This weekend was spent camping with some friends on the other side of Tokyo bay, really on the other side of the Izu peninsula that helps form the bay. It takes a few hours to get there, but the place is really secluded (although that could be because technically there are big signs that read, in Japanese, that you aren't supposed to camp there until October 1.)
But the water was great, the friends were cool, and the weather allowed for a healthy tan. The campfire was awesome and, best of all, the water held a surprise for us.
We were camping along the beach in an area dotted with giant cliffs rising nearby from the beach shelf, and there were plenty of kelp beds and interesting fish to snorkle by. (There's even a local scuba scene!) And while it was certainly a nicely-sized inlet for a beach, in some ways the place naturally formed tide pools as the evening went on and the ocean crept up to meet us.
The surprise was discovered as the campfire died down and we noticed the crests of the incoming waves held an eerie reflection. In fact, it was not a reflection at all, but bio-luminescent microorganisms that ignited with sparkles when kicked up by the action of the water! We gathered close to watch the water wash over the rocks in the tide pools, and sure enough, the ripples glittered with flecks of bio-electricity-- a thousand tiny fireflies in the water. We trailed our fingers and created stardust. We jumped in and had speckles of light all over our bodies. We laughed and played like little children discovering something new about the world for the first time.
And it seemed to be that it was only us few who were able to enjoy this. Perhaps this only happened once a year, or maybe it never happened before. Perhaps the big sign warned everyone away and so no one could ever notice it before. But at some point, we had to come out, wistfully say goodbye, and trundle off to bed so we could finish off the weekend. It was a great way to enjoy the weekend, for sure!