Day 9/35 – Friday July 11th – 09:00
Goodbye typhoon. It passed through in the early hours, and we now have a perfect blue sky!
Day 9/35 – Friday July 11th
Today’s field trip was to Gamagori, a city on the shore of nearby Mikawa Bay.
We began with some kanji review on the train, and then when we arrived in Gamagori headed to an island called Takeshima. It was low tide, you could have walked across to the island if that was your preference. We didn’t as we have to observe things called insurance and duty of care. With a perfect cool sea breeze though, it was a nice walk across the bridge. The shrine is called Yaotomi. The legend is that you should never go there with your spouse/significant other as the deity (a female deity in case you are wondering) becomes jealous and causes the relationship to fail. There were very few people there today, either because it was a weekday or because of the typhoon. Maybe both. The only people ahead of us were a couple. Presumably from out of town and unfamiliar with the legend. Let’s wish them luck.
Gamagori is fairly close to Okazaki. The typhoon appeared to have scared off almost all of the tourists, so it wasn’t crowded, and later in the afternoon we had the beach entirely to ourselves.
The shrine itself is interesting as are the views. The ports of Mikawa Bay, together with those of neighboring Ise Bay, handle just over 50% of Japan’s seaborne merchandise trade.
Motor vehicles are the largest export (by value), and they are also one of the largest manufactured imports. Almost every Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche etc that you see in Japan arrived via Aichi. As today was immediately after a typhoon, the skies were fairly clear. We had good views of the Atsumi Peninsula and windfarms to our south.
The original plan was to take a boat out to Oshima, an island with a nice little beach, but due to the business decisions made yesterday with the typhoon in mind, this wasn’t possible. Instead we headed by bus to nearby Laguna, a bayside resort with good restaurants, a large marina, and a lovely beach. Nice sandy bottom with no pebbles or large waves. It was fun watching fish jumping while hawks soared overhead. We saw some flying fish as well. They are really fascinating.
The beach and the water temperature was perfect. Some extra color was added to the day by some visitors (from Yale University and the Tokyo Institute of Training). Unfortunately the rest of the extra color was added by sunburn.
The students will spend the weekend with their host families (we don’t allow SPHSS students to participate in the weekend field trips except in special circumstances). In particular, spending the weekend with the host family always helps with listening comprehension skills. Classes will resume on Monday morning. The students already have homework of course, though next week we will start piling on a lot more homework. Why not?