Travel Japan #8: An Early Afternoon at Okinawa’s Beaches in Winter

15.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

Okinawa’s ocean was transparent. It was early afternoon at a small beach in the middle of town.

It was outside swimming hours, but I couldn’t help but step in. It was like a scene from heaven.

The white sand glistened in the ray of the sun. I wonder what kind of happiness I would find myself in if I were to live in a place like this.

The boundary between the sea and sky was unclear. It felt like if I were to keep walking I would arrive at the clouds.

This beach exists among the ordinary lives of the people of Okinawa.

 

I wake up in the early morning and take a stroll across the sand, visiting each place. When evening comes I will see the sun set on this beach before returning home.

I believe that just having the ocean by you in your everyday life you can live a very  luxurious one.

I’m not even bothered about getting my pants wet. I feel like a child seeing the sea for the very first time.

The sea is calm and quiet. The waves washing ashore, too, are gentle. I feel released from anything and everything.

I lay out my vinyl sheet onto the sand and sit before the water, listening to the sounds of the waves.

I have with me the necessities for when conversing with the sun. Today’s sunrays are light but one mustn’t forget their sunscreen.

If I close my eyes I can see myself in the middle of the ocean and can walk across it.

 

If I dive into the transparent waters it’s an emerald green. The view of the outside world from the bottom of the sea looks magical. If I grab ahold of the fish I’m sure to see an unknown world.

70% of the earth’s surface is made up of water. The sea, which has given rise to infinite lives, has taught me the breadth of the world―too vast to comprehend―how small I am and how grand nature is.

I enjoy my alone time on the beach. I wash down my potato chips with sparkling water which bubbles in my mouth like the sea waves.

This pure sea, with no murkiness, elucidates my feelings. I head back to land and walk the beach once more.

My throbbing heart, which cannot be captured in a photo, is left in the footprints on the sand.

 

 

Model / Mala Morgan

 

 

All the beach necessities you need are right there

After arriving at the beach I first went shopping. I go to AEON Chatan, a 5-minute walk from Chatan Sunset Beach. You can get your hands on just about everything: from a hat and sunscreen to food and drinks. It’s convenient because it means there’s no need to pack lots of things before your trip.

 

AEON Chatan

Address: 8-3 Mihama, Chatan-cho, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture

Business Hours: Food 7:00-Midnight / Cosmetics & Daily Necessities 10:00-Midnight

*Select stores have different opening hours.

TEL: 098-982-7575

 

TOPVALU Free From UV Cream  ¥980 (Before Tax) / ¥1,058.40 (Tax Included) – 30g

TOPVALU’s UV Cream protects your skin from ultraviolet rays and dryness. Even when it’s out of season Okinawa’s sunrays are like that of summer, so it’s important to look after yourself during your trip. This slightly hard cream feels soft and dissolves on your skin. It’s those moments of caring for your skin I like.

 

TOPVALU Green Eye Free From – Salted Fried Potato Chips  ¥78 (Before Tax) / ¥84.24 ― 55g
TOPVALU Best Price Lemon Sparkling Water ¥68 (Before Tax) / ¥73.44 (Tax Included)– 500ml

Sparkling water, potato chips and a break on the beach. The chips are seasoned simply with salt to bring out the flavour of the potatoes. They have a satisfying crunch.

 

When eating potato chips there’s no better complement than sparkling water. This water has strong carbonation. The refreshing taste of the lemon and fizzy bubbles made it feel like summer again.

 

*Tax-inclusive prices are displayed up to the second decimal point.
*In the case that multiple items are purchased, the fraction below the decimal point will also be added to calculate the consumption tax.

 

We are handing out coupons for the products mentioned here. Be sure to use them the next time you visit ÆON for great discounts.

 

5% Coupon:https://www.welcome-aeon.com/coupon/web_coupon.html

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