Longing to be back to the land by the sea,
Where the air smelled nostalgically sweet in the cool summer breeze.
I felt lucky to go abroad, working close to the shore
While some of the staff had never left their country before.
(excerpt from my poem Memoirs of an Intern )
Taken May 20, 2007 with a Fuji E-510
This image is the cover for my Miura Coast calendar.
This rock in, known as Shiroyama (literally means “white mountain”), is located Arasaki Park (Yokosuka, Japan). Yokosuka is a city in Miura near Hayama, the town where I did my internship. Hayama is renowned for the beach and green hills, and this place was just a drive down.
Hayama literally means “leaf mountain” in Japanese, and indeed Hayama is full of green mountains. The coast of Yokosuka, as well as Hayama; along with other cities in Miura are popular for their beaches and offer a rich experience with nature. Areas like these are very different from Tokyo (which is a lot of people’s idea of Japan).
I loved it here; in this park, nature itself is a work of art. And by the sea, the air smelled nostalgically sweet…
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