What’s with the “hama’s”?

“Hama hama hama hama, hama chameleon, you come and go… you come and go”. Eh, it should be Karma right? Well if the karma’s right, you’d be in Shirahama.

“Hama” as translated from Japanese “浜” means “beach”. So when we went to Shirahama, you guessed it, we were by the coast and near many beaches which becomes really crowded during the warm and balmy Japanese summer.

And this is also where we drove in Japan for the first time.

Contrary to what some might say back then or even now, but driving in Japan is easier than imagined. It is on the same side of the road as Singapore – checked. Fellow motorists are considerate and actually give way – checked. The road signage do come in English too – checked.

The open road frees you up to see more, do more and feel more of the places you drive to (eh does this rhyme with some pharma company’s tagline?).

Read more about our journey here.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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