Winter’s clouds evoke powerful images we don’t usually associate with beaches. Charcoal skies over a slate gray ocean. Sand windswept freely, without footprints to mat it down. Solo figures slowly wandering the shore. In the same place we moan about overcrowding in August, we now feel alone and connected with the sea, skies and sand. Chiba’s Makuhari Beach, part of the Makuhari Seaside Park, transforms to its desolate winter state, but it is still very much alive. Will you be there to feel it?
I am an avid backpacker, writer, marathon runner, hiker, eater of spicy foods, watcher of B-movies, and user of the Harvard comma. I'm originally from Buffalo, New York, and arrived in Japan in 2008.