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I have a confession:
In my last post, I mentioned that I was packing for a trip to the Goto islands to visit some friends and for a party some of the local ALTs were throwing there. I also mentioned I would capture some good times. Because it was a great party, I captured some amazing times. Also because it was a party, I captured the aforementioned amazing times with my eyeballs and not my camera - I didn’t feel it was necessary to get my camera involved in that fiasco. So what I have below are some pics of this past weekend, where I visited Okinawa.
As you may or may not know, Okinawa prefecture is composed of several islands way off the southern tip of the Japanese mainland, about an hour and a half flight South of Fukuoka. Before it became a Japanese prefecture, it was the home of the Ryukyu Kingdom for many, many centuries. That’s all you get in the way of a history lesson for now.
I flew in Thursday night, checked into my hostel, grabbed dinner and a beer at a local craft beer pub in Naha (check out Helios if you’re ever in Naha), and I went to bed at a reasonable hour to be well rested for the FSOT test I was scheduled to take the next morning.
Next day, I took the test, and then spent the rest of the day checkin out the Shurijo Castle (center of the Ryukyu Kingdom):
Below is the Shureimon Gate (featured on the ¥2000 bill):
Below is the actual castle:
After the castle, I went to the Okinawa Prefecture Museum (and all I got was this lousy picture):
That night I went to this foreigner bar called Rehab (the irony of bars named Rehab is so abrasive that it doesn’t even register as being misleading) and met a couple of British people and a couple of Swedish people. So we chatted and had some drinks and had a good time.
The next day, I wanted to go up to the northern part of the island to visit the aquarium that has about three whale sharks and four manta rays. In a total lapse of judgement, I took a total of zero pictures while inside the aquarium because I’m an idiot. Regardless of my stupidity, or maybe because of it, I decided I would make the two hour drive north to the aquarium on a rented motorcycle (sorry mom):
Then that night, I met up with the Swedes again at Rehab, and this time the owner was in (he’s Canadian), and we chatted with him for a while about his world travels and all the places he’s lived and it was really interesting. He also gave us a couple drinks “on the house” so that was good.
The next and final day of my trip in Okinawa, my plane was scheduled to leave at 3pm. Because of the late departure, I wanted to squeeze in a visit to Okinawa World - yes, Okinawa World - to see a big cave formation we had heard about. So the Swedes and I took an hour long bus ride to Okinawa World:
Okinawa World also had this guy playing the Shamisen:
Okinawa is a pretty cool island. Reminds me of Hawaii. However, I’ve never been to Hawaii, so it reminds me of what I once thought Hawaii must be like.
Until next time!