Every few years, Rainbow Drive-In, the iconic local restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue, participates in a Hawaii festival in Chigasaki around this time of the year.
Since I had planned to be in Japan this month — and since I surf with the owner — I decided to tag along and check out what this little surf town on Segami Bay was all about.
Located in central, Kanagawa Prefecture, Chigasaki is known as the Hawaii of Japan. It’s thought to be the first place where people surfed in Japan.
The more than 234,000 people who live here seem to have adopted the Hawaii lifestyle, with Hawaii-inspired boutiques, surf shops and restaurants all around the city. There are even halau located here.
With more than a week already in Japan, it was nice to see Aloha shirts and Spam musubis.
Here’s what my first day in Chigasaki looked like:
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