New Drivers License & Utsunomiya's Miya Matsuri - Summer Vacation 2013 - 2013年夏休み!Pt. 1

Hey guys! Long time no type it seems. I've been very busy with my summer vacation. I'm privileged enough to work at a school that offers five weeks of paid vacation for summer. It gives me a great opportunity to travel, explore, and just have fun.

The summer started off on a high note. After trying all of last summer, and parts of last winter and spring, I was finally able to get my Japanese drivers license. Now, it may not seem like it would be all that difficult, and I'm not a bad driver by any means. However, in Tochigi prefecture it seems to be a bit more difficult for foreigners to convert their foreign drivers licenses over. The average number of times for Americans to take the driving test (written test is super easy) is around 4-7 times. I got mine on lucky number 7. It was such a great feeling to finally get it after so many attempts. Now, no more biking in the rain to work when I finally buy my car. Until then I actually bought a small scooter from a friend who left Japan. It doesn't move very fast, but it is certainly convenient to travel around on.

The comes the beach!
Beach in Kashiwazaki, Niigata

I went to Niigata prefecture, in Kashiwazaki to be exact, to the Japan Sea side of the country. Here, the radiation levels are probably the lowest in terms of going to the beach. At the complete opposite end from the Fukushima accident site.

Beach in Kashiwazaki, Niigata

I found the lack of crowd & general atmosphere of the beach here to be calming and new. It was certainly a fresh perspective on the beach. I loved it.

Beach in Kashiwazaki, Niigata

On August 3rd, Utsunomiya had its annual Miya Matsuri Summer Festival. I took the camera to town and got some nice footage of the festival activities.


I always love summer festivals and this one was another great one.

There's still a lot more to the summer I haven't even touched on yet. Mom came to visit for two weeks. That in itself will be another post. So until next time, I hope everyone is enjoying their last days of summer!

Shea
New Drivers License & Utsunomiya's Miya Matsuri - Summer Vacation 2013 - 2013年夏休み!Pt. 1 New Drivers License & Utsunomiya's Miya Matsuri - Summer Vacation 2013 - 2013年夏休み!Pt. 1 Reviewed by Shea Roberts on 12:15 PM Rating: 5
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