Ushimado, a picturesque harbor town known as the Aegean of Japan, was once used as a stopover port by Korean envoys. Around 10-minutes away by boat is the “practically deserted” Kuroshima island.
Ocean liners don’t usually stop here, but I visited the island to attend the Ushimado Natural Camp, a camping party held every autumn.
Ushimado Camp Festival’s biggest selling point is that it’s located on an almost deserted island floating in the calm Seto Inland Sea.
I take a charter boat arranged in cooperation with the local fishermen’s association, and after around 10 minutes of rocking along on the waves, I glimpse a world beyond everyday life.
I reached the venue in the evening, set up my tent and went to take a peek at the stage. This fire performance was just beginning…
After the performance, the evening’s festivities included performances by various bands and DJs.
Besides music, there are a wide variety of other activities to do, as well.
The following morning starts with yoga – The morning sun and the sound of the waves feel so good.
It’s a waste to just stand and watch; active participation is the knack to enjoying this party.
I recommend trying the standing paddle board.
As the Seto Inland Sea waves are extremely calm, even beginners have no trouble. I even took my child together with me as I tried it out – It felt great.
I also encounter a happening-like performance.
On “angel road”, which appears at low tide and connects islands together, there is a collaboration performance between tap dance and a violin as well as the sea, island and the sky.
You might think that camping on a deserted island is tough, but the island has shops where you can buy drinks and food, and you’ll be alright even without bringing any special outdoor goods or cooking gear. Just having a tent will ensure a comfortable stay. There are no rules stating that you have to behave in a certain way or see some particular performance. The best way to enjoy the Ushimado Natural Camp is to enjoy the camping, the music, the food, and the workshops, etc. to the fullest in the way you like in the best possible location.
It’s great not only for those who love going to summer festivals, but also for those who want to try a different way of traveling in the Seto Inland Sea area. How about it?
The Ushimado Natural Camp is held every year in September.
Ushimado Natural Camp Homepage http://natural-camp.jp/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Asami Asai / Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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