It was very hot and was almost summer here in Shimoda today.
I went to Yumigahama beach near the tip of Izu peninsula, 20 minutes driving from Sakuraya, with my wife and son this afternoon.
My son was very happy and excited to play with his mother, because he doesn't have many oppotunities like this.
I've lived here in Shirahama, Shimoda since more than 20 years ago, and I see the nearest beach almost every day.
But I never get tired of seeing such a beautiful sea.
We set up Koinobori which is carp-shaped streamer today.
Families with boys in Japan fly Koinobori outside from April to ealy May in honor of Children's Day May 5th which is originally boy's fesitival.
We also set up Koinobori in honor of my son for a good future and in the hope that he will grow up healthy and strong.
The nearest beach from Pension Sakuraya is Shirahama Ohama Beach, but there is other beach called Shirahama Chuo Beach.
It takes about 25 minutes by walking from Sakuraya.
This beach is the shape of cove and they don't have big waves.
So this beach is very popular wtih the families with small children.
I'm a member of Chorus in Shimoda, and we will have a concert with a professional chorus group, "Tokyo Philhermonic Chorus" and the conductor "Kazuki Yamada" on July 12th 2015.
Mr. Yamada got the 1st prize of International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, France in 2009.
He has come to Shimoda a lot of times since 1998, and we had a lot of concerts with him until now.
He came to Shimoda yesterday again and we had a special practice for the next concert with him.
It was a great time for us and we were defenitely developed by him.
I took these pictures from the seaside road on the way to Shimoda city this afternoon.
It was very warm here in Shirahama again today.
There were some people on the beach under the sun shine…..
We had heavy shower for a little while this morning, but it became sunny after that.
I walked toward back of Shirahama shrine on the beach today.
We had had strong north wind until yesterday, but it's west wind here in Shirahama today.
This morning I saw that they started to remove the sand on the road, which was blown off by the strong north wind for the last few days.
The sand mounds were made by the strong wind on the beach as well.
The blue sky and the blue sea came back after a long time!
I was very happy to walk on the seaside road looking over the beautiful sea under the sunshine.
The weather forecast says it's getting warmer tomorrow.
This is a picture from the online live camera near Mt. Fuji this morning.
They had a little snow in Hakone and around Mt. Fuji today.
We didn't have any snow in Shimoda, but we had very cold rain and strong north wind.
Where has spring gone?