I decided to celebrate the national holiday known as “Marine Day” (or “Ocean Day”) in Japan by going cruising through Yokohama Bay and seeing its famous bridge illuminated by an elaborate fireworks display! Marine Day occurs the third Monday in July and was created to appreciate the bodies of water that make Japan an island nation. Kind of like Earth Day in the US but with water. My friend Satoko lent me her yukata (summer kimono) so I could celebrate in true Japanese fashion!
After drinking some beer and eating brunch at a delicious pastry shop, we boarded a mini cruise ship named “Rose”. It had and upper and lower deck with a pretty decent view of the bay. First we chatted and watched the beautiful ripples of the water on the lower deck as the boat took off. The cruise included a free drink ticket so naturally we ordered some cocktails and chatted with some of the people that were around. I think I was only one of three foreigners onboard but I definitely got a lot of Japanese practice in!
When the sky dark up we wandered to the upper deck where our friend James was DJing. The music mostly included EDM and trance with a couple of J-pop songs mixed in. I was familiar with almost all of them which I took great comfort in. Soon fireworks illuminated the sky and we all looked up at them in admiration. Right before they started, a slightly intoxicated yelled “IT’S THE 4TH OF JULY” into the mic and in a way, he was kind of right. This reminded me a lot of the 4th of July back home. The fireworks were beautiful and it was great to see them from onboard the cruise because they reflected gorgeously against the water. This was my first time cruising and it was very fun and unique!
Afterwards we took pictures by the lit up Ferris Wheel and Satoko and I stayed at Club WOMB in Shibuya all night see see James’s encore performance. For my first Marine Day, this was extremely epic. I am excited to