《Whisper of the Seashore : Shiosai

The length of the coastline in Japan is about 36,000km, which is the sixth longest coastline in the world. From north to south, from cold to temperate to subtropical, the landscape of the coastline changes from season to season.
When I got off the boat at the small harbor, there was a small waiting area with a tropical orange tiled roof. The window is open and the waiting area is open. When I walked through it for a while, the paved road was cut off and immediately turned into a ridged road. Large grass that grows high grows on both sides. After walking along the road for about 15 minutes, I saw a white sand beach under my eyes. When I got off, there was a star sand all over. It shines white in the sunlight. And the calm sea is forever blue, and the scenery of the sea like the sky and the sky like the sea continues beyond the horizon. At night, you should be able to see the Southern Cross just above that horizon ...
It is the beginning of a journey around the beach scenery and the starry sky all over Japan. Come on. Let's go on a trip!

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The Setting Sun and The Rising Moon

Jungle Beach

Iriomote Island, Okinawa Prefecture

Most of Iriomote Island is covered with jungle. Only the area along the coastline has roads and is inhabited. The road is also separated by the sea and the jungle without going around the island. At one end of such a road, there is a beautiful sandy beach. Even if it faces the open sea, the coral reefs extend offshore, so on peaceful days there will be no big waves. There is nothing up to the horizon over the sea, but looking back, a high cliff covered with jungle is approaching.

Star Sand Beach

Hatoma Island, Okinawa Prefecture

There are many star sand beaches, but Hatoma Island is actually the best star sand beach. Most of the island is made of star sand. When you get off the beach, there is star sand. Star sand is not the sand formed after the weathered rocks, but the shell of foraminifera. When observed closely with a microscope, it is said to have been given this name because it has small spines protruding and resembles the rays of the stars and the sun.

The Beach on an Isolated Island

Hegurajima Island, Ishikawa Prefecture

When I look at the map, there are islands in unexpected places. This island may be one of those islands. A small island off the coast of Noto Peninsula in the Sea of ​​Japan. Ferriy comes and goes once a day. However, there is the Sea of ​​Japan. If the wind blows and the sea gets rough, the ferry will be canceled. You need luck to cross this island. There are no shops on the island, only one vending machine on the wharf. Still, it is a magnificent manned island with people settling down. When you come to the rocky area on the edge of the island, one small shrine stands facing the sea.

The Seaside of Tidal Flats

Bungotakada City, Oita Prefecture

The atmosphere of the seaside of tidal flats changes completely due to the ebb and flow of the tide. Here is a tidal flat famous for the spectacular view of the sun set, this is the Madama Coast. Just the timing of the gap from low tide to high tide. Seawater is entering in order from the lowest part of the wavy sandy beach. However, if you make it too long, you may be surrounded by the sea.

Ancient Beach

Koshiki Island, Kagoshima Prefecture

It seems that dinosaurs lived around here when it was still part of the continent. After a long period of crustal movement, the Cretaceous strata have risen and formed cliffs everywhere. A fossil that seems to be a large dinosaur has been found in the stratum. Koshiki Island, which consists of three manned islands, has different terrains for each island, and the impression of the scenery seen is completely different. In addition, humans have lived here for a long time, and the remains of the Jomon and Yayoi periods have been discovered.

Southern Cross

The Seaside of The Northern Land

Urahoro Town, Hokkaido Prefecture

The Otobe Coast in Urahoro Town has a long beach on the right and left toward the Pacific Ocean. Behind it is a raised stratum that looks like a wall, and it feels like it's sandwiched between the sounds of the waves. The front is just south, and you can see the perfect starry sky at night. The appearance of Scorpio moving southward just above the horizon is a starry sky unique to Hokkaido, it means that you are in a high latitude land.

The Beach Surrounded by the Rocks

Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture

In this area, you can see the stratum designated as a rare natural monument called "Jagan". It seems that the name comes from the fact that the dark brown andesite layer looks like a snake lying between the strata. In the autumn night sky, Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Pegasus tell the story of the mythical world.

The Beach at the End of the Island's Road

Hatoma Island, Okinawa Prefecture

This road goes around a small island. Of course, it is not paved, and it is a ridge road with high grass on both sides. There are side streets to get to the beach here and there, and you can see a horizon at the end of the road. A wave hits an offshore coral reef and white waves can be seen in the distance. Since it is heading due north, the star that can be seen beyond this road would be the Polaris.

Winter Beach on the Southern Island

Kurima Island, Okinawa Prefecture

On a sunny starry night without the moon, looking up at the night sky, Orion is rising to the sky. Canis Major is also quite high. You can see the whole constellation of stars that imitate a dog. And when you lower your viewpoint toward the horizon, there is another bright star. Canopus, the first-class star in Carina. In Japan, it is quite difficult to see this star because it is located at declination -52 degrees. Even when the star is in the south, it is barely above the horizon, so you can only see it in a very open place. Even if it can be seen, it looks dark red due to the influence of the atmosphere. However, in the southern islands, you can see the true brilliance of this star.

The Beach Where You Can See the Southern Cross

Iriomote Island, Okinawa Prefecture

The Southern Cross is the hardest to see in Japan. The name is famous, everyone knows, but when asked "Have you ever seen it?", few people can say "Yes". The Southern Cross is located near -60 degrees declination further south of Canopus. You cannot see the whole picture of the Southern Cross unless you go south to the Sakishima Islands, the southernmost islands of Okinawa. Even so, the bottom star appears a little above the horizon at the timing of the south. It is the smallest constellation in the sky that appears just above the southern horizon of the spring night sky for only three hours.