Enoshima, on a clear day.
I spent last Saturday in Enoshima.
I’ve been there many times, but it had been at least 6-7 years since I had actually made the journey to the backside of the island where it directly faces the wide open pacific. Not a whole lot had changed, save for the much improved pedestrian path up above the sea scoured shelf that fronts the ocean, as well as a few more extra banisters full of locks up at lovers point.
It had not been my idea to spend the day there, but a couple of friends of mine (Ian and Liis) were going to be there and had asked if I was interested in coming. As a typhoon had just recently ripped past Kanagawa, I knew the weather was going to be good. But I was not at all prepared for just how clear it was going to be.
Not only could you get a great view of Mt Fuji, but all the coastline between Enoshima and the rolling hills near Odawara were clear and sharp in the relatively dry air. All the way from Enoshima to Odawara you could see the beach give way to green, city beyond that, and more green hills even further on.
It was also nice to be able to follow Liis as she took us on a round about (long-cut) that bypassed the majority of the crowds and also afforded me to explore a (new-for-me) shrine.
We spent a good hour or so enjoying the view from the back side of the island, remarking on the stupendous number of dragonflies buzzing about. (I’ve never seen so many in one place in my entire life) It was an excellent day, spent with excellent friends.
We capped off the day by spending a few hours in one of the varied beach bars strung out along Enoshima beach. Our entertainment being cold beer, cheap food, girls in skimpy bikinis, and the obligatory passed out young Japanese guy being harassed by his “friends”.
Not a bad day at all. Definitely one to remember.
My gear for the day:
- Leica M9
- Carl Zeiss 35mm f2 ZM
- Cosina Voigtlander 12mm f5.6 UWH
- Leica Summitar 50mm f2