Mom and I once again ended up on my favorite beach in Niigata - near Sasagawa Nagare. The water was crystal clear as always, and the sky a perfect blue. We ventured down to the beach and even went in for a swim - it’s supposed to be off season now, but it’s still incredibly warm and wonderful. The last part of it was us standing completely still in waist-deep water, trying to gain the trust of about 4 curious pufferfish, who ended up circling us without a hint of worry.