Pictured below are copies of some local Japanese surf media we picked up in Tokyo. Given our addiction to surfing and our recent surf trip outside the Japanese capital, we were intrigued by these.
Pictured first is a copy of Off Season we found at the Saturdays Surf store in the Daikanyama neighborhood of Tokyo. Off Season is a large-format magazine-style newspaper that seems like — as its name suggests — is printed seasonally and sells for ¥200. The publisher is based in Kamakura, Japan, about an hour’s drive south of Tokyo. It’s really about surf culture than surfing itself.
A few days earlier we picked up recent copies of the super local Heisaura Coastal Press, a small-format “free paper” available at shops in and around Tateyama and the tiny beach towns along the southwestern tip of Chiba, where the surf culture is heavy and an obvious part of the coastal region’s character. Included is a map of all the key surf breaks along Heisaura’s stretch of beach, which goes on for miles and miles and a place we recently surfed.