When you think about August, it reminds you of the sea. When you think about September, its all about the mountains. At least, that’s what was stated on the camp’s event page on Facebook. Being someone who never really liked nature, I was a little hesitant about clicking the ‘going’ button, but since my days in Japan are numbered I thought “why not?” and this is how I ended up in a campsite miles away from Tokyo last weekend with 60 of the awesomest people who lives (or used to live) in my sharehouse.
In typical Japanese fashion, it is of utmost importance to start the day off with alcohol. It doesn’t matter even if it’s 1pm in the afternoon or that you might get carsick in the bus on the way to the campsite. Alcohol is where it’s at guys.
Made a brief stop at Umi Hotaru (literally sea firefly), a parking lot and rest stop area located right smack in the middle of the ocean linking Kawasaki with Kisarazu in the Chiba Prefecture. The last time I was there was during the Chiba Monitor Tour back in 2015 so it was nice to be back.
Our campsite for the night! Nestled in the woods, Nakadaki Art Village is a quaint and idyllic camping spot situated 100km away from Tokyo in the Chiba prefecture. It has a few log cabins on-site as well so for those of you who don’t think you can ever sleep in a tent (like me), it’s perfect.
After we arrived, it was a flurry of activity as everyone prepared for the barbeque and campfire that was taking place later on that night. Meanwhile… I was staring blankly at Stella and Oizumi trying to build the tents because… I have no survival skills sorry (no photos included).
Me with my staple alcohol in a can, Strong Zero. I lost count of how many I drank that night. Three? Four?? I also woke up with an extra can hidden in my handbag…. Help I’m turning into an alcoholic.
Dancing outdoors is wayyyy more fun than dancing in a club. Not only do you get to breathe in the fresh air (goodbye stinky BO), you also have way more space to yourself.
After the barbecue dinner/club event, it was time to gather upon the campfire and dance! I think this was one of my highlights for the night… if you ignore the fact that my eyes kept watering from the smoke emitting from the fire.
The main event; watching a movie under the stars. Unfortunately by then most of us were either too drunk to pay attention or too sleepy so… yeah. I did have an enjoyable heart-to-heart talk with a bunch of the other members though. What did we talk about again? I can’t remember anymore LOL.
And the next day it was time to pack up and head back to our bustling lives in Tokyo. Next year I want to try glamping (glamorous camping)! Till next time folks. xx
(Photos by Nobuhiro Toya and Ryuuji Emura)