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Monday, July 21, 2008

Umi no Hi


Today is the public holiday "Umi-no-hi" (Marine Day or Ocean Day), which came in to being in 1996.

With temperatures usually high at this time of year, many people may spend this holiday weekend on the coast.


The last time I was at the beach in Utsumi on the Chita Peninsula, south of Nagoya, I saw someone nearly drown. His friends were desperately trying to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until an ambulance finally arrived.


There are no coastguards patrolling Japan's beaches or if there are I have never seen any. The Pacific Ocean coast, in particular, can have a strong tide and can be dangerous, if you are swept out of your depth.

Do not drink and swim and do not let yourself get tired in the water.

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