super crowded. I am really not very good at surfing, and I need as few distractions as possible - trying to keep myself out of the way of more experienced surfers takes up all my time it seems.

But the surf shop owner said he would drop the rate from 5,000 yen to 2,000 today...and at that price I could go sit in the water for two hours and it would be money well spent, so I did. Even better, the waves picked up a bit and I actually could get a few rides in. Hopefully, I am getting better...

Anyway, I told you it was cold and while I was comfortable in the water, when I got out I was absolutely freezing, which made the walk back to the surf shop seem to take forever. Brrrr!

I also went running for the last time in 2008: five kilometres on the beach. It was really crowded, actually. Not with joggers! But sane people wearing jackets, hats and mittens. Some of them were taking pictures of the sunset. Clever...

I am off to Tokyo later...fortunately the trains run all night, so I can come back when I want after midnight. No difficult decisions on whether that next drink is worth trading a night at home for the dubious pleasure of a capsule hotel.

Posted by Kirk on December 31, 2008 03:35 PM