Sunday, October 01, 2006
Ine is the same village where I taught earlier this week. I went back to the picturesque part of town with Jannie and Bryn. The boathouses (funaya) sit at the edge of the Sea of Japan, and basically act like boat "garages".
The water was crystal blue green and the village was so quaint... narrow winding streets of traditional wooden Japanese homes. You wouldn't believe that the ocean is the backyard to these homes! It's pretty far and out of the way, which is why it is so well-preserved. We took a little boat excursion which brought us close to some of the private houses, fed the eagles and sea gulls that were following the boat, and enjoyed the perfect autumn weather. Seriously, life is good.