Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Shiraishi Island accommodation fully booked July 30, camping & day trips still on offer


Moooo! Bar sunbeds on the beach! 1,000 yen per person and relax all day in the shade or (sun), sipping on a moogarita. Ahhhh, summer vacation!

Accommodation is all booked for Saturday, July 30 on Shiraishi Island. Camping on the beach is always free, however, and you can still come out for a day trip

The summer is heating up, come on out for a swim!


 



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Accommodation Update, Shiraishi Island #setonaikai #beaches #japan

 
 The Shiraishi Island Bon Dance to be performed Aug. 13-16

Accommodation update as of July 24:

International Villa Full:
July 27, 28 Aug. 4, 6-12, 17-19, 22-24, 27 Sept. 3-4, 18

Moooo! House Full: July 29-31, two rooms left Aug. 12-16

Make your accommodations now while there is still space available for the Obon holiday. Schedule for the Shiraishi Bon Dance:
Aug. 13-15 19:30-23:00
Aug. 16 19:00 Toronagashi (paper lanterns set out on the sea), 20:00-23:00 Shiraishi Dance on the beach

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Calm returns to Shiraishi Island #setoinlandsea #japan

The sun sets at the Moooo! Bar on the beach on Shiraishi Island

We had a great Sea Day weekend on the island and we were run off our little hooves at the Moooo! Bar. We were treated to some truly stunning sunsets too! But now things have returned to normal and we are relaxing with moogaritas in our hooves. We do hope you'll join us! Lowing softly...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Last-minute accommodation available Sea Day weekend!


When accommodation is all full on Shiraishi Island, we open up the Moooo! House for individuals and groups of up to 8 people. This is your opportunity to sleep in bovine paradise with the Moooo! Bar and the beach in your front yard, and a Japanese garden in your backyard. The Moooo! House is only 2,000 yen per person per night. While we're sure you'll love staying with us, be aware that the reason it's so cheap is because there is no WiFi, no aircon and the bathing facilities are basic, with cold water only. Afterall, us cows don't need many luxuries as long as we have our moogaritas and pina mooladas in the trough. Three rooms available (two 6-mat rooms and one 4-mat room) in this traditional Japanese-style house where you can experience what it was like to live Japanese style in the old days. It does have its charm.

Contact us if you'd like to mooove in here this weekend (July 16-18) at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com.

Have a happy Sea Day!


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

At the Moooo! Calfe this summer: Gourmet Pudding!


Exciting desserts are coming to the Moooo! Calfe this summer.

One is a special pudding from the MouMou Kitchen. Located in Kasaoka, this restaurant owns 600 cows and sells all kinds of dairy products, one of them being this pudding made from the milk of heiffers who have just given birth. This heiffer's milk for the first 10 days is prized for its concentration of nutrients and is supposed to be very healthy! I'm presuming that that calves are also willing to share their meal with us, because we wouldn't want to short change them.

But hay, it just goes to show that what's good for cows is good for humans. Not that you had any doubts...











Monday, July 04, 2016

Mushiokuri--Sending off of the bad insects, Shiraishi Island, Japan


 Bye-bye insects!

It was a busy few on Shiraishi Island as people used the first weekend in July to start off the summer season with style. In addition to a full crowd at the Moooo! Bar and 35 or so boats participating in the Shiraishi Yacht race, Sunday morning the annual mushi okuri festival worked its magic. This ceremony is to rid the island of harmful insects who destroy crops and buildings. How do they get rid of these insect? Easy, just call out to them and tell'em to get in the boat! The islanders carry a small wooden/straw boat through the fields and around the island calling singing a chant. Once all the baddies have eagerly jumped in, the boat is launched from the beach and it's bye-bye baddies! It's a quaint and adorable festival and our island is one of the few places in Japan that still performs the ritual. Although you missed it, you can read my article about it, or watch a short video of it, here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Opening of the Sea Ceremony (umibiraki) on Shiraishi Island, Japan #setonaikai



The altar in front of the sea. The Tenrikyo priest blesses the sea to make it safe for swimming.

Today's "umibiraki" or Opening of the Sea ceremony, was held in the pouring rain! Shiraishi Island is ready to welcome tourists for a safe season of beach play and swimming!

It's hard to believe that the rain is going to lift and we're going to have sunny weather for this weekend! Sunday is a big day on the island with the Shiraishi Yacht Race taking place and also the Mushi Okuri Festival (throwing the bad insects off the island!). You can read about last year's insect festival here here. 

Starting July 1, the Moooo! Bar is open every day through the end of August. Check out our new sunbeds and tables on the beach!

See you on the island!




 
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