July 19, 2010

Cool Off


Today is Umi-no-hi (海の日) in Japan, which is translated to Ocean Day or Marine Day. It became a national holiday in 1996 as a day to be thankful of the blessings the ocean gives us, as we are a country surrounded by it, and hope for the prosperity of our country.

So to celebrate this holiday...okay, more like to cool off from this unbelievably hot weather, my friend and I spent the day at the local pool. I took both of the photos right after the pool inspection they do every hour so it may not seem like it, but Seibu-en Pool was pretty crowded. I guess everyone had the same idea.

They have two big pools, the tidal wave (above) and the lazy river (below).

14 comments:

B SQUARED said...

It's hot everywhere this summer.

Lois said...

Looks like a wonderful place to relax and cool off!

arabesque said...

ah! nothing but pristine, cool, blue waters. ^0^
that sure is a good place to unwind.

mia said...

Oh wow what a nice place to be!!! I wanna swim and have one of those drinks that come with nice little umbrellas :)

Louis la Vache said...

This water looks very inviting!

VP said...

I'd like to be there, no end in sight to our heat wave... bu we still have the sea.
Wonderful pictures full of colorand life!

JM said...

The yellow and red on that guy add so much to the top shot! Very cool!

Tall Gary said...

It looks like paradise (when it isn’t too crowded). I noticed that you had your eye on that lifeguard. I understand they sometimes take on certain part-time side jobs. Maybe you could ask him about it.

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

A refreshing post! Good choice =)

ρομπερτ said...

At nearly twenty past four in the morning, surely an alluring sight. Please have you all a great Tuesday.

Al said...

That looks like a lovely place to relax. An hourly pool inspection sounds very orderly!

T. Becque said...

What a fabulous idea for a holiday! I could really get into being thankful for the ocean at this pool or a beach!

Gunn said...

Well it is NOT hot here, so to me this looks fantastic.

Kaori said...

Well, it seems summer is officially here! The temperature just keeps on going up...I'm ready to go a second round already ;D

Tall Gary, actually he was the one who stepped into my photo, haha!

Al, I thought so, too.

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