Now that Japan is in the middle of another scorching hot, sweat-soaked summer, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to live in a different climate. Although there are many beaches to go to, and the sea is relatively close (if you have a car), it’s still difficult to find a spot to relax where you won’t be swarmed with hundreds of people with the same idea.
Lately I’ve been musing about buying a boat. Nothing spectacular; just a small rubber dinghy that can be bought for around $150 US on the Internet. The sea surrounding Japan is wide and vast, and free of crowds and noise. It’s like the perfect getaway for anyone who has had enough of the blistering summer heat.
Actually, there are quite a few people living in boats around the world. Some of them leave their boats stationed at the same dock forever. Others take their boats out on a whim and don’t return until they feel compelled to. There are small boats and large boats, sparsely decorated boats and boats that mimic the trappings of a normal house. Most boats that are used as alternative housing even have modern plumbing and heating!
It would be great to take a boat on an adventure in Japan, going from river to river, or lake to lake. The scenery would look completely different from a boat; it would be like looking in instead of looking out. Imagine the freedom and peace and quiet you could enjoy on a boat. No traffic, no construction, no noise. Just the sounds of the waves crashing against the hull of your boat as you sail off in some random direction.
Maybe a yacht is a bit of a stretch for my budget, but that small rubber dinghy is starting to look real good around now. What with the temperature feeling like 46°C with the current humidity.